Moral Monsters in Afghanistan and Moral Idiocy in America

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Even the notion of religious affront needs to be examined. Isn’t evil done in the name of one’s religion more of an affront than evil done against one’s religion? I suspect this is how nearly every Jew and Christian thinks. The vast majority of Christians would be considerably more affronted by murders of innocents in the name of Christ than by insults — like “Piss Christ” — to Christ. Why, then, isn’t the Muslim world more affronted by all the Muslims who shout “Allah is the greatest” while cutting the throats of innocent men, women and children than by illustrations of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper or the burning of a Quran by a crackpot in Florida?

Unfortunately, the moral confusion wasn’t confined to Afghanistan. Though in no way morally equivalent, we Americans exhibited our own form of moral confusion in regard to the Quran burning.

Joe Klein, political commentator for Time magazine, morally equated Terry Jones and the Afghan murderers: “There should be no confusion about this: Jones’s act was murderous as any suicide bomber’s.”

Anyone with common sense knows that there is no moral equivalence between destroying a book, no matter how holy, and destroying a human life. So how does one explain Klein’s statement?

Klein is a leftist, and his comment embodies two aspects of the contemporary left.

One is the left’s hard time identifying and confronting real evil.

Instead of focusing on Islamism, the left focuses on small evils like alleged pay gaps between men and women working at the same job or on non-evils such as carbon dioxide emissions. Or they engage in moral equivalence: The Muslim murderers are no worse than Terry Jones.

The other characteristic of the left embodied in Klein’s statement is what George W. Bush called the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” It is clear that Klein has contempt for Muslims. If Christians had slaughtered innocents because of “Piss Christ,” it would never have occurred to Klein to write, “There should be no confusion about this: Serrano’s act was as murderous as any slaughtering Christians.”

With Islamism dominating major parts of the Muslim world, and leftism dominating much of the non-Muslim world, these are not the best of times.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    The liberal view of the Muslim predilection for violence is tantamount to how one views a tornado, earthquake, or other act of nature. There is not even the expectation of accountability. It's a form of de-humanization, disguised as the opposite.

  • Thomas

    Dennis needs to educate himself more in Islam. He should talk to Robert Spencer and Bill Werner of the website "political islam". Most of all, he should listen to the words of the Islamists themselves…quoting the Koran.
    If he would read and study the Koran and listen to true moderate Muslims and ex-Muslims, that it is the religion itself that teaches hatred and murder. Mohammed is the perfect man to be emulated by everyone. Islam is NOT a religion like Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism. Mohammed was a 7th century warlord who waged constant offensive warfare, raped, murdered and demanded others to in the name of God.
    Dennis, please educate yourself on the reality of Islam. Then you will wonder no longer why so much violence is perpetrated by Muslims and all the supposedly "moderate" Muslims seem to be so passive.
    Thank you for your article, very important ideas. Keep up the good work.

  • Alexander Gofen

    Mr. Prager's position with regard of the good Pastor Terry Jones is disgusting!

    It is not "asinine event by a crackpot in Florida", Mr. Prager. Burning korans is a long overdue, shamefully long overdue. And thanks God Pastor Jones finally got it! Hopefully many others will follow.

    Prager continues:

    "To the best of our knowledge, since Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 Muslims murdered 3,000 Americans, not one American out of a population of more than 300 million has publicly burned a Quran."

    Yes, but it was a dishonor for America – and for any nation – attacked this way and not immediately responding properly! And to respond properly meant to nuke Mecca and Medina on 9/12/2001 – along with burning millions of korans and rounding up all moslemes! A nation cannot be considered great any more if it does nothing on the day like 9/11/2001.


  • Alexander Gofen

    Burning korans must be regarded as an act of defiance rather than destroying of somebody's sacred book – or any book at that matter. It must be regarded as burning of the enemy's flag, as the first step of accepting the challenge – the war declared by Islam.  

    It took 10 long years until finally the good Pastor did accept the challenge, but better late than never…

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    Joe Klein's statement that : "Jones’s act was murderous as any suicide bomber’s.” captures in a few words the insanity of the left. They will rationalize any absurdity as long as it makes "us" no better than "they" are.

  • Kevin Stroup

    A Koran is a book. Books are mere physical property. I can burn my property if I want to. So can anyone else. If a Muzzie is offended, I could not care less. I do not care about what a totalitarian moron thinks or wants. Why do we care so much about what these homicidal freaks think about us? We need to think about how we can more effectively exterminate them.

  • StephenD

    I would like to hear that all the "Moderate Muslims" around the world held a caucus and declared these murders evil and not representative of them and for them to hold each person that participates in such actions accountable for all the world to see.
    I would like to hit the lottery too but I won’t hold my breath!

  • 77patriot

    The act of burning any work of man, whether it is a Koran (or any book), an American flag or Beatles records, is a show of juvenile behavior. It does nothing to inspire thoughtful debate but just stirs up emotions. That is why burning flags and effigies of people is so popular in these Islamic/fascist countries and also on the left; their citizenry are not taught to think, but encouraged to feel.

    The best way to put away the Koran is to quote it as Christians and Jews quote from the Bible. Once it is exposed, it will be seen for what it is: nothing but a hodgepodge of non-sense. Try asking a Muslim, "What is your favorite verse from the Koran?" That would be a real revelation!

    • Alexander Gofen

      "The act of burning any work of man, whether it is a Koran (or any book), an American flag or Beatles records, is a show of juvenile behavior."

      Not exactly! Your statement could be correct only if you remove koran from it. Yes, burning all things mentioned by you (except koran) is juvenile behavior because

      (a) It casually happens everywhere, nobody fears to do it;
      (b) Neither of those things are enemy's challenge or declaration of war;

      Koran is. Burning korans is a sign of defiance meaning that we finally accepted the declaration of a war waged on us.

  • tanstaafl

    There is no such thing as an "Islamist". There is only Islam and all Moslims are ordered to kill unbelievers when and wherever they find them.

    From the Qur'an –
    Believers must retaliate. Those who transgress will have a painful doom. 2:178
    Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. (But if they desist in their unbelief, then don't kill them.) 2:191-2
    Fight them until "religion is for Allah." 2:193

  • kafirman

    Dear Dennis,

    Every time you use the word "Islamist" you betray the "we will never forgot" mantra of the post-WW2 Jews. Islam is defined by Mohammad, the ideal moral example for all. Islam is not primarily defined by your Islamic neighbors who do not follow Mohammad's example.

  • Atikva

    The burning of "Mein kampf" or Mao's little red book would not matter to anyone, so why should burning the coran be considered as "offensive" and "asinine"? Why discriminate between books promoting totalitarian ideologies such as national socialism, communism and islam?

    Obviously, Mr. Prager hasn't realized that islam is a totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion; and that his appeasement efforts only contribute to the enemy's efforts toward the conquest of our western civilization. The many butcheries committed all over the world by these abysmally stupid mobs should be severely punished instead of

  • Ozzy

    but I guess that even though I hold the view that it is simple Cowardice on the part of the Left to take stands against those that might actually HURT them, in contrast to say the Blacks who suffered to attain Civil Rights, or the Women who suffered to attain Suffrage, it could be something else.
    Well written, Dennis, I usually disagree with you on almost everything, but in this missive you make excellent points

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