Saturday, March 19, 2016
Better Cops Watch, cont...
I probably won't be doing this regularly, but this is partially what a "Better Cops Watch" would do -- reporting instances of the CJM (Counter-Jihad Mainstream) accepting the narrative of the Better Cops (that narrative being implicitly that Islam is okay and that only an "extremist" form of Islam is worrisome). Since the Counter-Jihad knows that this is camelshit, has known it for years, and has been amassing evidence substantiating a wholesale indictment of Islam itself, it becomes odd, to say the least, when the CJM treats certain Muslim pundits with respect (cough cough, Zuhdi Jasser, Maajid Nawaz, Asra Nomani...), as though the Islam they are selling is somehow different from the Islam of the "extremists".
So we see Breitbart and Jihad Watch, two major venues of the CJM, in this report from the former relayed by the latter, taking for granted and swallowing the reformist moderation of Better Cop Muslims Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa. The story is about Good Cop Muslims touting the hijab as being a harmless cultural accoutrement that should be respected as such in an open society tolerant of diversity -- particularly in a climate where suspicion of Muslims is growing, so goes the argument. This message may fool a lot of people in the West who continue to be deformed by PC MC, but the Counter-Jihad, precisely because it has been schooling itself on the mountain of data indicating the horrors of Islam, isn't so gullible.
Along come the Better Cops, to try to sell the knowledgeably cynical Counter-Jihad a new and improved Islam that is hunky dory, unlike the "extremist" Islam that is causing so many problems, and unlike the specious Islam of the Good Cops which isn't adequately facing the problem of extremism.
Once I put it this way, how could anyone in the Counter-Jihad still give the time of day to any Better Cop?
And, yet, they still do. Robert Spencer and Breitbart news, for example.
Thus, Nomani and Arafa say of these Good Cop Muslims promoting the hijab:
"...they are not exploring Islam, but rather the ideology of political Islam as practiced by the mullahs, or clerics, of Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State."
-- as though Islam qua Islam is okay, unlike "political Islam".
But there's really no need to even read the article and the arguments of these Better Cops du jour -- for the message is always essentially the same: Islam itself is harmless, and only some twisted "extremist" perversion of Islam is the problem. One would think the Counter-Jihad would not only be long past this meme -- they should have developed explicit and clear antibodies against it by now.
But alas, apparently not, since Robert Spencer and Bretbart news are allowing Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa to promote this meme through their Counter-Jihad venues, and not only that -- Robert Spencer and Bretbart news fail to put up any critique of it. The clear impression conveyed, then, is that Nomani and Arafa are, in fact, viable reformers.
And some wonder why I've given up hope on the West...