Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Uzay Bulut: A new addition to my blogroll, or just another "Better Cop"...?
According to the brief bio on one of the venues Bulut writes for, Arutz Sheva, Bulut was "born a Muslim". Whether she has since become an apostate, however, they leave unanswered. Meanwhile, her bio at Gatestone Institute is even less helpful:
Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist based in Ankara. She holds a master's degree in media and cultural studies at Ankara's Middle East Technical University.
However, the byline of one of her articles at Gatestone Instintute published back in 2015 offers a tantalizing bit more, but still no definitive cigar:
Uzay Bulut, born and raised a Muslim, is a Turkish journalist based in Ankara.
I.e., she could be "born and raised a Muslim" yet now be an apostate. This is not trivial quibble: it cuts to the heart of whether we ought to trust her.
From a brief sampling, the list of her articles at Gatestone Institute appears to be a good general source of the problem of Islam in Turkey (and, occasionally, elsewhere in the Muslim world and in the West). I haven't yet detected any asymptotic memes in her writing; however, if she is a Muslim, one would have to assume she's doing "Better Cop" stealth jihad. This doesn't mean that her articles aren't useful, since part of the strategy of the "Better Cop" is to tell at least half the truth. And if one is judicious and has a keen eye for the various modes of taqiyya, one need not dispense with the fruit of her labors.
Ah, I see here, in an article she wrote in 2015 -- The Most Inexcusable Crime in the Muslim World -- she extolls Malala Yousefzai, about whom even many in the Counter-Jihad Mainstream seem appropriately suspicious. Otherwise, the article is quite useful.
And lo and behold, in another article -- The Difference between Islam and Islamism? -- she expresses an apparent (and exquisite) fusion of the asymptotic meme with taqiyya, speaking of "...the thin, fragile line between Islam and Islamism -- or between progressive Islam and radical Islam."
On the other hand, in yet another article -- Sexual Slavery: "Nothing to do with Islam?" -- Bulut consistently refers to "Islam" as the culprit of her analysis, not "Islamism".
Finally, in her article -- The West's Dangerous Enchantment with Islam -- she runs through some typical PC MC memes. Let's see how she answers a couple of them:
"What you are seeing is not the real Islam; Islam has been hijacked."
The problem with this view is that Islam actually does teach that a woman is worth less than a man. Many teachings in Islam are misogynous -- from wearing veils; requiring four male witness to prove rape; issues of inheritance; court testimony; rules of marriage; rules of divorce and remarriage; a man's "right" to marry up to four women and then beat them, and so on.
Though she's only focusing on the treatment of women in Islam, elsewhere she has indicted Islam for being supremacist, martial, fanatical, and xenophobic.
Her answer to another PC MC shibboleth, however, is not as good:
"Not all Muslims are the same. There are good and bad Muslims, just as there are good and bad people in all religions."
First of all, thank you very much for this genius discovery. But how can it help reduce the Islamic violence around the world?
Of course it is true that there are many good Muslims, whose values do not follow Islamic teachings verbatim, but also include humanitarian values. They do not wage war on other religions or try to bring them under submission to Islam. In the eyes of jihadis or Islamists, however, who live by the harshest interpretation of most doctrinaire Islamic teachings, such a quality makes them "bad Muslims."
Her answer completely ignores the problem of stealth jihad, and its attendant problems, taqiyya, the False Moderate, and the Hijra emigration into the Dar-al-Harb in preparation for an epochal conquest of the West. These factors explain innumerable Muslims who while appearing to be harmless, are actually enabling the Jihad; and they do so in a variety of modes, including the mere appearance of being a harmless Muslim -- which, in turn, includes the cleverest stealth jihadist of them all: the Better Cop who "feels our pain" about how bad Islam is, thus lulling us into a vague acquiescence to the fait accompli of continued Muslim penetration into our societies, in the rose-colored hope that most of them are -- or will become after living in the West long enough -- "lax" or "secular" or "ignorant of their own Islam" or "MINOs" ("Muslims in Name Only"), if not even as cool as Uzay Bulut and all of her fellow Better Cops are (Maajid Nawaz, Zuhdi Jasser, Asra Nomani, Tawfik Hamed, Irshad Manji, etc.).
To answer my titular question, I guess I will do both: put Uzay Bulut on my blogroll, and add her to my list of Better Cops.