No Exit (from Islam)

No Exit (from Islam), by James Kirkpatrick.

It’s no secret that the chief catalyst for Brexit is Muslim immigration. It’s for the same reason that numerous other Europeans want out of the EU. Their countries are being Islamized before their eyes and there seems little they can do about it as long as policies on borders and immigration are set by bureaucrats in Brussels. The move to leave the EU is, in large part, a move to keep Islam out of Europe.

Which prompts a question. Why not encourage Muslims to leave Islam? Islam is not only a major problem for the rest of the world, it is also a major problem for many Muslims. How many? It’s difficult to say because expressing dissatisfaction with Islam is not something that Muslims are free to do. Criticism of Islam or its prophet is a violation of sharia blasphemy laws and is punishable by prison and sometimes death.

Totalitarian systems: Communism, Nazism, Islam, the EU — it’s just a matter of degree.

One of the complaints of those in Britain and Europe who want to part company with the EU is that it has evolved into a soft totalitarianism—a milder version of the old Soviet Union. Indeed, it’s been suggested that one of the reasons the pre-Brexit polls were so far off the mark is that Brits are afraid to tell pollsters what the really think for fear that Big Brother will be listening in on the phone conversation.

If the EU is a soft totalitarianism, then Islam is a hard form of the same. It suppresses dissent more effectively than the EU could ever hope to do. It is arguably as oppressive as the Nazi regime in Germany and the Communist dictatorship in the Soviet Union. The chief evidence for this totalitarianism are the blasphemy laws and the apostasy laws. The first make it a crime to criticize Islam, and the second make it a crime to leave Islam. …

Islam is a religion that is held together by force. Western societies profess to be opposed to such constraints on freedom of religion. In other matters, we are quick to say that people should free themselves from such oppression. Yet very few are willing to apply this principle to Islam.

The politically correct deliberately misunderstand Islam:

The absence of any well-organized Exslam campaign can be explained in part by two basic misunderstandings about Islam. The first is a failure to understand that it is both a religion and a geo-political movement for world domination (James Bondish as that may sound). The second misunderstanding is to assume that, insofar as it is a religion, Islam is a religion just like ours. That would mean, of course, that it is a freely chosen religion. Therefore, if Muslims wanted to leave it, they would. …

Another common mistake that skews our understanding of Islam is to assume that religion is a purely private affair between an individual and his God. … That may be true of some rarefied versions of Western Christianity, but in most places and throughout most of history, religion was and is a very public matter. This is particularly the case with Islam, a religion which maintains that there are no private spaces—that every aspect of life must be governed by religious law.

The politically correct help imprison Muslims:

Eastern Europeans who chafed under communist rule at least had the reassurance of knowing that the West shared their opposition to Soviet ideology. But as long as the West continues in its Islam-is-just-fine mode, there will be little reason for Muslims to believe that anyone understands their plight, and thus little incentive to break free of the system. In their well-intentioned effort to be tolerant of all belief systems, naïve Westerners may be inadvertently helping to reinforce the prison bars.

hat-tip Stephen Neil