Family Security Matters, May 31, 2016, by Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.)
Recently, England’s 190-year-old Oxford Union – the world’s most prestigious debating society – debated a topic many today consider taboo. President Barack Obama would assure us debate is unnecessary as he knows the answer.
The topic: Is Islam a peaceful religion? Obama repeatedly assures us it is.
Many non-Muslims accept this neologistic perception because most religions are peaceful. But the consequence of this is any intellectual debate centered specifically on Islam has been numbed while all other religions remain fair game. Political correctness boundaries, only extended to Islam, silence rational debate about its driving ideology.
It is Islam, among the family of religions, that is the irate member, suffering a psychosis that leaves others walking on eggshells for fear of triggering the anger. But doing so only contributes to an atmosphere conducive to Islam attacking others unwilling to initiate a pre-emptive defense.
In the Oxford Union debate, activist Anne Marie Waters argued Islam is not peaceful. She noted its supporters have so effectively played off of this peace perception, they are never required substantively to prove it.
In the U.S. criminal system, we recognize one as “presumed innocent” until proven guilty. This presumption puts the burden on the accuser – the prosecutor – affirmatively to prove the accused committed a criminal act. Guilt is to be established by a “preponderance of evidence.”
Waters made her case, introducing a preponderance of evidence to support Islam’s dark side. She blamed “the actions of Islam itself” such as:
- Death calls for “crimes” against it such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and homosexuality
- Mandate for gender segregation and discrimination
- Heavy preference in legal proceedings for a man’s testimony over a woman’s
- Acceptance of child and polygamous marriages as well as marriages without the bride’s consent
- Judicial call for brutal punishments such as amputations, beheadings and butchery of those who dare insult the religion
- Imprisonment of female victims of rape
- Promotion of anti-semitism
Waters went on to explain Islam’s call to violence knows no boundaries – evidenced by the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., the London Underground bombings, Madrid, Mumbai, Mali, Bali, Northern Nigeria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Belgium, etc.
Defense attorneys, in a U.S. court of law, might argue, as to Waters’ evidence, such violence may be typical of Islamic extremists but not of Islamic moderates.
Waters need only cite Muslim leaders who tell us otherwise.
Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of “Bare Feet, Iron Will–Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields,” “Living the Juche Lie: North Korea’s Kim Dynasty” and “Doomsday: Iran–The Clock is Ticking.” He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.