Let’s cut through the BS and get to the heart of the matter

It is time to do a thought experiment.

If I told you that I was clearing out the garage and I came across some old things that I owned and no longer wanted, and I threw them into an incinerator because they were flammable, rather than give them away, would you think that I had done something immoral or dangerous?


Now, what if I told you that they were two old books?


Now, what if I make a video of me burning all my unwanted old stuff and post it on my Facebook page? Would you be concerned at all for my safety or the safety of my family if I mentioned that two of the old books were a bible and a koran?

Now, what if I post my drawing of the stick figure below on social media? Would you consider that to be  immoral or dangerous?


What if I told you that I was going to call my stick figure Jesus?

What if I called my stick figure Muhammad?

What if my daughter drew it because she is friends with a boy called Muhammad at kindy?

Would you be concerned at all for my safety or the safety of my family?

When it comes down to it, despite the millions of Muslims who are not fundamentalists, despite the sects that are peaceful, we both know that I will only be putting my life in danger if I burn a Koran and draw Muhammad. Only one religion in today’s modern times contains adherents who are so intolerant that burning a book and drawing a picture can genuinely put someone’s life in real danger. I use the word intolerant deliberately because we are constantly called upon to tolerate things that are intolerable from the ideology of Islam.

That is a real problem and it is an unacceptable one. Fear and Islam go hand in hand all over the world. Muslims are afraid of other Muslims. Muslim sects are afraid of other Muslim sects. Fear controls people. Fear is one of the most powerful forces known to man. How many gay men will now think twice about going to a gay club in America? How many cartoonists are now scared to satirise anything to do with Islam? How many women from Europe are now covering up to avoid ‘provoking’ new Muslim migrants and are carrying pepper spray in fear of being raped?

Many who support Islam from the liberal left do so out of fear. The left-wing non-Muslim who says that Islam is a religion of peace has more in common with me than they would care to admit. What we share is the exact same reason why we would both say no if asked to publicly burn a koran.

No doubt they would come up with reasons why they wouldn’t do it that are different to mine but they would be lying because they would burn a bible if asked to. The real reason why they wouldn’t burn a koran (which at the end of the day is just a book made of paper) is not because it is a symbol or because it is sacred but because they are scared of the consequences. Once we are too scared to burn a koran but not a bible then we are already living under the Sharia. A peaceful religion does not strike fear into the hearts of others.




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