The irrelevant majority 8

We’re all constantly being lectured by our self-annointed moral superiors to the effect that “the vast majority of Muslims”  want only to live in peace, and do not support Islam’s “Holy War” or the terrorist methods being used to wage it.

In a short and to-the-point opinion column, Paul E. Marek explains why, even if this article of faith were proved to be true, it would be irrelevant:

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people [about 4 times as many as that according to Solzhenitsyn – JB]. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing …

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up …

We must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

He includes Nazi Germany in his article. He quotes a German friend who claims that very few Germans were “true Nazis”. Whatever he might mean by “true Nazis”, the number of Germans who actively or vocally opposed Nazism was very small. It’s amazing how the German “Opposition” to Nazism has grown bigger every year since the Second World War ended.

So we wouldn’t take Nazi Germany as an example of a majority silently opposed to the evil actions of vicious leaders.

But we do agree that the supposed opinions of “most Muslims” are of no account in the war with Islam.

Posted under Commentary, Islam, jihad, Muslims by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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  • Former Atheist

    CEM – how about 6 of the 7 greatest genocides in world history were by 20th century atheist governments – Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Kim Jong Il, Pol Pot and Mengistu. The one missing is the 18th century regime of Danton and Robespierre. I think that the precursor to Islamic militancy is Mao and Mengistu and Mugabe. etc. (I disagree with Samuel Huntington’s thesis). I wish I had stayed at Duke Divinity longer….I would still like to go out for a beer or a movie without being thrown in prison by the morality police.

    Quite frankly, I am stunned at this reversal when you think 30 years ago Reagan, H.W. Bush and Charlie Wilson were defending the Mujadeen against Andropov. How short is the their memory? Also, so-called “Fundamentalists” like Qadaffi were Baathist Marxist atheists at one time. Nasser was a Baathist, so was Hafez Al-Assad and Sadaam Hussein, but they could not win their people over to its secularism. I am absolutely stunned at any religious fundamentalist violence when so short a time ago the secularists tried to wipe them off the planet.

    • Frank

      I suggest you get your facts straight before you post them.

  • CEM

    It is very interesting to note the two largest exterminations of people by their government in the 20th century (the USSR and PRC) cited in this opinion piece and posted on the AC website were by atheist regimes. This simply proves bloody tyranny is not the sole realm of religion.

    • George

      In response to CEM and Fomer Atheist, I must wholeheartedly agree with Frank. You two must indeed get your facts right. First of all Joseph Stalin was regarded as an atheist during most of the middle years of his life but the age of 15 Stalin and later in his elder years attended another religious seminary and declared to the people of the USSR that it was his intent to start his own religion. The actions of Stalin had NOTHING to do with atheism but were purely political. During the era of Stalin and Lenin , it was actually the Russian Orthodox church that wielded the true power and control in that communist nation. During the latter years of his life , Stalin made a major conversion to rligious beliefs and both the Russian government and citizenry acknowledged thatb it was AFTER his religious conversion that he was indeed the most ruthless. Then we have Sadath Saar ( aka- Pol Pot ) of Cambodia. Pol Pot was NOT an atheist. Pol Pot wa actually a Buddhist and later joined the priesthood and became a Buddhist preist. Pol Pot had such a hatred toward Western Civilization ( and Western religions) that theologians in the USA branded him as a heathen, heretic and infidel and as such the false rumors that he was an atheist began to spread. Pol Pot travelled to Paris , France where he studied the teachings of Karl Marx and began to staunchly embrace socialism. upon returning back to cambodia he became the leader of a rutheless regieme known as the Khmer Rouge. By the way Buddhists do NOT believe in a supernatuaral being( although their belief system is classified as a major religion ) and many Christians consider the practioners of Buddhism to be in the category with secularists.
      Pol Pot excuted intellectuals or anyone who he figured would oppose his socialist agenda. Many were outrighht shot while most died of starvation. Many cambodians were kiolled in the rice paddies of Cambodia ( which were later nicknamed the “Killing Fields” of which a Hollywood movie was made in the commemoration of that attrocity Mao Tse Tong ( or Zedong ) of China during his early years practiced and embraced the religion Buddhism and later “flipped-flopped” between Taoism ( pronounced dowism )and Shintoism. Chairman Mao was also branded with the same label as Pol Pot . Many Christians consider pagans to be atheists or secularists but pagans are actually practioners of the various pagan religions and/or cults. It was the Arab Muslims who first enslaved blacks massively in North Africa and later followed by European Christians who enslaved black Africans for centuries whereby 115,000,000 ( that’s one hundred fifteen million ) died while making the crossing via the Middle Passage . Many were murdered, many died of disease, abuse/torture , and many jumped ship while others died after arrival in North America. It is also a fact that Jews held blacks as slaves in the Carribean Islands ( and this is how these islands received their current major black indigenous populations).
      The most horrific mass murderer of all time would have to be the Christian God ( if you proclaim such a being exists). The Flu and The Bubonic Plague together killed over 100, 000,000 people. Who created this plague then ? Why YOUR god (deity) of course. These two plaguesalone killed innocent men, women, children and babies. hat sins did littele children and babies commit to deserve such horrific deaths. Your god is therefore responsible for earthquakes, hurricanes,tsunamis, tornadoes,flash floods, blizzards, mud slides, volcanic eruptions,cancer , birth defects, and every known disease known to humans. These HOLY HORRORS or ACTS OF GOD are the doings of your so-called merciful, loving and protective god (deity). Spare Me !!!! This makes YOUR god (deity) the most psychopathic and crazed lunatic mass-murderer that has ever existed. Over the past 100,000 years of human civilization , various religions have wiped out entire indigenous civilizations have have caused the death of over a billion people with entire societies having been vanquished from the earth. Don’t get me started. I know I’m ranting because I get so ticked off when I hear these religious zealots always claiming what atheists have done.
      Lets talk about the Grandaddy tyrant of all— Adolf Hitler. Hitler was NOT an atheist or a pagan . Hitler was born of Catholic parents who raised him as a Catholic. Hitler stated in many of his speeches that he was doing the Lord’s work and hated secularists and secularism. Yet the Religious Reich in America continue to spread this lie ad nauseum. Hitler’s brown shirts wore the inscription on their belt buckles the words GOTT MITT UNS ( GOD WITH US ). Hitler also appointed chaplains on the battlefields. Hitler stated throughout his book Mein Kemp that he was working in the name of the Lord and openly boasted of his religiosity. Many Jews during the Holocaust asked themselves — [ How could a merciful , loving and protective GOD allow such an attrocity to occur and not intervene and stop the slaughter ]. Many Jews came together and decided to put GOD on trial and they did just that. Upon their verdic , they found God GUILTY !!!!!!!!! These are actual facts that have been suppressed by intentional deception. Lets talk about abortion. You Christians claim you’re against abortion ( I am pro-Life), yet your God performs abortions by the millions. On an annual basis world-wide there are 3.5 million women who have miscarriages or stillborn births. These arte God-induced abortions or babies who die in the mother’s womb by the WILL of your murderous God. The word “will” means desire. What crime did these innocent babies commit to deserve such deaths . Why don’t you Christians condemn you God for mass killings of the unborn ? Your God is the most murderous villan, fiend, pscho, and evil being that ever existed if such a being does exist. If there is a Judgement Day coming, I want to be the first in line so I can make a ‘citizen’s arrest’ upon your deity and serve a warrant on your God crimes against humanity, nature , mass murder, birth defects, and countless more. Yes, I’m on a rant because you have ticked me off with this BS. I’m done . Happy Winter Solstice !!!!!!!!!!!!

      preserved in the archives of history and yet many American theologians have suppressed this information in order to blame atheists as the proverbial scapegoat. Then these Christians have the unmitigated gall to accuse atheists of being revisionists when they (christians) are the ones who revisied or destroyed historical records ( but not all ). Now when the truth is being told, they want to silence the real truth tellers by false accusations of revisionist history charges ( and yes there are some who have indeed made revisionist remarks to promote a dubious agenda). The facts and truth need to be told. Where was your God during the slavery of blacks in America ? Where was you God during Hurricane Katrina ? Where was your God during every

      • george

        I know I’m replying to my own post , but there was an eror when I posted the massage ( I guess because of the length ) . It didn’t appear that way when I pre-read it, but I may have accidentally pushed a wrong button by accident and put the post out of squence. Pardon my rant folks but I had to vent my frustration on this nonsense. We need more and more atheists to speak out. This website is the greatest !!!!!

        • George

          My apology for sounding abbrasive and being lengthy and the post errors/typos, but I was rather ticked ! I don’t usually sound that way but we as freethinkers need to truly let our voices be heard . Take care !!!!!!!

  • Frank

    The “majority” of Muslims stay silent because they are in a Win – Win situation. If the fundamentalist Muslims succeed in taking over Western countries then they are part of the ruling class. If the fundamentalist Muslims are not successful then they have had all the benefits of Western civilization without any effort or risks.

  • Ralph

    When I was in school I was taught the phrase “the majority rules”. Since then I have found that more often than not the majority is ruled.