Islam Versus Islamism: Inside the Mind of an Anti-Anti-Jihadist

Recently, I was surprised to come across a chapter titled “My Dinner with David”— the David in question being me, and the dinner is one that continues to produce indigestion for the diner — in a just released book called “Conservative Confidential: Inside the Fabulous Blue Tent.” In this self-published account, Ottawa author Fred Litwin sets out to tell the story of how he became a moderate gay conservative, a voice of reason and sanity in the heated rhetoric of gay liberation and anti-jihad activism. The chapter in which he distinguishes his own apparently sensible views on Islam from the apparently toxic views of various anti-jihadists uses me and some of my close friends as hateful foils to his enlightened position.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Sad to see Daniel Pipes get taken in so bad like that.

    • K is mentioned in his book apparently, I stopped taking him seriously long ago.

    • moraywatson

      Pipes has been in denial for the past 5 years (at least). Islam vs Islamism is the semantics of horseshit.

  • I must be honest I’m not entirely sure I support Cat’s position 100%. But after hearing Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s screed on CBC the other night, re: niquabs and the citizenship oath, it pushes me closer to Cat’s position.

    Nenshi is supposed to be an Ismaili Muslim — one of the few Muslim groups that are often cited as being “progressive” peace-loving, etc. But after his screed I’m kinda wondering if there exists ANY form of Islam whose ultimate purpose isn’t the involuntary imposition of Sharia law on the rest of the world.

    • moraywatson

      There is no good brand of islam. Just different ways of imposing totalitarian supremacism.

    • Islam is not moderate, its every incursion into society should be denied outright.

      • And it seems in the case of Nenshi, it’s precisely that “progressive” element of his “muslimness” that ironically brings him full circle back into the Sharia camp. As far as the women’s rights issues re: niquab and so on, I couldn’t care less — I think it’s a red herring. The fact is we’re talking about a Canadian Citizenship ceremony — it’s not the proper venue to assert your personal politics. It’s a unique venue for publicly asserting your allegiance to Canada — a one-time only once in a lifetime opportunity. No one has the right to subvert that.

        And if there was any hope for reform of Islam, I’m fast coming to the conclusion that the only way is by recognizing that Islam everywhere is rotten to the core and always has been. Reform (if even possible) wouldn’t even have a starting point unless Muslims are first willing to recognize that.

        • The Ahmadi are persecuted, literally murdered for calling themselves Muslim in Pakistan, yet I have seen them come to the aid of Sunni’s and make radical pronouncements, even here in Canada, the equal of their persecutors.

  • moraywatson

    Agree with Solway 100%.

    • disqusW6sf

      I agree. He nails each point dead on. I am saving to desktop!

  • SDMatt

    I bet Michael Coren is ranting and raving at not being mentioned as one of the Pipesian sophisticates.

    David Solway is of course right. Going up against him is the proverbial bringing of a knife to a gun fight.

    • I think it was a stupid, needless fight. Litwin wants to sell a book that’s all.

      If you note the endorsements they all reference anything but this tempest in a teapot, save for Salim’s.

      I ignored him from the moment he turned on the JDL for hosting the Skype chat with Tommy Robinson.

      Pipes and Salim have both done much good so I will not write either off or out. This whole episode and their endorsement of a careerist like Litwin is disappointment however. But to be honest Pipes was very kind to me in the past and I will not forget that, as well I have always considered Salim a gentleman who deserves my respect.

      Sometimes you get the impression people like Litwin just want to be invited to the nice “cocktail” parties.

  • Barrington Minge

    You can almost see the void inside his head!!…Scary!!