Demands for “human rights” and against “Islamophobia” are being shouted ever louder and ever more hypocritically across broad swathes of today’s society.
The Arab League rolls out the red carpet for a Muslim mass-murderer, Sudan’s strongman Omar al-Bashir. His genocide of black Africans is roundly ignored throughout the Arab and wider Muslim worlds. At the same time, Muslim organisations, institutions and countries are raising their voices in a strident call for legislation to ban criticism of religion. The only religion they name is Islam.
Are all Muslims mass-murderers? Do all Muslims sympathise with genocide as a strategy for achieving political superiority? Obviously ridiculous notions. However, the fact is that the only religion in whose name murder, genocide and honour killings take place in today’s society – with official sanction either tacit or open – is Islam.
It is frequently contended that Islam as it is reflected in today’s media has been hijacked by a relatively small clique of highly active and particularly violent adherents. But the fact is that when the rest of its practitioners choose for whatever reason to remain silent and by default allow Islam to be represented by fanatics with an anti-democratic agenda and a violent strategy, then it is only natural for a shadow to fall on the entire religion.
Blatant anti-Semitism in Muslim society.
Islam is worthy a far better fate than to be intricately linked with the dark evil that a mere few represent. Having said that, no change happens of itself – if you want to nurture a reputation, you have to work at it. If you want to safeguard your good name, you have to ensure that your record is clean. If you want to guarantee your rightful role in modern society, you have to earn the right. None of this is served on a silver platter to passive bystanders – these are rights that have to be earned and, once secured, have to be cultivated.
Anyone who does not safeguard his own good name risks losing it. Muslim organisations and countries that demand society’s silence on Muslim abuses, while spreading or allowing the spread of vicious anti-Semitism and insulting views on Christianity, Bahaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, for instance, are guilty of double standards.
Double standards do not lead to constructive solutions for a better future.
If we are to attain a world where religion is no longer abused as a source of inspiration for terrorism, we are going to have to come up with constructive solutions for dealing with abusers of religion.
Silence is not a solution. Silence simply covers up continued demonisation and segregation.
Precisely what modern society does not need.
Wafa Sultan: The Arab and Muslim worlds need more self-criticism.
UN Watch: Spotlighting Durban II and Muslim states’ systematic racism and human rights abuses.