Moderate Islam Is Multiculturalism Misspelled

KoranI 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 then they find it necessary to believe, not in a divinity, but in the moderate Muslim.

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  • bigjulie

    Yes…the climate warms periodically. We have people here conflating “global warming” with MANMADE global warming. The former is indeed a fact. The latter is not.

  • Ace

    Where do I sign?

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    BS. Christianity started out as a peaceful, tolerant religion. Islam has NEVER been tolerant or peaceful.

    • gray_man

      Christianity is not tolerant, nor is Christ.
      There is only one way.
      All others are wrong.
      However, Christians show the way, not force the way.
      Christianity is voluntary.

  • Ace

    Excellent compilation.

    Name any Democrat, leftists, socialist, liberal, or communist tenet, initiative, formulation, shibboleth, platform, credo, principle, tactic, or strategy and it is, or is based on, a lie.

  • cmtljnpkisvji1683

    An excellent article by Daniel

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • gearbox123

    Beautifully put.

  • gray_man

    If “Christians” murdered, forced conversions, promoted slavery, hated, etc., etc., they were not following Christ.
    In other words they are not Christians.
    If muslims do that they are following allah, and muhammad.

  • gray_man

    “We are way past the point of deporting millions of muslims from our western lands, because they simply won’t go, and would put the host nation into the poor house”

    We don’t ask them to go.We tell them to go.
    Send them to muslim countries, we want muslim countries in the poor house.

  • Jakareh

    Daniel Greenfield is simply the most brilliant op-ed writer in the country.

  • caMORON’s enemy

    What utter tripe this is.
    Speak to muslims in the street – I know many and none of them are violent or want violence.
    Israel’s government is run by terrorists – that much is true. To get world peace Israel is going to have to change and compensate big time for what they have done.
    Gets jews out of controlling everything – out of government and public posts.

  • Jack Diamond

    Absolutely correct. There is no jihad terrorism that is not associated with a mosque and no act that is not given sanction by some imam. Killing those who give holy permission to murder Americans should be a priority. As would be deporting those who teach sedition. Most of the bearded ones are not so anxious to die themselves, like Qaradawi they prefer to send the young fools to do the fighting.

    As to a “solution” to Islam–ridiculing Muhammad, apostatizing Muslims to Christianity–sure try everything; but like the situation for Israel, there is no solution (because it is a religious not a political conflict and Islam is a zero-sum game) but there is a way to contain the menace and limit its damage. Strength and domination. In general terms, to return the Muslim world to where it was, the weak and fragmented state it was in prior to the 1970s for some 300 years, to return it to its embrace of fatalism and end the sense of asabiyyah (any sense of victory and its enthusiasm, that it therefore must be Allah’s favored time of jihad) going around currently. The reawakened Islam brought about by the $10 trillion transfer in (unearned) oil wealth since 1973, funding jihad and supremacism everywhere. That wealth and its use, the state sponsorship of proxy jihadi groups, should have been the first targets. No ability for WMD in the Muslim world should be tolerated; an end to Muslim immigration and vigorous use of deportation; the proper public education concerning jihad and shari’a; the isolating of Islam to it’s own snake pits. Those are methods for containment of the problem, not requiring “killing them all.” It’s what the West would be doing if it had any sense at all and was not living in fairy tales, the results of which will be no end of killing.

  • Daniel Greenfield

    According to their creed, according to their mosques, according to their countries and their leaders.

    Religions don’t exist in isolation in an individual.

  • De Doc

    To make Islam truly moderate, you’d have to gut the Quran and other, sacred Muslim scriptures to no end. And it’s actually been attempted before with the respective redactors finding their lives endangered for tampering with Islam’s holy words.

    As Greenfield details above, there are deluded Westerners who wish for moderate Islam, MINOs (Muslims in Name Only), and the real ones, the latter of whom, unfortunately, represent the vast majority.

  • SOMARA556

    I don’t know for certain whether there is a ‘moderate Islam’ or not but frankly as a non-Muslim who does not believe any bit of the Islamic faith I believe that it is possible to practice a moderate version of the faith, since I don’t think any of the faith is true I don’t see why you couldn’t call that person a Muslim. If someone who identifies as Muslim rejects the backward parts of the faith (there are many) and embraces the good parts (as an Abrahamic faith like Christianity and Judaism there ARE good parts) then that person in my eyes is a moderate Muslim. Look at sects like the Amhadis, their version of Islam is peaceful and relatively tolerant, just because Wahabi scum claim that the only ‘real Islam’ is the backwards and intolerant faith we see in so many parts of the world today does not mean that we should give them what they want and call them Muslim. Many Muslims don’t follow the bad parts of their faith so remember that what you are dealing with is (generally) good people who just follow a bad idea that most of them were born into.

  • DeltaNaught

    I pity the liberal moron who tries to refute any of the excellent points made in this article….

  • Sara

    As a Jew from Iran, I’d say the “moderate” Muslims are non-practicing ones, or Muslims by name only. Even they would rise to the call of their local Imam against infidels. Right after they take another sip of whiskey. By the way Daniel, you should change “radical Islam” to just Islam in the bio next to your name.

  • Richard

    The author is spot on in his core argument, which he lays out in refreshingly lucid terms. But his concluding assault on all things Left is baseless. Of course “moderate” Islam does not exist, except insofar as a large minority of Muslims have been secularized. But by the end of the article, a straw-man “liberal” emerges who is just as imaginary, used as a foil to assert a much broader and more specious “conservative” agenda that also poses real risks to Western civilisation. The scientific evidence for climate change most certainly does exist. It isn’t just liberal idealism that has flung open our borders, but the right-wing utopian fantasy of “free trade”. And while the tragedy of multiculturalism discredits the shallow liberalism underpinning Western immigration policy, it in no way mandates a Koch Brothers approach to economic policy.

  • Richard

    I’ll remind you that while small in number, there are Left nationalists out there, too, who reject vapid multiculturalism but also oppose corporate rule.

  • Garrett MM MM YEAH YEAH

    moderate islam = moderate terrorism

  • Gordon Fraser

    Have you heard about what many of them do to their own daughters for simply interacting with the host culture they themselves chose to live in? We aren’t talking about a rational mind-set here at all.

  • Falco

    Christianity as exercised in the West is a water-downed version of “authentic Christianity”. But the factors that made possible that water-downed version of “authentic Christianity,” have no power to change Islam, have no influence in Islam – even if this religion is practiced in the West. Rather the reverse is true: with increasing numbers of Muslims, it is Islam that will change the West. And this on his turn explains also why a “Western Islam” (or a Western version of Islam) will never exist in the future neither.

    And here is the reason why:

    Islam adopted Christian practices in all departments of life. The state, society, the individual, economics and morality were thus collectively under Christian influence during the early period of Muhammedanism.

    Thus in every department we meet with that particular type of Christian theory which existed in the East during the seventh and eighth centuries. This Christian theory of life was subjected to many compromises in the West, and was materially modified by Teutonic influence and the revival of classicism.

    However, in Islam, this Christian theory underwent NOT a similar modification. Why? Because Muhammedan scholars were accustomed to propound their dicta as utterances given by Muhammed himself, and in this form Christian ideas also came into circulation among Muhammedans. When attempts were made to systematise these sayings, all were treated as alike authentic, and, as traditional, exerted their share of influence upon the formation of canon law. Sayings of Muhammed became part of canon law and therefore binding for all time!! Thus the process of development which was continued in Christendom, came to a standstill in Islam, thus questions of temporary importance to Christianity became permanent elements in Muhammedan theology. Here began the development of Muhammedan jurisprudence or, more exactly, of the doctrine of duty, which includes every kind of human activity, duties to God and man, religion, civil law, the penal code, social morality and economics.

    All human acts are thus legally considered as obligatory or forbidden when corresponding with religious commands or prohibitions, as congenial or obnoxious to the law or as matters legally indifferent and therefore permissible. The arrangement of the work of daily life in correspondence with these religious points of view is the most important outcome of the Muhammedan doctrine of duties.

    It will thus be immediately obvious to what a vast extent Christian theory of the seventh and eighth centuries still remains operative upon Muhammedan thought throughout the world.

    cf. Carl Heinrich Becker, “Christianity and Islam” (1909)

  • Joe DeCaro

    Most mass media outlets seek out English-speaking, “moderate” Muslims that reflect its own political views while Pew surveys the Muslim on the street.

  • Pray Hard

    Let’s not kid ourselves, every American president since at least Carter has been a dhimmi idiot. The current resident of the White Mosque might be the worst, but exactly 13 years and 1 day ago, George W. Bush stood on a stage with Muslims and declared that Islam was a religion of peace. Now, “don’t hurt Muslims and go shopping”.
    Allah’u fubar, Mohammed.

  • ConcernedCitizen999

    Excellent point ! Well said.

  • Flying Tiger Comics

    In fact islamics have a word for “moderate islam” believers. They call them ba’hai- as an insult. Or call them atheists- weirdly- since the moderate islam delusion disrespects or denies the power of their moon god.

  • Pray Hard

    Problem is, there is no alternative to Islam for Muslims. Furthermore, how does one separate Muslims from Islam? There won’t be a reformation of Islam because then it would no longer be Islam.

  • Pray Hard

    Best take on the liberal mindset regarding Islam I’ve ever read. When I was a young guy and “liberal”, the word had a completely different meaning than it does now. At least in my case, it didn’t have the delusional perspective and injunction. Somewhere along the way it became very poisonous.