The Importance of Ideology
The inability to see the role of religion – specifically the Islamic revival – as the central element in the growing threat to civilization results in the erroneous search for other root causes and false solutions. This results in a dissipation of focus. I warned that our continual self-deception will have grave consequences. Most people today buckle under when barraged with promiscuous name-calling: “bigot, racist, prejudice, Islamophobia, etc.” There is a deliberate attempt to suppress any investigation of the religion’s role in today’s problems. Few have the facts or the courage to remain steadfast.
One man who has refused to be intimidated is Srdja Trifkovic. Read his latest article here. The fact that I don’t share some of his views on other topics is irrelevant. He’s written a good summary of our willing blindness.
I recommend Ibn Warraq’s “Why I Am Not a Muslim” to those unfamiliar with Islam – especially those with a secular disposition. I just came across Anthony Flew’s critical review of the book. Also, consider Daniel Pipes’ review. Once again, some won’t share Warraq’s general views on religion but his criticism of Islam is worth everyone’s consideration.
In general it is good to read a broad number of studies and abstract the essentials. No author has a monopoly on the truth. And the threat is a threat to us all – it dwarfs our differences.