Moderate Muslims Speak Out

Rusty Shackleford over at The Jawa Report has a facetiously-titled post claiming that moderate Muslims are speaking out against the cartoon jihad, but posts pictures of the tens of thousands of Muslims who are threatening violence over a series of cartoons.

His post made me harken back to a column written by Dennis Prager in response to Muslim rioting in France last November. Among his “Five Questions Non-Muslims Would Like Answered,” Prager asks:

(2) Why is the Muslim population so quiet?

Since Muslim terrorists blowing themselves up in the name of Allah and Palestinian nationalism, I have been praying to see Muslim demonstrations against these atrocities. Last week’s protests in Jordan against the bombings, while welcome, were a rarity. What I have seen more often is mainstream Muslim spokesmen implicitly defending this terror on the grounds that Israel occupies Palestinian lands. We see torture and murder in the name of Allah, but we see no anti-torture and anti-murder demonstrations in the name of Allah. (please re-read question 1 and answer it accordingly)

There are a billion Muslims in the world. How is it possible that essentially none (bar the recent Jordanian initiative) have demonstrated against evils perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam? This is true even of the millions of Muslims living in free Western societies. What are non-Muslims of goodwill supposed to conclude? When the Israelis massacred Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982, great crowds of Israeli Jews gathered to protest their country’s moral failing. Why has there been no comparable public demonstration by Palestinians or other Muslims to morally condemn Palestinian or other Muslim-committed terror?

The question remains unanswered. What’s worse is that when moderate Muslims do address Islamic violence they always qualify their statements with a justification — i.e., “I condemn this violence, but …” or “Islam is a religion of peace, but …”

Unless and until Muslims make universal and emphatic declarations against violence perpetrated by fellow Muslims, it’s going to remain difficult to believe that a moderate wing of this religion actually exists.

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  1. Jonk says:

    Protest cartoons with violence and outrage, but remain silent on suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism. Religion of peace in a nutshell.

  2. Muslims are speaking out, but it doesn’t mesh with the prevailing media/blogger viewpoint that Islam is a monolithic religion, dismissable with a couple of facile observations; so such voices tend to be ignored.

  3. ken says:

    James, complaining that someone elses point of view would be more to your liking if they first took the tiny mote of dust out of their eye that is clouding their vision would be more credible if you first took the beam out of your own eye.

    I have never read about you condemming Bush for the torture and killing of innocent people. Yet he is the one directly responsible for launching an immoral illegal and unjustified war of agression on Iraq that led to torture and the death of thousands.

    Hell, you voted for the guy. You are just as much at fault for the killing of innocent Iraqis as Bush is. Doesn’t your conscience bother you at all?

    Until you are willing to admit your mistake and condem those you supported for their senseless killings you are in no postiton to condem others for not doing the same.

  4. G A PHILLIPS says:

    Ken, the only thing immoral, ilegal, and unjustified around is the kooklore that you keep bringing up.You might want to take your head out of the jackasses feadbag before you talk about the oats in someone else’s mouth. Until you admit that your socialism has enslaved half of this country with entitlements and is responsible for 44,000,000 murdered babies and counting; you should not be allowed to butter your own toast, cause I’m sure you would ruin it, blame it on someone else, and sue them because your feelings were hurt. So sorry if this seems harsh Ken, but its how you make me think when I read your donky poo.

  5. G A PHILLIPS says:

    an’t no moderate muslims,they’re just non-believers!

  6. Herb says:

    Ken is in love with the terrorists and hates America. That is a FACT.

    I wonder just what keeps Ken here in the USA. He preaches his hate America rehtoric on every occasion and never passes a chance to degrade everything about America.

    I can tell everyone that is just exactly what he professes to be, An out ond out COWARD who never served the US in any way and has only been a leach upon society. All he knows is Take, Take, Take and Hate, Hate, Hate, America.

    In short, Ken is an as***le

  7. dutchmarbel says:

    Unless and until conservatives make universal and emphatic declarations against verbal violence perpetrated by fellow conservatives, it’s going to remain difficult to believe that a moderate wing of this ideology actually exists?

  8. Dr. Weevil says:

    Did Dennis Prager really write that “Israelis massacred Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps”? In fact the massacres were carried out by Christian Lebanese: the Israelis were accused of failing to prevent the massacre.

    So Prager could have made it an a fortiori argument: Israelis demonstrate against their fellow Israelis when they fail to prevent massacres performed by others, while Muslims don’t even protest against massacres actually committed by their fellow Muslims.

  9. G A PHILLIPS says:

    Duchmarbel, what in the great blue hell is verbal violence? dude why, I think you should worry about physical violence. I got an experiment for you, when a muslim is about to cut your head off, try some conservative verbal violence, and see if you can fend him off. Dude you might want to smoke another one, and think about the donkey turds you just typed, or were you just kidding?

  10. Herb says:

    looks like dutchmarbel is a marbelhead. Best advise for him is to get a life for a change