Sunday, March 27, 2016

Radical Islam and The Larger War on Judaeo-Christian Civilization

As usual, Andy McCarthy has it right.  But he's only half-right.

...It is simply, undeniably, a fact that some Muslim mosques and surrounding communities are hotbeds of Islamic supremacism, a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that holds that Muslims must struggle against non-believers — by force and by all other means –- until Allah’s law (sharia) is established throughout the world. Islamic supremacism is not the only way of construing Islam, and millions of Muslims reject it. This, however, does not undo the remorseless fact that millions of Muslims accept it, that it is a mainstream construction of Islam (it is, for example, the Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood), and that it has a considerable following in the West....

So?  Well....that means that some of the mosques in the USA are radical-Muslim friendly, and the people attending those mosques are to be watched, carefully.

McCarthy also mentions another, larger, dimension of the problem:

...The challenge we face is not merely jihadists. They constitute the forcible factions of Islamic supremacism. There are other cohorts. Islamic supremacism self-describes as a civilizational alternative to the West. It pulls every cultural and political lever to introduce and codify sharia — the same goal jihadists pursue. This means the jihadist threat arises and thrives within a larger support system of ideological sympathizers. Though not terrorists themselves, these Muslims provide moral and material support to the jihad — very much including their silent acceptance of jihadists in their midst....

All that Islam stuff happens to constitute a war against the fading Judaeo-Christian civilization  existing in the West.  (But not only in the West; parts of Africa, the Philippines, and India are also noticeably Judaeo-Christian.  It is not a co-incidence that radical Islam is causing trouble there, too, just as Israel is the principal target in the Middle East.)

Here's the part that McCarthy, tragically, misses:  Judaeo-Christian civilization is largely running on fumes in the West.  Secular humanism has overlaid and nearly extinguished its predecessor, with materialism being the point of its spear.   Secular humanism is also at war with Judaeo-Christian civilization.  See this essay for lots more.

It is no small irony that materialism was made possible by the J-C civilization, in sharp contrast to the societal/economic achievements of Islamic nations.  It is a suicidal irony that the 'leaders' of the West's reigning secular humanism are assaulting what remains of its parent culture, with (e.g.) abortion and gay 'marriage' being its landmark victories in the US.

This is a dark time, indeed--with only that Paschal candle serving as the light.

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