Thursday, January 17, 2013

Islam: The Anti-Decalogue (not to mention the Anti-Christ)


A Jihad Watch commenter not too long ago observed:

"...certain sins are mentioned in the 10 commandments: lying, stealing, murder and adultery. And most of us already know that these things are wrong, yet muslims do them on a regular basis and without regret; as if it's their rite of passage, or something... Also, they seem to enjoy doing what's wrong. Very strange, indeed."

It really does seem that the main basic principles of Islam collectively constitute a monumental Anti-Decalogue -- a direct repudiation of the Ten Commandments, Commandment by Commandment.

That commenter's observation also reminded me of the words of the great 14th century Christian theologian, Gregory Palamas who had quite a bit of experience with the Muslims of his day:

For these impious people, hated by God and infamous, boast of having got the better of the Romans by their love of God. . . they live by the bow, the sword and debauchery, finding pleasure in taking slaves, devoting themselves to murder, pillage, spoil. . . and not only do they commit these crimes, but even
—what an aberration—they believe that God approves of them. This is what I think of them, now that I know precisely about their way of life. 

(Unfortunately, given the state of the Counter-Jihad and its relative lack of concern about proper source citation, I can only, regretfully, offer this quote tentatively, as Andrew Bostom who first bruited it has not given an adequate reference.)

Thus, we can say that Islam doesn't repudiate morality in a simplex way, like a purely nihilistic barbarian might do; Islam does this in a serpentine and Orwellian way -- ingeniously affecting or pretending to be "pure" and "virtuous" and "pious" while simultaneously and meticulously directing the thoughts, energies and actions of its Muslim followers in exact opposites of the Commandments that for the West traditionally has been (whether freethinking freewheeling Modernists admit it or not) its major framework for virtue and piety, and indirectly -- by way of what Prof. Martin Marty has called the process of “civil religion” -- for a good deal of the substance of its secular laws.   Another reason why Sharia is inimical to Western mores.

The most brazen and blatant example of this is probably the First Commandment, whereby in the distorted mirror image of the Islamic mirage, a screamingly obvious Pretender to the Divine Throne of the One God commands that, to paraphrase: "Only I shall be worshipped and none other beside me, and kill those who would dare defy this so that I can torture them with Hellfire for eternity!"

Just as the Koran is blatantly and specifically and purposefully Anti-Christian, it is also Anti-Judaic (there was a Judaism proper -- distinguished from, and developed from, an Israel -- long before the 7th century).  This twin antipathy is really the main structure of Islam:  its self-definition, its imperial mission, its laws, and its eschatology -- and all together these form the indissoluble congolomerate that is Islam.
And at the heart of this antipathy, we may say lies its Anti-Decalogue.

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