Only the blink of an eye ago, uttering the unpleasant truth that in terms of doctrine there is no such thing as “moderate Islam” resulted in one’s banishment from what our opinion elites like to call the “mainstream,” by which they mean the narrow-minded, viciously defended circle of their own pieties and fictions. You could say it, but your skin had better have an extra coat or two of thick: You were in for a fusillade of rage, the likes of which our candor-phobic elites would never dream of unleashing at our Islamist enemies — no matter how clearly those enemies announced their intention to destroy us.McCarthy's article makes it clear how so many of us have been trained to "self-censor." There is this need to be "responsible" and "mainstream," to pander to the common mythology: Islamic terrorists have hijacked the religion, yada yada yada. In many cases, we have bloggers assuming a pseudo moral posture and repeating liberal slogans about religious intolerance to show how enlightened they are.
Indeed, some of the comments coming out of the right blogosphere right now are particularly inane, especially regarding Pastor Terry Jones and his plan to burn Qurans. We have Brigitte Gabriel telling her followers:
We at ACT! for America denounce and condemn, in the strongest terms, the upcoming Koran burning event organized by Pastor Terry Jones and members of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Their proposed event is ill-conceived, counter-productive and unwelcome in a world where ideas and philosophies are best debated in the context of the issues and the facts. We find this an archaic act that serves no useful purpose, and as such is a regrettable instance of an inability or unwillingness to discuss the issues facing us in a reasonable and constructive manner.[Hat tip: View From the Right]
ACT! for America is, and has always been, committed to exposing the threat of the political ideology of radical Islam and its sharia law through constructive debate, illumination of the facts, and a reasoned analysis of the implications of the threat.
Pastor Jones and his congregation are stooping to the tactics of and joining the inarticulate who express their anger and opposition through destructive and spiteful acts of denigration. What is the difference between his actions and the actions of Islamists destroying synagogues in Gaza or churches and Bibles in Lebanon, Bosnia and Egypt? We are better than that as Americans.
Has Gabriel forgotten that there is no rational discussion with Islamists? She acts as if the clash of civilizations is merely the equivalent of discussing new paint schemes for the condo complex, preferably over coffee and danish. Then she makes the absurd comparison of Jones burning a few Qurans to Muslims destroying churches and synagogues.
One of the major goals of political correctness is to cause individuals to self-censor, i.e. refrain from telling unpleasant truths under the threat of being ostracized as a pariah. So many of my fellow bloggers self-censor regularly and this event is no exception.