Islam’s inherent intolerance

[notice]Muslim extremist violence against Israel and the West is excused by liberal “experts”. But these rationalisations do not work out when it comes to a form of violence that is widely practiced in Muslim majority countries, according to an analysis published in INContext Ministries’ World In Motion, Issue 66.[/notice]

Which of the following three headlines most exposes Islam’s inherent intolerance? A) “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims fire rockets into Israel; B) “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims riot and commit acts of violence in Europe; or C) “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims torch a Christian church in a Muslim country. The answer is C – Christian persecution. Why? Because in both scenarios A and B, Muslims will always be portrayed and seen as the “underdogs” – and hence always exonerated for their behaviour.

No matter how violent or ugly, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked – thus placing their behaviour in a purely Islamic context – Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as a product of the weak and outnumbered status of Muslims – their status as underdogs, which the West tends to romanticise. And so they will always get a free pass, without further ado. They may be screaming and rioting, firing rockets and destroying property – all while calling for the death and destruction of the “infidel” West and/or Israel to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” Still, no problem. According to the aforementioned array of pundits, apologists, academics, and politicians, such bloodlust is a natural by-product of the frustration Muslims feel as an oppressed minority, “rightfully” angry with the “colonial” West and its Israeli proxy. Indeed, that is precisely how even the 9/11 attacks on the US by al-Qaeda were rationalized away by many “experts” – even as al-Qaeda’s own words exposed their animus as a direct product of Muslim doctrine not temporal grievances.

Most recently, the New York Times, in the context of the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, asserted that Israel “needs a different approach to Hamas and the Palestinians based more on acknowledging historic grievances,” thus taking all blame off the “aggrieved” and “underdog” Muslims and Palestinians. But if Muslims get a free pass when their violence is directed against those currently stronger than them, how does one rationalize away their violence when it is directed against those weaker than them, those who have no political influence whatsoever? Consider the most obvious of these scenarios, the growing epidemic of Muslim persecution of Christians. From one end of the Islamic world to the other – whether in Arab lands, African lands, Asian lands, or Sinic lands, wherever Muslims are a majority – the largest non-Muslim religious group, Christians, suffer untold atrocities.

The rationalisations used to minimise Muslim violence against the West and Israel simply cannot work here – for now Muslims are the majority, and they are the ones violent and oppressive to their minorities, often in ways that would make the worst Israeli treatment of Muslims look kind and benevolent. In short, Christian persecution is one of, if not the clearest reflections of Islamic supremacism. Vastly outnumbered and politically marginalised Christians simply wish to worship in peace, and yet still they are hounded and attacked, their churches burned and destroyed, their women and children enslaved and raped.

These Christians are often identical to their Muslim co-citizens in race, ethnicity, national identity, and language; there is no political dispute, no land dispute. The only problem is that they are Christian – they are the other – and so must be subjugated, according to Sharia’s position for all “others,” for all infidels – including Israel and the West. Such is the true nature of Muslim rage throughout the world: it is a by-product of doctrinal intolerance if not downright hatred for the other, who must always be kept in a state of subjugation and humiliation, according to the letter of the Quran. Accordingly, while Christian persecution is the clearest example of this hate, it also explains why others are so despised, for example, Israel. Consider: Christians and Jews are both constantly castigated in the Quran: Muslims are admonished not to befriend either of them (5:51) and to fight and subjugate them “until they pay tribute with willing submission and feel themselves brought low” (9:29). Christians under Islam are suffering accordingly – as despised dhimmis, abused and “brought low,” routinely plundered of their lives, dignity, and possessions.

On the other hand, Israel – the dhimmi that got away – actually has authority and power over Muslims. Now, if dhimmis are supposed to be kept in total submission to Muslims, how then when one of them actually lords over Muslims? Hence Islam’s immense and existential rage against the Jewish state.


  1. Clive van der Riet

    Unfortunately this article may or may not be true but without the evidence of a video and other witnesses it sounds like anti-Muslim propaganda rather than a reflection of the facts. If you want to convince thinking people then show the proof, not once but many times. If it is true then the world will take note, surely…!!

  2. I think this is one of the most virulent anti-Muslim propoganda articles I have read. It is also unfortunately very badly and unintelligently written. I am surprised that a Christian magazine would chooos to publish such hate-inspiring vitriol – at Christmas time too! Why doesnt Gateway give some space to the increasing numbers of young Jewish men and women who are refusing to serve in the Isaeli army. Jesus condemned violence (in the Garden of Gethesemane). These young people are doing as he did. They are speaking out courageously against Israeli cruelty and violence against Palestinians, and going to jail rather than serving in an unjust defence force. I agree with Clive van der Riet’s comments…there is no reflection of facts here. It is a bitter, attack, full of hatred and presumably with the intention of generating hatred and violence – and it is not backed up. Is this a Christian approach? Shocking!

  3. Clive, Melody your comments certainly has the right attitude but definitely the wrong implimentation. We are all in agreement that Muslims are not the enemy. We are all in agreement that we need to display the heart of Christ to all around us, including people of all religions. But friends, do not confuse the love of Christ with revealing of truths. And do not confuse facts with hatred. You want facts Clive; goodnes brother, just watch the news and see the reality of what is happening. Of the nearly 60 countries in the world today where Christians are persecuted, more than 40 are in Muslim nations. According to the major sources in global jounalism and global advocacy for human rights, Islam today is the biggest persecutor of the Church world-wide. Not only that, more Muslims are killed my Muslims today than by anybody else, including the so-called enemy, the USA. Look at Syria, Irag, Afghanistan and, sadly, even a moderate nation like Egypt today. Enough to break your heart. Don’t misinterpret the truth for a lack of love. During the past 30 years of ministry I have personally visited most of these countries where Christians are persecuted and I wish I had words to express my overwhelmingly sadness when I met Christians who were nearly beheaded, whose wives were raped to death and whose children were brutally murdered because they confessed the name of Jesus. I don’t know how well informed or how well travelled you are but be carefull of ignorance and the reality of the battle we find ourselves in. This is not a battle of flesh and blood but of a very cleverly disguised enemy, proclaiming peace and tolerance, while murdering countless people of all religions and all races. Let’s reach out with love but let’s do so with knowledge and a clear understanding of the spirit behind the religion. friens, I honour your fear of anti-islamic propaganda but go and do your research and beware of becoming a victim of disinformation.