Islam and Islamo-criticism: the irrepressible conflict
To understand the meaning of the current stand-off between CAIR and Robert Spencer, we need to grasp that it is a standoff between liberalism on one side and the truth about Islam on the other.
Liberalism tells us that to make negative generalizations about any group is a prohibited act of bigotry.
The truth about Islam is that Islam is a tyrannical belief system that seeks, through conversion, fraud, and violence, the subordination of all of mankind to the Islamic sharia law; and, further, that there are no authoritative Islamic doctrines or leaders that stand against that program.
By the lights of liberalism, the above statement is a negative generalization about a group, and therefore prohibited bigotry.
The irrepressible conflict between liberalism and the truth about Islam is also explained in terms of Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society: The more alien and dangerous any non-Western group actually is, the more racist and bigoted it is to speak the truth about it.
Spencer speaks the truth about Islam. The truth about Islam is damning. Therefore by the lights of liberalism Spencer is a bigot.
The conflict can be resolved in one of two ways: Either Spencer and other Islam critics will be silenced, and liberalism and Islam will triumph. Or truth will be permitted, and the rule of liberalism will be broken, and the West will be liberated to start protecting itself from Islam.
The above considerations provide the framework in which to approach an anonymously authored 63-page report posted at CAIR’s website, “ROBERT SPENCER’S HISTORY OF ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS,” parts of which I’ve looked at.
The report starts with this amazingly wacky statement by the unnamed author (in fact his name is Jim Sutter—see below):
We’ll begin with the Conclusion, and then show how that conclusion was reached:As I’ve said, I have not read the whole report, but what I guess the author is saying here is that Spencer says that bin Laden’s understanding of Islam is indeed the orthodox understanding of Islam for the last 1400 years, and by saying so, Spencer is assisting bin Laden.
The report continues:
Unfortunately, either for the above motivation, or because he suffers from the same narcissism that infects many other bigots—Spencer adamantly refuses to even consider the possibility that his statements and conclusions on Islam could be wrong—so stubbornly that he mimics the exact techniques, claims and sayings as neo-Nazis, anti- Semites, and other Islamophobes. Of course, Spencer may be afraid that if he publicly considered that he was wrong, the income from his books and columns would drop and diminish the profit he makes by playing on people’s fears.Further:
MOVING ON TO SPECIFICS:So, there you have it. The truth about Islam, running up against the liberal rule that negative generalizations about minority, nonwhite or non-Western groups must not be made.
Finally, the CAIR report also quotes this Spencer comment, from 2005:
I have written on numerous occasions that there is no distinction in the American Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists.I didn’t know Spencer had said anything that radical. That backs up my suggestion last night that when Spencer supports the idea of expelling jihadists, it really means expelling all orthodox Muslims. Even I, with my step by step approach to reversing the flow of Muslim immigration, have never said anything that strong.
On a passing note, there is one reported fact in the CAIR document that is deeply surprising: Spencer does not know Arabic. How can this be? The study of Islamic texts has been his life work.
Michael D. writes:
I downloaded the RobertSpencerArticlePDFArchived.pdf file so I could look at its file properties. The author field in those properties contained “Rev. Jim Sutter,” whoever he is. There was also a copyright notice field which contained “(c) Hatewatch Hall of Shame—Rev. Jim Sutter 2007.” I easily discovered that Sutter runs a blog called Hatewatch Hall of Shame where, per his blog subtitle, you can find him “Exposing, exploring, educating, and eliminating hatred in all its forms.” Articles announcing the availability of the “study” you linked to can be found here, Spencer’s Spin, complete with a picture of Joseph Goebbels to accompany his reference to comparisons by unnamed others of Spencer to Goebbels, and here, Major Expose Coming Soon. The link to the PDF you found at CAIR’s site is the same link Sutter provides on his blog. It is not a link to a file physically residing on CAIR’s site; perhaps that affords them some legal cover. The file appears to reside on a web site that, among other things, offers media storage facilities to blogs.LA replies:
Thanks for this, I had seen the name Sutter connected with this document, but had had nothing definite.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 16, 2007 11:53 AM | Send