What the tantrums are really about

Cliff May:

Many commentators have noted the apparent irony: The Pope suggests Islam encourages violence – and Muslims riot in protest.

Many commentators have pointed out the apparent hypocrisy: Muslims are outraged by cartoons satirizing Islamic extremism while in Muslim countries Christianity and Judaism are attacked viciously and routinely.

Many commentators are missing the point: These protestors – and those who incite them -- are not asking for mutual respect and equality. They are not saying: “It's wrong to speak ill of a religion.” They are saying: “It's wrong to speak ill of our religion.” They are not standing up for a principle. They are laying down the law. They are making it as clear as they can that they will not tolerate “infidels” criticizing Muslims. They also are making it clear that infidels should expect criticism – and much worse – from Muslims.

They are attempting nothing less than the establishment of a new world order in which the supremacy of what they call the Nation of Islam is acknowledged, and “unbelievers” submit – or die. Call it an offer you can't refuse.

If you don't understand this, listen harder. In London, Anjem Choudary – a Muslim Fascist if ever there was one -- told demonstrators that Pope Benedict XVI deserves to be killed – for daring to quote a Byzantine emperor's description of Islam as a religion “spread by the sword.”

"The Muslims take their religion very seriously,” Choudary explained as if to a disobedient child, “and non-Muslims must appreciate that and must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the Prophet. Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."

Well the NY Times has already been cowed and is ready to Kow Tow as are many other liberals. Few if any people whose very livelihood depends on the freedoms these guys want to suppress are willing to stand up to them and tell them to stuff it. While Islamist are fond of talking about resistance, what really, really angers them is resistance to Islam. That is why they hate the Jews and the West more than any percived grievance or victimhood put forth to justify their egregious acts.


  1. They are in effect trying to threaten the whole world into observing a principle of Sharia law:


    That US citizens legitimately fear these threats (I'm not condoning all of the spineless *reactions* to the threats) is a testament to the fact that our government has done too little to neutralize these threats. The Constitution guarantees us liberty -- and that guarantee must, if it means anything at all, especially include freedom from death threats.


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