Thursday, February 16, 2006
Months after the original, uneventful publication of the cartoons, Qaradawi used his ready platform at al Jazeera to issue one of those fatwas he'd researched at that European Council of his. This one called for a "Day of Rage." It worked so well that, by the end of last week, the media were reporting, with a straight face, that Qaradawi was now "condemning" the savagery he'd quite consciously started. (See The Muslim Brotherhood Playbook, p.1.) The poor, misunderstood imam, it seems, had only meant to provoke "logical" rage, like boycotts of Havarti cheese and the like. After all, he's a "moderate" who opposes violence ... whenever he's not stirring it up...
...Nonetheless, the contemporary vision of "moderate Islam" as a meaningful force for good is a mirage. Certainly there are moderate Muslim individuals. Large pockets of them, there and there, who have assimilated to the modern world and want only to live in ecumenical peace. But many of the people we call "moderates" are flat-out phonies, the bag-men who rise on the shoulders of the leg-breakers.
The authentic moderates, meanwhile, tarry in muted resistance to the domineering strain of their faith...
More. (H/T: mal)
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