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Answers to Objections When You Talk About Islam Part 8 | Are you an Islamophobe?

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BELOW IS A LIST of responses you are likely to get when talking about the terrifying brilliance of Islam to someone who knows little about it. The responses link to an article giving you suggestions about how to effectively respond.

The good news is that the responses you will typically get are a fairly small number. You’ll hear the same few objections over and over (1-7 are the most common). When you have some good answers to these objections ready at hand, you will be able to answer smoothly and with poise, without feeling tense or antagonistic.

When you talk about Islamic supremacism with people, they are likely to say one of the following:

8. Are you an Islamophobe?

Islamophobia-IslamophobicI’ve answered this objection several times in previous articles, and I’ll give you links to those in a moment. But first I’d like to hammer home something: The number one thing that needs to happen is for a far larger percentage of the population to know some basic information aboutIslamic supremacism.

We need your help. You have a sphere of influence. It may be forty people; it may be two hundred. But whatever your sphere of influence, we’re going to try to help you be more effective at teaching your fellow non-Muslims some basic facts about Islam.

When you mention anything that sounds critical of Islam, most people will try to defend it, even if they know nothing about it. If you are unprepared for the hostile response you get, you will not make any gains toward the goal.

The purpose of this series is to help you deal with those responses successfully. We have a list of the 18 objections people make and this series will show you how to respond to them in a way that will open your listeners’ minds. We’ll publish the entire list at the end, with each objection linked to an article that answers it. This is number 8.

Now, here is some help in answering this objection (or accusation):

1. Robert Spencer’s definition of Islamophobia.

2. This is an article that will help you clarify what you’re doing when you criticize Islam. It articulates what is wrong with the term “Islamophobia.”

3. This is an article written by Ali Sina, the famous ex-Muslim, writing about the term “Islamophobia” and what, specifically makes the term meaningless.

4. This is a video: Robert Spencer’s simple plan to end Islamophobia. It’s kind of tongue-in-cheek, but he makes some good points, and you might want to send it to anyone who accuses you of being an Islamophobe.

5. And this is an article I wrote to peaceful Muslims who often write to me and tell me I shouldn’t criticize Islam. I talk a bit about “Islamophobia” in the article.

I recommend you study this material. Maybe even make an audio recording of the articles and listen to it in your car. When you’re trying to educate someone and he brings up an objection like this, you should be overly prepared — so prepared that the objection doesn’t bother you even a little bit. I want you to be so prepared that you are actually glad they gave you an objection you know how to answer so masterfully.

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Answers to Objections When You Talk About Islam Part 7 | We can’t go to war with 1.3 billion Muslims!

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BELOW IS A LIST of responses you are likely to get when talking about the terrifying brilliance of Islam to someone who knows little about it. The responses link to an article giving you suggestions about how to effectively respond.

The good news is that the responses you will typically get are a fairly small number. You’ll hear the same few objections over and over (1-7 are the most common). When you have some good answers to these objections ready at hand, you will be able to answer smoothly and with poise, without feeling tense or antagonistic.

When you talk about Islamic supremacism with people, they are likely to say one of the following:

7. We can’t go to war with 1.3 billion Muslims!

mecca-hajjThis objection is not usually spoken out loud, but it’s a central fear lurking behind much of the resistance you get when you talk about Islam.

When you’re talking to people, you want them to accept the simple fact that Islamic teachings are very straightforward, and they call for intolerance and violence toward non-Muslims and an unrelenting effort to make us all submit to Shari’a law.

They will put up every objection they can think of because they don’t want to accept this premise.

If they articulated their fear, it would sound something like this: “For God’s sake, that CAN’T be true, because it would mean we would have to go to war with 1.3 billion Muslims, and we can’t do that!” Some people actually say it out loud.

Like many of the objections, this one is a great opportunity to insert a little more information into a brain that is likely almost entirely empty of any facts about Islam. Here are some possible responses you can give:

1. Luckily, we don’t have to go to war with all of them. Most of the people who are now Muslims never chose to be so. Their ancestors were almost all forced to be Muslims. The whole country was conquered and Shari’a law was imposed. Shari’a puts pressure on everyone to be Muslim, and not just in name only. It is against the law to skip the five prayers a day or skip fasting during Ramadan or skip paying zakat (alms to the mosque). In other words, the practice of Islam is enforced by law, so after a few generations, it would be hard to think outside of being a Muslim, especially when the penalty for leaving the faith is death.

But what this means is that many of them would choose to live their lives without the constant domination of Islam if they had the option. So even if it came to war, we wouldn’t have to go to war with 1.3 billion.

2. What would you go to war to do? I mean, why would you think a war would be necessary?

3. We don’t need to go to war, we only need to change some of our own laws and some of our own foreign policies. And sometimes we wouldn’t even have to change them, we would only need to start enforcing them. For example, it is against the law to try to overthrow the government or to even plot to do so. It is sedition. It’s already against the law. And yet in three-fourths of the mosques in the U.S., jihad is being preached.

Jihad means “the struggle to make everyone on earth submit to Shari’a law.” It is an essential element of Islam. It is a core tenet. This isn’t some fringe teaching that nobody cares about. This is a central purpose of Islam. If we want the Muslims in our country to stop working to undermine and overthrow the government, we will have to make a distinction between the political aspects of Islam and the religious aspects of Islam, and we’ll have to stop people from committing sedition. We do not need to go to war. We only need to educate enough non-Muslims so that no more politicians ignorant of Islam are voted into office. The one thing that needs to happen is education.

4. The problem is not with Muslims, so we don’t have to go to war with them. The problem is not even with Islamic doctrine. Our problem is the abject ignorance of the majority of non-Muslims. Because of this ignorance, the West is conceding its freedoms. Let me give you an illustration to clarify what I mean:

On the comments on an article about sociopaths, most of the commenters are victims of sociopaths, and they tell their stories about what happened to them — they were conned out of their life savings or they were married to someone who abused their children or one of their parents deliberately drives them crazy, etc. But two of the people who comment are themselves sociopaths, and their comments illuminate an important principle.

The point of view of most of the victims is that they don’t understand how sociopaths can be so mean or cruel or heartless. The point of view of the sociopaths is that they don’t understand how normal people can be so naive as to trust everyone, so foolish as to never protect themselves from someone who has already proven to be dangerous, or so stupid as to sign over the deed to their house!

Same with non-Muslims dealing with Islam. Okay, so it is a Muslim’s duty to strive for the political goal of establishing Shari’a law throughout the world by any means necessary. That’s what they do. But we don’t have to allow it! They are only making progress toward their goal because we let them. We trust them. We make treaties with them. We allow them to immigrate. We make assumptions about them (like they must be just like us, their religion must be similar to other religions we know of, etc.). We are conceding our freedoms. We are forgoing our own self-preservation. We are voluntarily giving away our ability to defend ourselves.

The problem is not with them, it’s with us. We don’t need to go to war. We need to stop being stupid, and that can’t happen until more people know about Islam.

Most of the people commenting on that sociopath site said they were surprised to find out there was even such a thing as a sociopath. The phenomenon of “everyday sociopaths” is not very well known. People know about psychopathic serial killers, but most people don’t know there is such a thing as people walking around in ordinary lives who have no empathy for others and cannot develop it, people whose only goal in life is to win and dominate, people who feel no pity or remorse and who have no emotional conflict when they are cruel.

Some people who tell their sad tales were married to a sociopath for years without ever realizing such a person could exist, so they were totally frustrated, anguished, and confused by their spouse’s behavior, and of course, in their ignorance they made one stupid, self-defeating mistake after another.

The free world is doing the same thing with Islam’s relentless, self-serving aggression — making one stupid, self-defeating mistake after another (read more about that here). The stupidity must stop. The only thing missing is enough people who have at least a passing familiarity with basic Islamic teachings.

Okay, that’s four possible answers to the objection, “But we can’t go to war with a billion Muslims!”

I would appreciate it (and so would future readers) if you could come up with an even better answer than these, and post it in the comments to this article. We can pool our resources, pool our intelligence, and help each other do the one thing that must be done: Educate our fellow non-Muslims.

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Answers to Objections When You Talk About Islam Part 6 | Not all Muslims are terrorists.

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BELOW IS A LIST of responses you are likely to get when talking about the terrifying brilliance of Islam to someone who knows little about it. The responses link to an article giving you suggestions about how to effectively respond.

The good news is that the responses you will typically get are a fairly small number. You’ll hear the same few objections over and over (1-7 are the most common). When you have some good answers to these objections ready at hand, you will be able to answer smoothly and with poise, without feeling tense or antagonistic.

When you talk about Islamic supremacism with people, they are likely to say one of the following:

6. Not all Muslims are terrorists.

Islamic+Jihad+Suicide+BombersWhen you talk about Islamic supremacism, people often respond as if you’ve made some sort of mistake, as if you are equating a few crazy terrorists with all 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, when “everybody knows” most of them are peace-loving people.

This is an easy objection to answer, but it is also an opportunity to give your listener a deeper education on the subject. Here are a few ideas of how to answer this objection:

1. Terrorism is only one of many ways to wage jihad. There are at least ten types of jihad (I recommend you memorize this list). In Islamic teachings, there are five pillars of Islam, five things every Muslim should do. But according to Mohammad, jihad is more important than any of them. It is a religious duty for each Muslim to struggle for the establishment of Sharia law everywhere in the world. Some do it with bombs. Some do it with immigration and fecundity. Some do it with relentless political actions (waging jihad by gaining concessions). Some do it with “mainstream, moderate” Muslim organizations that try to undermine Western governments. So in other words, I agree with you completely that not all Muslims are terrorists, but I disagree with you that this somehow implies Islamic supremacism is something we can safely ignore. We need to know about it or we will have no ability to protect ourselves from it.

2. That’s true: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims, and they kill in the name of Islam. Do you know why? Do you know what they’re after? (When they say something like, “Yes, they want the West to stop interfering with Islamic affairs,” you can answer with a lesson on Islam 101.) Since the beginning, Muslims have waged a war of expansion, and they have tried to justify their violence as a response to a grievance (read more about that here). That’s the way Mohammad did it, and he’s the example all Muslims forever after are supposed to follow. They want only one thing: For everybody on earth to submit to Islamic law. Fighting toward this goal is a religious duty for Muslims. And terrorism is only one of many ways to wage jihad.

3. That’s true, but most Muslims believe Mohammad is a good example to follow. They believe this because it says over seventy times in the Qur’an that every Muslim must follow Mohammad’s example. Do you know anything about Mohammad? Knowing about Mohammad explains a lot of what otherwise is incomprehensible about what is going on in the world. (Here you can tell the story of Mohammad’s rise to power and the change in the Qur’anic revelations. Talk them into reading the Qur’an. Recommend a readable version like this one: An Abridged Koran.)

4. The Muslims who are terrorists are able to do what they do because of a tremendous amount of support from their community, and that support is motivated by Islamic teachings. It is also motivated by the hope that the supporters will gain entry to Paradise. The martyr can plea to Allah (once he arrives in Paradise) on behalf of up to seventy of his relatives to get them a ticket to Paradise. For those who believe this, it is a tremendous incentive to help any of their relatives who plan on killing non-Muslims. In other words, that “small percentage” of Muslims who are active terrorists are only the tip of the iceberg of a tremendous amount of popular support for the killing of non-Muslims. Remember the jubilation throughout the Muslim world when thousands of non-Muslims were killed on 9/11? Only 19 hijackers did it, but clearly millions supported it. Millions. Maybe hundredsof millions. Why? Because that’s the kind of thing Muslims aresupposed to do according to the Qur’an and the “perfect” example of Mohammad (read more about that here).

Make your arguments as cleanly and as calmly as you can. Try to be almost casual about it. Never be intense if you can help it.Understate rather than overstate your case. Speak accurately.Never exaggerate.

We must successfully persuade people. We cannot afford to fail. Make your conversations count.

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