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Der Islam und die Zukunft der Linken

Von 30. März 2012 um 11:34 Uhr

Sam Harris hat auf seiner Website einen Essay zum Thema “Der Islam und die Zukunft der Linken” veröffentlicht, den ich bemerkenswert finde. Harris ist ein prominenter Vertreter des kämpferischen Säkularismus, ein Religionskritiker, der  keinen Glauben auslässt.

Dass unter allen Religionen der Islam heute das größte Problem für die Menschenrechte und die Freiheit darstellt, sagt er dennoch in aller Deutlichkeit. Er sagt es ohne Islamophobie und ohne sich von dem möglichen Vorwurf, der Islamophobie Vorschub zu leisten, beeindrucken zu lassen.

Er wendet sich gegen diejenigen, die jede Kritik am Islam unter diesem Label einordnen – ebenso wie gegen diejenigen, die unter dem Deckmatel der Islamkritik “Rassismus, christlichen Faschismus oder beides” verstecken. Und er nimmt die Linke (“liberals”), der er sich selbst zugehörig fühlt, hart ran für ihre Weigerung, den religiös motivierten, genozidalen Faschismus der Hamas-Charta ernst zu nehmen.

Of course, millions of Muslims are more secular and are eager to help create a global civil society. But they are virtually silent because they have nothing to say that makes any sense within the framework of their faith. (They are also afraid of getting killed.) That is the problem we must keep in view. And it represents an undeniable difference between Islam and Christianity at this point in history. There are also many nefarious people, in both Europe and the U.S., who are eager to keep well-intentioned liberals confused on this point, equating any criticism of Islam with racism or “Islamophobia.” The fact that many critics of Islam are also racists, Christian fascists, or both does not make these apologists any less cynical or sinister.

The only way to know which way is up, ethically speaking, is to honestly assess what people want and what they believe.  We must confront the stubborn reality of differing intentions: In every case it is essential to ask, “What would these people do if they had the power to do anything they wanted?”

Consider the position of Israel, which is so regularly vilified by the Left. As a secularist and a nonbeliever—and as a Jew—I find the idea of a Jewish state obnoxious. But if ever a state organized around a religion was justified, it is the Jewish state of Israel, given the world’s propensity for genocidal anti-Semitism. And if ever criticism of a religious state was unjustified, it is the criticism of Israel that ceaselessly flows from every corner of the Muslim world, given the genocidal aspirations so many Muslims freely confess regarding the Jews. Those who see moral parity between the two sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict are ignoring rather obvious differences in intent.

My fellow liberals generally refuse to concede that the religious beliefs of groups like Hamas merit any special concern. And yet the slogan of Hamas, as set forth in Article 8 of its charter, reads: “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” If this is insufficient to establish this group as a death cult of aspiring martyrs, consider the following excerpts from the charter:

  • [T]he Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:
  • “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim). (…)
  • There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. (…)
  • It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Muslim generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis. (…)”

Whether or not every Palestinian believes these things is not the point. The point is that many do, and their democratically elected government claims to. It is only rational, therefore, for Israel to behave as though it is confronted by a cult of religious sociopaths. The fact that much of the world, and most Western liberals, cannot see the moral imbalance here only makes the position of Israel more precarious, leaving it increasingly vulnerable to overreacting to Palestinian provocations. If the rest of the world were united in condemnation of Hamas, and of Islamism generally, Israel could afford to be slower to reach for its guns.

 

Leser-Kommentare
  1. 217.

    Irgednwie schätze ich diesen öschi doch sehr :D :

    http://www.ortneronline.at/?p=16671

    Ortner und der Wettbewerb der Gau-Poeten. Sein Vorschlag zur Güte hat es dabei in sich! – wenn ich auch glaube, dass unsere GAU-Meistersänger mehr den Führer im Osten bevorzugen werden – die verharmlosung von dem ist sowieso tradition in ihren pseudointellektuellen kreisen der sensiblo-feinen Ästheten.

    • 5. April 2012 um 12:17 Uhr
    • Zagreus
  2. 218.

    Ägypten

    Muslimbruderschaft verspricht Salafisten-Predigern direkten Einfluß auf die Gesetzgebung:

    http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/752931

    Wo die sich doch gerade in Washington als ‘moderat’ präsentieren.

    • 5. April 2012 um 16:44 Uhr
    • Serious Black
  3. 219.

    @ Zagreus

    :D

    • 5. April 2012 um 16:47 Uhr
    • Serious Black
  4. 220.

    PS # 215 – Tunesien –

    Ghazi Beji and Jaber Mejri are the two young Tunisian men who were recently sentenced to seven and a half years of prison for charges of attack on public order and morality.

    Mejri, an English teacher, is currently in custody … Beji, who is a 27 year-old biotechnology food engineer, managed to flee Tunisia and is currently in Greece seeking asylum. …

    Beji’s book entitled ‘Wahm al Islam’ (the Illusion of Islam) was written in Arabic
    while ‘Dark Land’, by Mejri was written in English.
    The books included caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which are considered offensive by many Muslims.

    … Beji … describes himself as an atheist …

    “I wrote my book to express my view about Islam and to unveil how Muhammad married Aicha when she was 6 years old and other truths. …” stated Beji.

    Beji said that Mejri’s book ‘Dark Land’ became very controversial in Mahdia as he pictured a Tunisian Salafist as a monkey. The caricature triggered the anger of the Salafist community and they threatened to throw acid on his face. In addition … Mejri also expressed his support for Israel. …

    The representative of Human Rights Watch in Tunisia, Emna Galeli, said that the organization condemned the judgment and considered it is “an attack on freedom of expression and freedom of belief.” She expressed concern that religion is being used to impose a new type of censorship.

    Galeli added that Article 121 of the Tunisian penal code, under which the two were charged … should be amended. Article 121(c) of the code … forbids the distribution, sale or display of propaganda tracts or documents, foreign or otherwise, which are harmful to public order or morals. Punishment ranges from six months to five years in prison and a fine of up to 1200 dinars.

    The Tunisian League of Human Rights and Amnesty Tunisia are examining the case and will soon release communiqués very soon. …

    From: “Mahdia Blasphemy Case: Convicted Fugitive Speaks”
    tunisialive – 05 April 2012
    http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/04/05/mahdia-blasphemy-case-convicted-fugitive-speaks/

  5. 221.

    @Serious Black

    QED. Man muss sich nur mal den Kopf ansehen.

    • 5. April 2012 um 19:25 Uhr
    • FreeSpeech
  6. 222.

    OT – Ägypten – Verfassunggebende Versammlung -

    … the syndicate [Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate] will officially withdraw from the constituent assembly…

    … the press syndicate postponed announcing their decision on whether or not they would withdraw because the head, Mamdouh El-Waly, who is considered to be an Islamist, refused to withdraw.

    However, El-Waly finally agreed, arguing that it is not possible for the constituent assembly
    to include only Islamists, and
    [to] lack the full spectrum of society
    from Al-Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Church to many liberal forces, and professional and workers’ unions.

    The constituent assembly members’ list was announced on Sunday 25 March. Sixty-five percent of the members are Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist political parties, leading many liberals and leftists to reject the assembly’s legitimacy.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/38577/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-journalists-syndicate-withdraws-from-consti.aspx

  7. 223.

    OT – Ägypten – Recht, Freiheit, Zivilgesellschaft ? –

    An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a 17-year-old Christian boy to three years in jail for publishing cartoons on his Facebook page that mocked Islam and the Prophet Mohammad, actions that sparked sectarian violence.

    Gamal Abdou Massoud was also accused of distributing some of his cartoons to his school friends in a village in the southern city of Assiut, home to a large Christian population and the hometown of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda.

    “… he insulted Islam and published and distributed pictures that insulted Islam and its Prophet,” the court said in a statement seen by Reuters.

    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/04/205477.html

  8. 224.

    OT – Ägypten – MB-Widersprüche –

    … The United States has broadened its engagement with the group [MB] but is moving cautiously amid widespread skepticism over its aims, particularly after the FJP [MB-Partei] announced it would field a candidate for presidential elections in May despite an earlier pledge to stay out of the race..

    The FJP candidate, Khairat al-Shater, said in comments reported on Wednesday that
    introducing sharia law would be his “first and final objective,”
    but the FJP group in Washington sought to dismiss fears
    this meant they aimed to establish an Islamic theocracy.

    Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, an FJP lawmaker from Luxor, said
    the party was dedicated to
    the principle of a “civil state” and
    the objectives of sharia law rather than its specific practice.
    “The principles are universal: freedom, human rights, justice for all. This is the priority of the Freedom and Justice Party,” he said at the Georgetown event. …

    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/05/205558.html

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