(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The West is facing an existential crisis: an insurgency of enemy citizens intent on bringing down our civilization. This threat is exasperated by a governing class that denies every aspect of this crisis, including our ability to criticize the theocratic ideology driving it.
In order to solve a problem, we must first define it. And to define what we’re up against, our society must be able to engage in a free and open discussion about the threat of Islamist extremism.
Instead, those who dare lead discussions on this threat are dismissed by Leftist elites and smeared as racists, bigots and “Islamophobic.”
Hollywood star Ben Affleck infamously called neuroscientist and atheist philosopher Sam Harris’s view on Islam “gross” and “racist” on Bill Maher’s show in 2014. Harris was carefully criticizing the doctrine of beliefs held by Islamists – those who want their version of Islam to govern all of society. He pointed out that 78% of British Muslims think that insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammad should be a crime.
Rather than engage in honest debate, Affleck had a meltdown and resorted to name-calling – an all-to-familiar tactic to shut down debate.
The assault on free speech and open debate comes both through social justice mobs like the one led by Affleck against Harris, and through the encroachment of aspects of Sharia Law in our legal system.
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s dubious M-103, which seeks to make the undefined phenomenon of “Islamophobia” a hate-crime in the Canadian legal code, reeks of modern day anti-blasphemy law. It’s designed to scare Canadians into keeping quiet when it comes to criticisms of Islam.
The Left doesn’t want anyone to discuss Islamist extremism, in fact, they refuse to even utter these words.
“Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism,” said Hillary Clinton on Twitter in November 2015.
Increasingly, we’re fed obviously false statements from those who refuse to speak honestly about the Islamist ideology. This has created what British liberal author Maajid Nawaz calls the Voldemort Effect. In the Harry Potter novels, the book’s antagonist is considered so terrifying that he’s only referred to as “he-who-must-not-be-named.”
When people are too afraid to name something, or acknowledge it exists, it prevents any legitimate efforts to combat it. When politicians refuse to name Islamist extremism as a problem, they allow it to operate unchecked.
The more the Left doubles down on this mantra “Islam has nothing to do with terrorism,” the more they alienate those who can see through the made-up narrative that terrorists who kill in the name of Islam aren’t really killing in the name of Islam.
Without an open discussion about Islam and terrorism, many citizens of Western countries have embraced far-right political parties and revitalized nationalist movements. Wouldn’t it be more productive to have an open and honest conversation about Islamists?
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