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.