Why all Muslims are responsible for the words and actions of any particular Muslim

So, relations between Islam and the rest of the world have taken another dip in the last week.  If nothing else, this is quite an effective demonstration of one of Murphy’s Laws “No matter how bad things get, it’s always possible for them to get worse.”  I honestly feel for the intelligent and/or moderate Muslims who any rational person would acknowledge obviously make up the vast majority of the Muslim faith.  They may make up the majority of the religion but they sure don’t make up the public face.

A quick, logical explanation for anyone who thinks I’ve been fooled by the “religion of peace” propaganda.  A couple of billion people who were all homicidal maniacs would have wiped out all opposition a long time ago.  A small minority of homicidal maniacs can inflict quite a bit of pain and suffering.  Political and religious leaders who seem to consistently spout intolerance can do the same.  And lying, opportunistic, grandstanding politicians and media in non-Muslim nations can also do the same.

The point of this post is to explain why all Muslims have accept the burden of the words and actions of any particular Muslim.  Some might argue that if the majority are peaceful, why aren’t I judged by this peaceful majority?  Ha!  Nice try Achmed!  Others might say why aren’t all Christians judged by the violent actions or words of a minority of Christians?  You wish, Abdul!  Others still will argue that scripture is being twisted and perverted by extremists and you play into the hands of radicals by marginalising all Muslims.  Not good enough… ummm… damn, I’ve run out of generic Arab sounding names.  Wait, Osama!  Yes, I should have used that one first.  Not good enough, Osama!

So the Pope opened a speech by saying “I read in this one book that all Muslims shag their sisters” and now every single Muslim in the world is acting all crazy about it.  The proof that all Muslims are crazy is that some Muslims in response attacked some Christian churches and a nun may have been murdered by Muslims.  Case closed.  Besides which the Pope never said he reckoned all Muslims were bad, he just repeated what he read in a book.  Which is the same as saying he doesn’t agree.  True, he didn’t actually say he didn’t agree and repeating a negative assertion without explicitly disclaiming it could be seen as endorsing it, but you’re forgetting one thing.

He’s white.

The thing you have to realise is no matter how much you as a Muslim may protest your innocence, you can’t get away from the fact that you aren’t white.  This makes you automatically suspect.  Unless you are a white convert.  That makes you a traitor.  I know there’s a danger in revealing this secret bit of white people’s business, but the truth of the matter is that no matter how exemplary your life, no matter how accepted you feel, white folks are just waiting for you to reveal your true colours.  A minor mis-step for a white person (say drunk driving, hitting a pedestrian and running from the cops) doesn’t taint other whites but it is seen as proof of the failings of a non-white ethnicity in totality.

In Australia, the leading members of the federal government have made it clear that all Muslims need to denounce terrorism specifically and extremism generally.  All the time.  Saying “We already did that” isn’t good enough.  Look, Muslims can handle a call to prayer several times a day.  They should be able to handle saying “I denounce terrorism and the killing of innocents, it is expressly forbidden by the Koran and its perpetrators are a disgrace to all true Muslims.  By the way, mateship is totally ace.”.  Three times a day should be fine.  After that, work on losing your accent.  And those funny clothes aren’t doing you any favours.

A brief note for the irony challenged (not to mention the intellectually challenged):

In my wacky world view I condemn all extremism.  If you advocate the criminalising, sterilising, jailing or execution of any particular group you go into my broad category of Not Nice People.  I understand that many people regard a range of things, words, people as “sacred” and get really pissed off if anyone disrespects that.  I just care more about freedom of expression.  My response to anyone who wants to restrict artistic freedom or expression in the name of ANY religios or political sensibility is “fuck you”. 

I know that “Piss Christ” is a pretty crap piece of art and it’s far more about cheap sensationalism than artistic expression but if you want destroy it or threaten the life of the artist, I think you’re a moron.  And I really do think getting worked by some cartoons, no matter how deliberately inflammatory they were, is the height of stupidity.  I deeply believe no amount of words or images, no matter how deeply hateful and hurtful, justify a violent response.  EVER.

It doesn’t matter to me what your level of melanin is.  I don’t care if you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Shintoist, I don’t base my judgements on your religion.  Unless you’re a Buddhist.  Fuck those smug bastards.  Acting like you have more inner peace than me.  Someone ought to roll right into those Buddhist’s headquarters and kick them out on their meditating arses.  But nobody’s got the guts to take on the Buddhists.

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20 responses to “Why all Muslims are responsible for the words and actions of any particular Muslim

  1. saly

    Oh, my God! I love you Mr. Angry. It is such a great post. Nakedly honest. Very intellectual too.

    I must show it to my white convert husband!

  2. My thoughts on religons – close ’em all down, and get people to start thinking with their fucking brains instead of with their bedtime stories!

  3. Read “The Last Day” by Glenn Kleier. It’s not a brilliant book (it is enjoyable), but it does cover aspects of respectful thought processes for all peoples. Everywhere.
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    So there.

  4. Saly: glad you liked it, I put quite a bit of thought into the approach and tone.

    paddy: you’re preaching to the converted here mate, I’m not much of a religious type but I’m tolerant of people who stay true to their own faith without attacking others.

    gruntski: thanks for the recommendation

  5. I agree with what you’re saying here- waiting for Muslims to show their true colours however moderate they may be- but don’t you think it runs deeper than just an ethnic/ racial divide? If not that really is rather scarey!

  6. Ha: I’m at a loss here, are you a master of irony or did you miss the point REALLY badly? Forgive me if it was irony but I deal with a lot of idiots.

  7. Salamaat Mr. Angry,
    Are you married?

    oh wait a minute, I am. Damn it, if i wasn’t you’d be second in line (Jon stewart is still first…sorry mate).

    I just love this post; and I agree getting worked up over this stuff only proves to tarnish ALL muslims with the brush of being “incapable of rational discourse”….sigh…what a twisted world we live in.

  8. HAHAHAHHAA, not, not married but I have the love and support of a wonderful woman. I don’t talk about personal things as a rule, but anyone who likes this blog owes her a debt – I doubt I would keep this updated so regularly without her support and encouragement.

    You actually made me think of a paranoid hyper-jealous ex-girlfriend with your comment. She not only would not have encouraged me to do anything that would potentially encourage contact with other females (e.g. blogging) she would have burst a blood vessel at your comment no matter how obviously it was a joke. BTW, I’d marry Jon Stewart before I’d marry me too.

  9. just a couple of minor points of contention. the first is that many millions of muslims are white, and are not converts, predominate in places like turkey, eastern europe, former soviet union, etc … another is overlooking the fact that this particular pope is a major league asshole. he said what he said quite on purpose and i think he does agree with it.

    of course, it doesn’t help that millions of muslims get all whacky every couple of months or so, but i’m sure that each episode keeps fueling the fire. it reminds me of something i read a few months ago where the maori tribespeople reacted angrily when scientists told them they had genetic components that cause rage. or something like that.

    another curious thing is that no one speaks for muslims the way the pope speaks for catholics. it’s a strength and a weakness i suppose.

  10. saly

    Mr. Angry,
    You have succesfully impressed two Muslim (MARRIED and BROWN) women through this post! What else does a white man want?!😉

  11. saly

    Toml said, “another curious thing is that no one speaks for muslims the way the pope speaks for catholics. it’s a strength and a weakness i suppose.”

    It is something to think about. Excellent point.

  12. Salamaat,
    tsk tsk…saly talk about playing to stereotypes.

    Angry jealousy is an ugly thing; I am glad you have a supportive woman (no wonder you are a success:) ) Peace to both of you.

  13. Tom: now, the Pope did actually say he was sorry people got upset which is ALMOST the same as apologising and saying you don’t believe the words you quoted. Despite the fact it sounds a million miles away. And don’t confuse me with FACTS about white Muslims when I’m busy indulging in stereotypes.

    Saly:😀 Any ego boost is always welcome!

    Maliha: Thanks. It’s what makes life worthwhile, that and my wonderful kids.

  14. Di

    Well-worded my angry friend. Asides laughing my ass off, I definitely agree about extremists, of any kind and of any shape. There’s something called the middle ground – use it. That’s what I think.

  15. Di: thanks and nice to hear from you again!

  16. saly

    I showed this to my husband and these were his exact words, “(LAUGH), This is his best post. (LAUGH). His writing is as good as his sense of humour.” There, you impressed a “traitor.”

    Maliha, was I stereotyping?:-) I was trying to play on Mr. Angry’s words. But now I’m thinking…

  17. I’m glad you, your husband and Maliha were all able to see my point as this ability does not seem to be universal. Some guy on Reddit criticised me for being thoughtless because he took it literally. He quoted “why aren’t all Christians judged by the violent actions or words of a minority of Christians? You wish, Abdul!” and said what I jer I was. I gently nudged him that he may have missed the irony and then he got it.

    I had to think pretty hard how to do this posts as I wanted to make the point pretty strongly which is hard to do without taking a risk. My faith in my regular readers was rewarded🙂

    And I think Maliha was saying your suggestion white guys want to impress brown girls was a stereotype😉

  18. A long time ago I just decided I would hate all people equally no matter what their religion or color. Kill whitey.

  19. that’s the best method, everyone has something worth hating about them. I was actually going to get a t-shirt from the site unamerican.com that says “whitey must pay” just to mess with people’s heads.

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