The Culture War


It is important to make one distinction very clear, and to make it early on.

Not all Muslims are terrorists.

It is a fact that a very large majority of Muslims are peaceful people, and have been living peacefully within Western culture for a very long time.

It is also a fact, though the exact percentages are heavily disputed, that there is a fringe population of extremists who believe in the religious justification of violence.

With the global Muslim population currently sitting at 1.8 billion people, even the smallest percentage of extremists represent a significant number of people.

Though the extremist fringe of this population group is not the greatest threat to every value and belief the West holds, not even remotely.

What's more startling than the extremist fringe, as pointed out by neuroscientist and staunch atheist Dr. Sam Harris, is that in a research poll done after the Charlie Hebdo shooting, over 78% of British Muslims believe that the Danish cartoonists who depicted Muhammed should have been prosecuted under the full force of Sharia Law.[1]

Picture: Execution of French Police Officer during Charlie Hebdo attack.

By definition alone, the full implementation of Sharia law (beheadings for apostasy, stoning for homosexuality and amputation of hands for theft) and other extremist practices such as female genital mutilation should be considered extremist in itself.

Though when discussing these extremists, those who support the laws and their punishments that enable such barbaric behaviours are not counted among those who are physically engaged in them.

Essentially, the label extremist is only given to those who are violent, and not those who support the use of violence.

What Dr. Harris then goes on to explain is that there are 'Islamists' outside of the extremist percentile who, though they will not use violence themselves, support the same ideals as those fringe extremists, but will use democracy and free speech to force their religious belief systems on western culture.[2]

What's important to note in all of this is that while the minority are radicalized and are actively pursuing violent actions, there is a disturbingly large percentage of the Muslim population who support these extremist factions and their violent means.[3][4][5]

Whether that's the 43% that directly support or are sympathetic towards the attack on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, or the 100,000 British muslims that sympathize with suicide bombers, or the 66% that would not contact the police if they believed that somebody close to them had become involved with jihadists [5][6], it is apparent that extremist beliefs are an integral part of the value system that even moderate Muslims hold.

When someone utters the phrase, "An Islamic extremist wants to cut your head off, and an Islamic moderate wants an extremist to cut your head off." you'll understand that there is some credibility to such a statement.

The reality of the situation is that Islam itself, in all it's values and beliefs, is a complete and opposite value system to that which we hold in Western civilization.

Picture: Muslim women wearing the Burqa while being escorted in chains.

Based on the values of our own culture, which empowers women, treasures the rule of law, and enables free speech and free expression, the Islamic culture is inferior in every aspect.

But that's racist!

Which is something the intellectuals of the Left would cry out when someone presents the notion that not all cultures are equal, and that some are better than others.

Which is exactly what they accused Saul Bellow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts, of when he was quoted as saying,

"Find me the Tolstoy of the Zulus, or the Proust of the Papuans, and I would read him."

It was a pointed remark to make known the fact that these cultures had not produced such men of literary prowess, simply because not all cultures are equal.

It's xeniphobic then!

Only if equality, as it relates to culture, is more important than liberty.

If the idea that culture being equal is of more importance than culture being unique, then the notion of being different in any way would be wrong.

But the reality is that we are not all equal and that it's okay to be different.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a prisoner of the Gulag and a man familiar with Totalitarian rule, wrote,

"If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free."

"Well, if you don't agree with the equality of culture, you're a racist!"

How many times has this logical fallacy been spewed from the frothing mouth of some victim of Left wing indoctrination?

Picture: University of California, Berkley riots.

The entire idea of multiculturalism itself is being paraded around by the intellectual Left as inseparable with ethnicity.

This idea is deeply flawed, as the two issues are independent of each other.

You can in fact be an Arab Christian (there's 1.4 million of them), or an Asian Mormon, or any other combination of the sorts. It is very important to make this distinction, because the war we are fighting is not against differing races, but against opposing values and beliefs.

This is what Bobby Jindal, former Congressman and Governor of Louisiana, meant when he said,

"Immigration without assimilation is an invasion."

In a mutually exclusive world of conflicting belief systems, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Now where do we stand on all these issues of values and beliefs, as a country?

I'll tell you exactly where, with a point of contact from the first line of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:"

Our Founding Fathers understood that without God, there is no rule of law, and that every subsequent moral implication of that sentence would fall apart at the seams without an almighty authority.

For what is man, but a vapour that quickly dissipates in the wind? His life, almost immeasurable in the scales of history. And what is his version of morality, but swept away for the next successor to rule with his own?

Totalitarian rulers throughout all of time have outlawed religion (and Christianity specifically) for that exact reason. That if God gives man rights and freedoms, what mere mortal can take them away?

Which makes Christianity the most dangerous weapon against the cultural war we are fighting.

And in this war, in this very moment, we are in the trenches at the front lines.

While violent extremists should be met with overwhelming lethal force, there are battles that also need to be fought ideologically, and there are battles that need to be fought relationally.

In this cultural war, we must fight with great tenacity.

We must fight with violence on the battlefield against those who use violence.

We must fight with our ideology in the universities and in the courts against those who challenge our values and ideals.

And we must fight with Christ-like love in our selfless relationships with our fellow neighbours who have different ideals and beliefs than of those which we hold.

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." - 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

Love. That is the most effective weapon -- no, it is our only real weapon in this war.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." - Ephesians 6:12New King James Version (NKJV)

It is love that will change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh.

It is the story of Christ's sacrifice for mankind, of the freedom He gives us, and the very life and breath we now have in Him that will set people free.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28:19New International Version (NIV)

You have your charge.

Now fight the good fight.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll. Since releasing from the military, Jozef continues to rigorously train and expand his knowledge of a variety of weapons platforms and tactics.

Having earned a diploma in Media / Video production, Jozef works as a graphic designer and photographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.

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Sources:

[1] UK Polling Report (Archive Poll 291)

[2] Dr. Sam Harris on 'Real Time with Bill Maher' ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vln9D81eO60 )

[3] Pew Research Center Q79a

[4] Pew Research Center Q92d

[5] COMRES BBC Poll (25 February 2015)

[6] Gatestone Institute 'UK: What British Muslims Really Think' (April 17, 2016)

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