Have you seen this picture yet? It tries to illustrate the problem with ‘radical’ Islam:
THIS IS NOT AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THE PROBLEM!
I don’t know how to say this tactfully, so I’m just going to say it and pray the Lord will help you see the Truth:
Anyone who tells you there is such thing as ‘moderate’ Islam and ‘radical’ Islam is telling you they are too ignorant to talk to you about Islam!
The picture above is based on the assumption that only a small percentage of Muslims are ‘radicals,’ and that the rest are safe. This is a false assumption, so this picture is a false analogy. I have tried to think of a way that I can explain the problem to you more accurately, but the best picture I can create cannot be painted in a simple meme. It is going to require you to use your imagination.
We have an ice skating rink with lots of every-day people skating around, having fun. These are you and I: non-Muslim America. Now, a bunch of people dressed like hockey players get on the rink with us. These are the Muslims. While we are all going around in the same direction, hockey players skate in whatever direction they please. And while we skate at a reasonable speed, so as not to harm anyone else, hockey players skate fast, and ‘body check’ whoever gets in their way. This is ‘moderate’ Islam in America: pretending to be a skater just like you and I, but in reality, they are disrupting our society.
But here is the other half of the equation; the part most people simply do not understand. Some of these hockey players have their sticks, and they start using them to hit the rest of us as we try to have a peaceful skate. These are the ‘radical’ Muslims. But the ‘moderate’ Muslims are still hockey players, and they are still skating fast in every direction, knocking people out of their way while — the whole time — complaining that we are getting in their way. But you still don’t have a clear picture of the threat. The ‘moderate’ Muslims have their sticks on the bench, and they can grab and use them at any time, or they can put them back and go back to accusing you and I of getting in their way.
But you still don’t have the full picture. Mixed in with the hockey players are a small group who are dressed just like the hockey players, and they act like they are part of the hockey group — but they try to skate in the same direction and at the same speed as you and I are skating. These are the people we want to believe the moderate Muslims are, but — in reality — they aren’t Muslims at all. They are just pretending to be hockey players so the real hockey players will not check them or hit them with their sticks. Now we have a decent picture of the problem.
So, one more time: we have you, me and all our friends and family trying to enjoy a pleasant skate (American society), all of us going at a safe speed and in the same direction (obeying the law). Then a bunch of hockey payers get on the ice (these are the Muslims). Some of them try to join us and skate slowly in the same direction, but they are not hockey players — they are only dressed like hockey players so they do not get hurt (Muhammad called these people hypocrites and apostates). The rest of the hockey players skate fast, in whatever direction they please. They check whoever gets in their way to the ground, then accuse the person they hit of getting in their way (these are the moderates). A few of these hockey players have sticks, and they hit people — hard (these are the ‘radicals’). But then the last element of the problem enters the picture. The rink managers step onto the ice and start yelling at you and I, telling us that the only hockey players who are doing wrong are the ones with the sticks, and that we should stop getting upset with the rest of the hockey players. What’s more, the rink managers start accusing us of being bigots and racists because we hate the people dressed as hockey players. Now you have an accurate picture of the problem we face!
OK, so now that you have the picture, imagine you are skating with your little girl and you see a large person in a hockey jersey coming up from behind you — fast! They are heading right for you, and they have their hands behind their back so you cannot see if they are holding a hockey stick. What do you do? But — before you decide — let me warn you: if you assume the hockey player has a stick and act to defend your daughter but it turns out you are wrong — even if the player checks both of you to the ground and breaks your daughter’s leg — the rink managers are going to have you charged with a hate crime. So, once again: big hockey player coming fast, hands behind his back, about to hit you and your small daughter. What do you do?
Well, in our insane society, we actually invite more hockey players to get on the ice and then beat down anyone who complains that we are endangering them or their family.
Now, I don’t want to put you on the spot, so let me answer how you should respond to this situation for you. What you do is defend your daughter — even if it means you knock the hockey player to the ground in the process. You have a duty to your family, then to the rest of us trying to obey the law. Next, you join with the rest of us and kick the hockey players off the rink — even the ones who are just trying to hide so they don’t get attacked. Yes, they may not be hitting people, but they are not innocent They had no business wearing hockey jerseys. As far as you and I know or can tell, they were part of the group hitting people and they just threw their sticks away or started behaving better when they realized we were trying to restore order. There is no way to sort the guilty from the innocent when the innocent willingly identify with the guilty. As for the rink managers: we sue them! They had a higher duty to provide security for those of us using the rink correctly. So we use the law to sue the rink managers for negligence, and where we can prove the rink managers made it easier for the hockey players to hurt others, we prosecute the rink managers! This is how a responsible person acts in this situation.
Now, why people cannot see and understand this is beyond me, but this is exactly what we are facing. The question for all of us now is, are we going to listen to the rink managers as we see the hockey layers knocking us down and blaming us for getting int heir way, or will we recognize the situation for what it is and act accordingly — responsibly?