Daniel Greenfield: “Moderate Islam is our new religion”

Daniel Greenfield’s famous, classical chronicle on how Leftist politicians invented “moderate Islam” to make voters accept the import of Muslim voters for the Left. Statistics backing Greenfield’s point here.

Via Dispatch International:

I have been searching for moderate Islam since September 11 and just like a lost sock in the dryer, it was in the last place I expected it to be.

There is no moderate Islam in the mosques or in Mecca. You won’t find it in the Koran or the Hadiths. If you want to find moderate Islam, browse the newspaper editorials after a terrorist attack or take a course on Islamic religion taught by a Unitarian Sociologist wearing fake native jewelry.
You can’t find a moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but you can find it in countless network news specials, articles and books about the two homelands of their respective brands of Islam.

You won’t find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won’t even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won’t find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam.

Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.

The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.
Take Islam, turn it inside out and you have moderate Islam. Take a Muslim who hasn’t been inside a mosque in a year, who can name the entire starting lineup of the San Diego Chargers, but can’t name Mohammed’s companions and you have a moderate Muslim. Or more accurately, a secular Muslim.

An early generation of Western leaders sought the affirmation of their national destinies in the divine. This generation of Western leaders seeks the affirmation of their secular liberalism in a moderate Islam.

Even if they have to make it up.

Without a moderate Islam the Socialist projects of Europe which depend on heavy immigration collapse. America’s War on Terror becomes the endless inescapable slog that the rise of ISIS has once again revealed it to be. Multiculturalism, post-nationalism and Third World Guiltism all implode.

Without moderate Muslims, nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins. That is what they fear.

If there is no moderate Islam, no moderate Mohammed, no moderate Allah, then the Socialist Kingdom of Heaven on Earth has to go in the rubbish bin. The grand coalitions in which LGBT activists and Islamists scream at Jews over Gaza aren’t the future; they’re the Weimar Republic on wheels.

Flash back to Obama in his tan suit wearily saying that he has no strategy for ISIS. The original plan was to capture Osama alive, give him a civilian trial, cut a deal with the moderate Taliban and announce the end of the War on Terror before the midterm elections.

So much for that.

Moderate Islam is a difficult faith. To believe in it you have to disregard over a thousand years of recorded history, theology, demographics and just about everything that predates 1965. You have to ignore the bearded men chopping off heads because they don’t represent the majority of Muslims.

Neither does Mohammed, who did his own fair share of headchopping. The real Islam is a topic that non-Muslims of no faith who hold sacred only the platitudes of a post-everything society are eager to lecture on without knowing anything about it.

Their Islam is not the religion of Mohammed, the Koran, the Hadiths, the Caliphs or its practitioners in such places as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq or Indonesia. Their Islam is a religion that does not exist, but that they fervently believe must exist because without it their way of life is as doomed as the dodo.

They aren’t Muslims. They have no faith in Allah or the Koran. Instead they have faith in the goodness of an Islam that exists without resort to scriptures, theology or deity. This may seem strange to actual believers, but after all their own poor tattered scraps of Christianity or Judaism don’t bother paying too much attention to deities or scriptures except when it comes to cherry-picking quotes about tolerance.

Is it any wonder that they treat Islam the same way?

The true moderate Muslims are secular liberals of loosely Christian and Jewish persuasion who have invented and believe in a moderate Islam that doesn’t exist outside of their own heads. This secular Islam, which values all life, is dedicated to social justice and universal tolerance, is a counterpart of their own bastardized religions. And they are too afraid to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist.

When American and European leaders insist that Islam has nothing to do with the latest Islamic atrocity, they are not referencing a religion practiced by Muslims, but an imaginary religion that they imagine Muslims must practice because the alternative is the end of everything that they believe in.

Their moderate Islam is light on the details, beyond standing for social justice, fighting Global Warming and supporting gay rights, because it is really multiculturalism wearing a fake beard. When a Western leader claims that the latest batch of Islamic terrorists don’t speak for Islam, he isn’t defending Muslims, he’s defending multiculturalism. He assumes that Muslims believe in multiculturalism because he does.

Moderate Islam is just multiculturalism misspelled. Its existence is a firm article of faith for those who believe in multiculturalism.

Dissuading a believer in moderate Muslims from his invented faith by citing the long trail of corpses or the hateful Hadiths that call for mass murder is futile because these are not the roots of his religion. He doesn’t know what a Hadith is nor does he care. As a social justice man in good standing, he attributes the violent track record of Islam to European colonialism and oppression.

He has never read the Koran. He has read a thousand articles about how Muslims are oppressed at the airport, in Gaza, in Burma and in Bugs Bunny cartoons. They are his new noble savages and he will not hear a word against them. Having colonized their identities in his imagination (despite the marked up copy of Edward Said’s Orientalism that he keeps by his bedside) he treats them as reflections of his ego.

When you say that moderate Muslims don’t exist, you are calling him a bad person. When you challenge Islam, you are attacking multiculturalism and he will call you a racist, regardless of the fact that Islam is as much of a race as Communism, Nazism or the Mickey Mouse Fan Club were races.

The moderate Muslim is an invention of the liberal academic, the secular theologian, the vapid politician and his shrill idiot cousin, the political activist. Like the money in the budgets that underpin their plans and the scientific evidence for Global Warming, he does not exist.

And it is not necessary that he should exist. It is only necessary that we have faith in his existence.

The degraded lefty descendants of Christians and Jews wait for a moderate Muslim messiah who will reconcile the impossibilities of their multicultural society by healing the conflicts between Islam and the West. Until they find him, they have to believe, not in a divinity, but in the moderate Muslim.

The article was first published at Daniel Greenfield’s blog Sultan Knish.

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  1. Another admirable article from Greenfield. Believing in the unicorn and tooth fairy, cultural Marxists are looking for the missing justification for bringing in armies of 7th century warriors into Western democracies. Could they possibly be making a mistake? Nah. Utopia lies just at the end of the rainbow with its pot of gold…of course it does…after Muslims create the same dysfunctionality in the West that exists in all Muslim countries we’ll see…but it’ll be too late then…European civilization will be gone. Could it be the dysfunctional Sharia culture of Islam that creates Islam’s many failed states?

  2. While Daniel Greenfield is an entertaining writer, I don’t believe he is right in his core argument that there is no such a thing as a moderate Muslim (unless they are secular).

    There are plenty of moderate Muslims, as there are moderate Muslim countires.

    Not that Islam is inherently moderate – just like Chrisitianity and Judasim (which have their own share of extremist texts dating back thousands of years), it all depends on who is interpreting it – and it what century,

    Right now, there is wave of Islamic extremism that is sweeping the world. And while there are also Chrisitan and Jewish extremists, their numbers are far smaller and their actions are neither as cruel or as global in reach as the Islamic extremists.

    Where legtimate criticism is warranted, is regarding the moderate Muslims who are not sufficiently standing up to the extremists.

    We only end the scourge of Islamic extremism, when Islam itself takes on its own demons and confronts the fanatics in their midst.

    The Western World underwent the Enlightenment – where ideas like separation of Church and State and Freedom of Speech became core values, even while co-exisiting with Christianity and Judaism.

    To some extent, this has begun to happen among the moderate Muslims – but unless they take a stand agains their extremist co-religionists, this problem will continue.

    • elias ???
      exactly WHERE are THESE MODERATES located and HOW ARE THEY IDENTIFIED ??
      LITTLE TAQIYAAH anyone ?
      let’s PROMOTE and ADVANCE islam among the braindead.

      same for YOUR alleged
      ” Chrisitan and Jewish extremists, their numbers are far smaller and their actions are neither as cruel or as global in reach as the Islamic extremists.”

      WHERE ARE these extremists ?
      what’s THEIR latest action ?
      lamestream one stream mediyuuh’s protecting THEM ?
      sure they are//sarc.

  3. You forgot to mention Muslims are to LIE to non-Muslims. Meaning they will be IMPOSSIBLE to get along with as God mentioned several thousand years ago about them before banishing them to the desert.

  4. Excellent article, but lacking in some specifics in order to make your case.

    In analyzing ISLAM, after 911, I returned to the original meanings of words, in particular, the word ISLAM itself. It is ‘translated’ variously, by these western so called scholars as meaning; PEACE, or SUBMIT. This is in and of itself validates your thesis. Islam, MUST, I repeat, MUST, be translated in the original Arabic in order to convey the original meaning. In Arabic, ISLAM is properly translated as;

    THERE WILL BE PEACE, WHEN ALL THE WORLD SUBMITS TO THE WILL OF ALLAH.

    There can only be ONE way to interpret this…
    Thus the doctrine of Taqqiya, or The Deception, is a form of war. Under Islam you see, there are two HOUSES. The House of Peace and the House of War. ( Or the Dar al Islam, and the Dar al Haarb.) Islam, is by definition; Holy WAR. And, All War is Deception. (Ask Sun Tzu)

    Therefore, to conclude, that there is something called ‘moderate’ Islam, is the Ultimate Taqqiya, designed to use the enemies weaknesses against them. Thus they play the Game of liberal society, those who wet their pants at the thought of (GASP) VIOLENCE against themselves, and, as you stated, they cannot fathom that anyone could possibly be unlike them or their version of religion, which, is simply using religion to paint themselves as ‘moral’ people. They use ‘sweet words on the tongue, like honey, that grow bitter in the belly’, the perfect Bibilcal representation of the doctrine of our own version of Taqqiya; Political Correctness.

    They also hate Christians, and Islam has become their soul mate simply because of the old Arab doctrine; The enemy of my enemy, is my friend.

    Obama, the False Prophet of Socialism was a moooslim, and once a muslim always a muslim. He was prophecied in a Hadith. The “Tall dark man of the west” has come, as I lay out in my article; Coincidence or Prophecy.

    God Bless
    The Piper

  5. Muslims believe that the Koran is the perfect word of their god, Allah. The word of Allah cannot be wrong. It cannot be altered. It cannot be added to or subtracted from and no part of it can be denied.

    Being the word of Allah, the Koran is Islam’s primary founding document. The word of their god has precedence over everything else. There is no higher source for what Islam requires of Muslims.

    Moderate Muslims claim that Islam is a religion of peace. They say that Muslim terrorists practice a distorted version of the religion and that there is no justification in Islam for terrorist acts. But, through the Koran, Islam tells Muslims to make war in order to spread Islam. Islam tells Muslims to hate, subjugate and kill non-Muslims and to not take any of them as friends. Islam tells Muslims to exterminate the Jews. Islam tells Muslim men that they can rape their wives and female slaves. Islam says that women are inherently inferior to men and that gays and apostates are to be killed.

    Those claims by the moderates are refuted by nothing less than the Koran itself. The perfect word of their god shows that Islam is not a religion of peace, that Muslim terrorists are not following a distorted version of the religion and that there is an abundance of justification in Islam for terrorist acts.

    Muslim terrorists are often called extremists. They are not extremists. They haven’t selected a few barbaric Koran passages and discounted the far greater civilised number; they couldn’t have. The civilised passages of the Koran are few and are reduced to insignificance by the far greater number of barbaric ones.

    Those “extremists” are, in fact, genuine Muslims following the letter and spirit of the Koran, Allah’s perfect word. They are doing what Islam tells them to do. The horrors perpetrated by certain Muslim groups are extreme by civilised standards but those horrors are justified by Islam when dealing with enemies of Islam. Muslims are told by the god of Islam to hate and kill. Extremism isn’t the problem. Islam is the problem.

    Many Muslims condemn the acts of Muslim terrorists but there they stop; they don’t continue on to condemn the Koran passages which are used as justification. Instead, they pretend that the terrorists are “un-Islamic” and that there is no support in Islam for terrorist acts. They present a civilised Islamic facade to the world, a false front, a mask which hides the true nature of Islam. They play their part in non-Muslims being deceived and led to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that the terrorists are following a distorted version of it. But Islam is not a religion of peace. The Koran tells Muslims to hate and kill. And the terrorists are not following a distorted version of the religion. The terrorists are genuine Muslims who are being true to Islam.

    If any Muslims are following a distorted version of Islam, it’s the moderates. If any Muslims have selected a few Koran passages to follow and have ignored the bulk of the book, it’s the moderates. If any Muslims are being deceitful about the content of the Koran and Islam’s goal to be the only religion world-wide and followed by everyone, it’s the moderates.

    The moderates give Islam a way into civilised countries by misrepresenting it and are a far greater threat to civilisation than the terrorists. They are knowingly aided and abetted by western politicians, the media, royalty and other traitors who call Islam a religion of peace, who say that there is nothing in Islam to justify the acts of terrorists, who won’t tell their people what Islam’s instructions to Muslims really are and who won’t take a stand to protect their people against the ever-growing problems caused by Islam.

    But don’t take anyone’s word for it.

    Know your enemy. Read the Koran.

  6. I think a better religion to “convert” liberals to is the Religion of Lead. Make them worship lead by injecting little lead projectiles into their heads. Liberalism is a mental illness.

  7. Those who perpetuate the doctrine of “moderate Islam” are the enemies of women and LGBTI people. They turn a blind eye to Muslim misogyny, discrimination, violence and killings. They are Islamofascists!
    I support Gert Wilders’ views and the world-view of his party – it is well researched, pro-Western values and anti-Islam.

  8. Seems as if the moderate muslim messiah they await is el-Sisi. However Sisi’s call for reformation in Egypt may only end up in beheading or a death like that of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi. Which will still not exert reality into the myths of the liberals.

  9. Unfortunately, experience/history repeatedly shows, throughout the centuries, that turning the other cheek to the Islamists simply emboldens them. They will break your jaw, or smash your face in. For the strict adherents of Islam, the kafir is sub-human. The kafir’s life is worthless.

    Moderate Muslims, wittingly or unwittingly, provide Islamists the cover to carry out the jihadist policy of world domination. Moderates are helpless, and in some respects, hopeless. They are an obstacle for those trying to combat terrorist Islam, and a strategic asset for those indulging in terrorism in the name of Islam.

    Tough, smart action/policies needed, or this slow bleeding to death will continue. In few months, this latest murderous act will be forgotten, and it will be life as usual, until another atrocity. The Sydney siege is already fading from the collective memory.

    Ignore the trend/evidence at your own peril.

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