Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Pondering:  The Closing of the Muslim Mind, by Robert Reilly - Decline and Consequences.

This chapter is supposed to be a critique of Islamic civilization, but it again begs the question of whether or not Reilly is familiar with Western civilization.  There is a charge that every kind of conspiracy theory gets peddled in the Islamic media.  As examples, he cites Polio vaccinations and a report that the medicine Tamiflu is part of some Zionist conspiracy.  What Reilly misses is the Western controversy over Autism being linked to vaccinations and recent problems with too many parents refusing immunization shots for their children.  The Taliban shuts things down in Muslim countries.  Medical malpractice lawyers shut things down here.  And seriously, Al Qaeda might be smuggling drugs, but we have professors and politicians publicly arguing that marijuana is a medicine.  Is there really such a difference?  If there is a difference, can we defend the notion that Islam is more irrational than the west?

Moving on to journalism, my favorite slap down is this:

"The 2003 UN Arab Human Development Report's take on Arab media state: 'News reports themselves tend to be narrative and descriptive, rather than investigative or analytic, with a concentration on immediate and partial events and facts.'..."

You mean we get the facts straight without someone filtering and spinning a conspiracy out of them???  Time to turn off NPR and get a subscription to the Muslim News Network!

Another gem is this:

"The enormous influence of Saudi Arabia today in the Muslim world is often thought by Westerners to be almost completely due to its oil wealth - petro-Islam.  However, this discounts the fact that many Muslims, including in countries like Egypt, which are traditionally opposed to Saudi Arabia, see this wealth as a direct gift from Allah."

This has me thinking that Reilly must be an atheist.  I suggest he go back and re-read the book of Job, and perhaps the story of Joseph in Genesis.  

Continuing ...

"One must realize that the phrase "insha' Allah [God willing]" is not simply a polite social convention, but a theological doctrine."

You mean they actually believe their theology?!  Heaven forbid!!!  And why is Providence, Rhode Island named Providence?  Or what is the meaning of Matthew 6:25-34?  

Reilly is completely baffled that people would believe that a weapon would hit or miss based on the will of Allah.  Now Reilly is an Irish name, and I really shouldn't need to remind him of what the Calvinists did to Catholic Ireland (undoubtedly as predestined) during the time of Cromwell.  

The beginning of this chapter asserts that a life of reason - founded upon the classical Greeks - is necessary in order to have Constitutional government, Rule of Law, and Democracy.  Again, we are left drowning in a sea of problems, since the Babylonians had Rule of Law under Hammurabi (a thousand years before Greece discovers literacy), Sparta had a constitutional government under Lycurgus - long before philosophy arrived in the Peloponnese, and the Democracy of Athens predates Socrates by a century.  And didn't they vote to execute Socrates???  The industrial and scientific revolutions, however, took place under monarchies when unlimited freedom of inquiry and opinion weren't exactly casual slogans of a free press.

A final note is the complaint that Islam can't accept the concept that "all men are created equal". This has to be balanced against a clear understanding that the West - as taught by the Atheist cult of reason - denounces the concept of "created" as something only total fools believe in, yet also idolizes the notion that "all men are created equal".  Overall score for this chapter:  Mullahs 6; Reilly 0.


Delirious said...

I guess I could understand how they could believe that all men aren't created equal. When we look around us, we see people who are born in to physical problems or poverty, while others live in the lap of luxury. But I think the distinction comes in when we define it by how God looks at us. We are all equal in His eyes. But we each need different trials and tests in this life.

Looney said...

There is the verse from Romans 9:13 that quotes from Malachi:

"Just as it is written: 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.'"

I believe that "all men are created equal" has to do with class and especially that we are equal before the law. This has morphed into a multitude of meanings today, so it isn't clear which meaning Reilly is contrasting against!