Seriously, for serious we shall some day become about this matter, what are we to do about these children of a younger god? For, looked at from any adult perspective, children is what these acolytes of Islam are, and children is what they will remain -- growing ever stronger and more dangerous in the absence of any effective discipline -- until such time as they are instructed, in no uncertain terms, to sit down, shut up, go to their rooms and sleep off the spiritual intoxication which has become a danger to others and, most of all, themselves.
And yet, no such intervention seems readily at hand from the "leaders" of Western Civilization. With numbing regularity, we are reminded daily that Islam is the youngest of the world's monotheisms and hence, I suppose, we all need to cut it a bit of slack. We are reminded of this much as clever lawyers for adolescent school serial killers remind the juries of their clients' tender years in hopes they will ignore the bodies, the collections of weapons, and the hand-crafted web sites promising death daily to all those who will not respect their deadly dementias.
Our elected "leaders" -- interested as always in preserving the status quo ante that elected them and a smooth ride through the always approaching next elections -- are tireless in their tepid promotion of Islam as merely a moderate grouping of one billion misunderstood kids. In this our leaders' dinner party guests, vacation partners, celebrity intellectuals, pundits and entertainers join them in the maudlin plaint "What's wrong with peace, love and understanding?" It is the kind of bromide that those Krazy Kolumbine Kidz would have dismissed as "lame" and go on shooting. But consequences matter little to the private jet elite. Once you've an assured seat on a G5 you cease to inhabit a country and exist only in your own private fantasy island. The consequences of your political philosophies seldom visit this island. You can just emit gaseous slogans and fly, fly away.
Wouldn't it be refreshing for those of us left at the commercial aviation security gates to hear, just once, a bit of straight talk about Islam, the MTV religion that is devoted to getting its latest Gangsta video played in heavy rotation on the news around the world?
Just once wouldn't it be immensely gratifying to get hit with just a jot of a smidgen of the truth about this lethal spiritual confection? Just one time wouldn't you listen with rapt attention to one political pundit stepping up to the microphone and keeping it real about Islam; bringing it out from behind the smoke machine of it's current greatest hit, "A Peaceful, Loving Religion," by Cool Allah and the Gang? "Peaceful" and "Loving" might be the refrain but what we see in the videos is quite a different story. An honest politician might narrate it thus:
"Hey, kick back, relax and chill. These Muslims are just the teenagers of faith. It's a phase. We all went through it. What's a few bombings, stonings, riots, wars, clitorectomies, mass murders, honor killings, kidnappings, subway slaughters, car burnings, skyscraper demolitions, the odd beheading here and there and the fooling about with nerve gas and weapons grade plutonium? They're kids. They'll grow out of it. Love is all they need."
Of course, this is like advising the proud parents of a teenager who is spraying a mall with automatic weapons fire to send him to the parking lot for a time out. He might listen to them and sullenly agree, but only to reload between keying all the cars and cell-phoning his friends to come on down and join the party.
As it is, sadly, with some teenagers so it is with some adolescent religious behavior. Not all experimental behaviors of youth allow the practitioners to survive until adulthood kicks in. Some experiments are so extreme -- running automobiles over mountain roads at 110 mph, consuming a quart of grain alcohol, taunting wild animals while inside their cages, leaving explosive devices along random stretches of public highways, strapping on a vest of dynamite and going out to the disco -- that the level of lethality exceeds 99.5%. As a civilization we seem to agree that these sorts of adolescent behavior are to be discouraged. Why we seek to explain them away when practiced by an adolescent religion is a question that has no good answers.
Perhaps, in the more mature religion of Christianity, the answer would be to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Or perhaps even the simpler Christian answer of "Love" would apply. But if that is the case, when it comes to a petulant, narcissistic, and increasingly violent teenager named Islam, that "love" needs to be applied tougher and faster lest the only mode of discipline left to an adult civilization is to send Islam to a very dark room for a very long time-out.Posted by Vanderleun at February 6, 2006 9:39 AM | TrackBack