This is the 3rd installment proceeding from my earlier post about Why I focus on Islam and Islamic excesses. In this post, I will dwell on the theme that Islam is haughty and arrogant and simply cannot countenance the idea of keeping to itself. Not only does it seek accommodation it demands respect (which, I hasten to clarify, is far from “commanding respect”).
While all religions would love to hold sway over the multitudes, Islam is probably the worst offender on this score. Islam’s voracious appetite for dominance makes it overbearing, arrogant and intrusive.
UN Resolution to outlaw criticism of Islam
Remember the spasm of frenzied violence that erupted in the wake of some cartoons in an obscure newspaper in Denmark? Not only do the Muslims want the right to practice their faith, they want the rest of us to also practice it as well. It never crossed their pious minds that injunctions against graven images is for practicing muslims and not for the rest of us infidels.
In more recent times, the most glaring example of this arrogance is the attempt made by some leading lights of the Islamic world who joined forces to pass a binding resolution in the UN that would outlaw any denigration of Islam. Not satisfied with archaic and draconian ‘blasphemy laws’ in their own lands, they want the rest of to enact them too. (Thankfully, such a resolution did not pass and instead of binding resolution it was a non-binding one that made it.) My point is to highlight the self-righteous impunity with which Islam imposes itself on the rest of us.
It is astounding that the regimes with the most abysmal record on human-rights could be lecturing us that disparaging Islam is akin to a human-rights violation. These are the same countries that have not seen it fit to declare Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a human-rights violation. These are the same nations whose jurisprudence holds a rape victim guilty of fornication. These are the same nations who treat apostasy as a capital crime at par with treason.
These are just some examples of how audacious and arrogant Islam can be. Since Islam presumes supremacy in all human affairs, it feels entitled to tell you and me that we must accept its suzerainty. To enforce this primacy is an army of Mullahs, Imams, Qazis and a battery of morality-police who thrash, mutilate and execute transgressors. The web is replete with news reports about floggings, amputations, stonings and beheadings in the Islamic world for the crime of not being muslim enough.
Even in non-Islamic societies (e.g, UK) we see a restive muslim population yearning for Shariah law. Can you think of any other religious sect/group which menacingly demands the establishment of its antiquated doctrine in a foreign land and a foreign society? Which other religious group has the gall to be so overt in its arrogance? Several European countries are nonplussed at the fact that muslim immigrants choose to relocate in secular societies and yet nurse unremittingly hostile attitudes towards the secular norms of those societies.
It is tempting to think that these attitudes are a reflection on some maladjusted malcontents and not on the faith itself. But one only has to listen to them and their religious elders to realize that these attitudes were not developed in a vacuum. They were inculcated as a part of their Islamic upbringing which does not suffer from enlightened thought and demands unflinching obedience.
In conclusion, I would say that although Islam is backward and retrograde, it would be tolerable – if it were not overbearing and arrogant. It is the nauseating arrogance and impudence with which it exerts its influence that makes it repugnant. It also makes it perilous – which is why I tend to focus on Islam and its excesses.