This summer is increasingly being characterized by the threat of radical Islam, and the number of human lives that those fighting for it are increasingly taking. What is needed is to challenge the religious ideology that fueling it. That means criticizing radical Islam, as well as the Islamic world in which all of this fosters, and of course supporting those who wish to reform Islam (you know, people like Maajid Nawaz, Tarek Fatah or Ayaan Hirsi Ali). However, the mainstream media is not interested in doing this. It has almost no desire to challenge Islam, and I suspect it is because they have chosen to conflate religious identity with racial identity (no doubt because Islam is practiced largely by people of Arab ethnicity). And let’s never forget, when the Charlie Hebdo massacre took place, when Islamists used violence to silence freedom of expression because they were offended by drawings of Muhammad, there were those in the media who actually felt inclined to criticize those who expressed solidarity with the victims of the massacre because they felt Charlie Hebdo had it coming because they offended Muslims. And to this day, when Islamists and jihadists attack Europe, the fact that they are Islamists is often downplayed.
As a Satanist, I believe we need to see more Satanists voicing their opposition to Islam. Why, you ask? Because in the world of Satanism, I fear there are so few voices speaking out against Islam, let alone radical Islam. The most prominent Satanic organization in the mainstream is, without a doubt, The Satanic Temple due to their frequent activism, along with arguably a more palatable (though I would say just more “progressive”) brand of Satanism than the kind provided by The Church of Satan. Anyways, the only times I’ve seen them talk about Islam, they talk about defending Muslims from the threat of evil bigoted right-wing Christians in the aftermath of an attack in France by jihadists! They were so concerned about what may well have been imagined Islamophobia that it didn’t occur to them that Islam is diametrically opposed to their belief system for the same reasons that Christianity is, and are only protecting them because “MUH CHRISTIANS”. They are fine with subverting Christianity, presumably because it is still a popular and influential religion in the United States of America, but heavens forbid looking like Pamela Geller in doing the same to Islam! Beyond that, I have a few Satanist friends who I know are openly against Islam as an ideology.
I am led to believe that there really are so little Satanic voices speaking against Islam. All we get is Adam Daniels burning pages of the Quran, and in his case it’s little more than just another part of blaspheming Christianity, which is of course standard for Satanism. Not to mention, I don’t think I want Adam Daniels being the only person willing to take the piss at Islam. I believe that, because Satanism is diametrically opposed to Islam, it should make sense that Satanists would speak against Islam, let alone blaspheme it, and I think it should follow that there ought to be Satanists opposing Islam and the fact that the Islamic ideology that is fueling self-segregating communities and terrorists is going mostly unchallenged by the West.
I, for one, intend to do my part. That is why this month, all month, I am announcing a new event for this blog which I call Haram Month – haram, of course, being the Arabic word for something that is forbidden in Islamic law. For Haram Month, all posts written on this blog until September 1st will be exclusively focused on or related to the subject of Islam, with the primary intent of criticizing the Islamic world. There will even be one or two Mythological Spotlights centered around mythological entities either are related to Islam, are featured in Islamic teachings or are originally from pre-Islamic Arabian paganism. It must go without saying that none of the posts are aimed against Muslims as people, except perhaps for a few individuals, and will be predominantly aimed at Islam as a belief system as well as its radical and political branches. There will probably also be a Haram Month next year, and the year after that and so on until such time as the West successfully asserts its values as a secular liberal society and repels the threat of Islamism.
As a final note, it really annoys me when I see Christians claim that Islam is a “satanic” religion of the Devil. Let me make something very clear. Islam is not Satanism. As I keep saying here, they are diametrically opposite. Simply put, one believes that there is no God higher than Man, the other believes there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. From these basic premises, the rest springs forth.