‘Moderate Islam’ Isn’t Working

“…Revisiting our ‘strengthen the moderates’ strategy, I now believe that while it was basically sensible, it was off track in two critical ways that could do us in. Our criteria for defining a moderate were too simplistic, and we missed a key concept that arguably should have been our mantra instead: integration.

In our definition of Muslim moderates, we basically only had one red line. If a person disavowed violence and terrorism, he or she was a moderate. But this is not enough. You can eschew terrorism while still harboring attitudes of hostility and alienation that in turn become the breeding ground for extremism and the safe harbor for extremists. What we lumped together as moderates includes what we might better have termed aggressive traditionalists, people who believe that Muslims living in the West must struggle to remain external to Western values and lifestyles, and should owe little or no loyalty to Western institutions and persons.

They might be against violence, but they are also against integration.”

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    I once met a moderate Muslim. He was walking his pink unicorn and picking money off the money tree in the local park, and eating rainbow stew for dinner every evening. He then blew himself up. Nobody at the mosque ever saw him before. His neighbours all thought he was a good neighbour, a good man, and quiet.

    The news stories were peppered with numerous vignettes about ‘Islamophobia’. Local imams were reassured by mayors, premiers, governors, prime ministers, and presidents, that this all had “nothing to do with Islam”. *sigh*

    • succinct and accurate.

    • marty_p

      Epilogue to the story – PM Pretty Boy decides to open the flood gates to 50,000 “Moderate Muslims” to show how Canada appreciates the diversity that Moderate Islam brings to Canada. Soon people in small town Canada will get to enjoy the gift that keeps on giving….
      Turns out the CBC weren’t far off…. every town will get a “Little Mosque on the Prairie”.

  • Scotch_Pine

    How can there be integration when western govts’ operational platform is multiculturalism, which is dedicated to creating cultural enclaves and establishing the priviliges of certain groups over other groups? Then they try and separate islam from islam to protect their failed “It’s a Small World After All” worldview. One of the essences of islam is theocratic statism, it’s near impossible to find anything moderate about that.

  • Xavier

    Nonviolent Moslems support, hide, enable, finance, and beget terrorists.
    They do everything except the act of murder.

  • Barrington Minge

    Nice photograph of toilet paper….mind you I don’t think I would wipe with it, never know what I might catch.

  • marty_p

    The old adage i.e. a radical Muslim is someone who wants to kill you and a moderate Muslim is someone who wants a radical Muslim to kill you sums it up for me.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Hear, hear! Exactly, Marty. Same goal, different methodology.