Islam is Islamo-Fascism
As part of the “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” David Horowitz tried to give a talk at
Lawrence Auster rightly criticizes the notion that only a false variant of Islam, Islamo-Fascism, is the problem. I’ve talked about the alleged “bad” variants of Islam, so-called radical Islam or militant Islam, in a discussion of terminology in this post. I have no problem with phrases that, at best, have rhetorical redundancy. However, Auster has an excellent point. Without clarification, one is misleading the audience about the true nature of Islam, which is problematic at the core.
Full practicing Muslims, however, aren’t fooled. They know their religion is under attack. This is one of the reasons they are striking back at Horowitz. The moderates, i.e. lax or lapsed Muslims, have no conceptual defense because slacking-off isn’t a principled alternative – it isn’t an ideal to rally the fight against Islam’s revival.
The focus of “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” is inherently altruistic – Islam is bad for them. Auster points this out. Still, I’d give Horowitz credit for exposing life under Islamic rule because the inherent nature of an Islamic social order is evil. They aren’t fighting for a noble ideal. However, it's Islam’s threat to the West that is our first concern, not Islam’s moral and material self-immolation. Care has to be taken not to make a priority of a concern which asks “is it good for them?”
Neither Auster nor Horowitz delves deeper into how the epistemological aspect of Islam – that of blind faith, deferral to authority, and a rejection of reason in human affairs – undermines the ability of Muslims to escape the suffocating grip of Islam.