YOU EVER WONDERED why millions of Muslim men are dedicated to killing
Western people? Or why so many are willing to blow themselves up to kill
Israelis? Or why they are so committed to blowing up random people in
Bali, London, Madrid, etc.?
Islamic supremacists are doing this all
over the world, attacking Westerners and their own fellow Muslims alike. Why?
of a doctrine. A doctrine is a collection of ideas. These could be
customs, words, beliefs, etc. A religion is not a single idea; it is a collection of ideas. The collection of ideas that make up the religion of Islam makes Muslims behave and feel as they do.
of ideas compete with each other in the same way that collections of
cells (organisms) compete with each other. And because idea-collections
compete, and because new ideas can often be added or subtracted from
the collection, and because some collections gain more believers than
others, collections of ideas can actually evolve.
look at how religious idea-collections evolve and compete. To begin
with, let's assume we already have a religion established. It already
has a holy book and millions of people are already believers.
And then there is a slight variation.
original version had a "live and let live" attitude, and never tried to
encourage its followers to get converts. But then someone comes up with
the idea that if you can persuade a non-believer to become a believer,
you earn some sort of spiritual merit. You are saving souls, and your
chances of getting into heaven are better.
Okay, now you have
two variations on the same religion: One contains the idea that it
doesn't really matter if you get anyone else to join the religion. The
other motivates its believers to persuade others to join.
After a thousand years,
which of the two variations will have more believers? I'm betting on the motivated-to-spread-it version.
Let's assume, for the moment, that the motivated version gets far more
followers. Does that mean it makes people happier? Or more successful
in life? Or have healthier children? No. Just because a collection of
ideas successfully gains followers does not mean it benefits any of the
people believing those ideas.
The same is true in genetics.
Contrary to common sense, a successful gene doesn't necessarily benefit
the organism. It is "successful" in the sense that it has made lots of
copies of itself and is found in many organisms. But it may actually be
harmful for the organism.
For example, if there is a gene for alcoholism, and if drinking causes someone to start having children younger than
someone who doesn't drink, over thousands of years, the alcoholism gene
might be more successful (the gene makes its way into more offspring)
than the non-alcoholism gene, even though it is bad for each individual
person carrying the gene.
In the same way, the success of an idea-collection doesn't necessarily mean it's good for the people who believe it or follow it.
an idea-collection says it is wrong to use contraception and wrong to
masturbate, over time, that idea-collection would probably be followed
by more people than the version that says these things are just fine
(assuming people normally teach their children to believe as they do).
the hapless believer of a particular idea-collection will try to follow
the rules and be a good person by avoiding the evils of contraception
and masturbation, and what will be the result for him personally? He
may have more children than he might want or could afford, causing him
to work overtime to support them
working two jobs if he must. This may send him to an early grave, but
his effort creates more believers of that particular collection of
ideas than someone who doesn't hold those ideas.
So in a sense,
the idea-collection has used the man for its own purposes, or at least
that's one legitimate way to look at it. And it's a way that sheds new
light on Islamic supremacism, which is why I've spent so much time explaining it.
you were going to deliberately design a collection of ideas with the
purpose of making one that might eventually dominate the world one that would eventually out-compete every other religion or political system you would be hard-pressed to do better than Islam.
look at some of the individual ideas within the collection. Many of the
ideas enhance each other. In other words, adding one idea to the others
can make the whole collection much more effective because some ideas
Here are some of the key components of the idea-collection known as Islam:
1. A standardized version of the idea-collection is written down. This
is something basic to several religions and isn't an Islamic invention,
but it is an important factor in the success of Islam.
only transmitted orally can change over time, but something written
will be identical a thousand years from now, and with modern printing
presses, can be reproduced in the millions, giving it an enormous
advantage in spreading identical copies of the idea-collection.
2. The Qur'an includes instructions for its own spread. It tells believers they must spread Islam. It is their holy duty to bring Mohammad's warnings and Islamic law to every corner of the world.
3. The idea-collection includes instructions for its own preservation, protection, and replication fidelity. The
Qur'an, the most important of the Islamic holy books, directly tells
its followers that they can never change or modify or "modernize" any
of the teachings within the idea-collection. It is perfect as it is. It
is a capital sin to try to do so. This idea ensures the preservation of
the whole collection.
These first three ideas are pretty standard for several successful religions. But now it gets interesting...
4. Islam commands its followers to create a government that supports it. This
may be one of the most ingenious ideas in the whole collection. Islam
is the only religion that uses it. Other groups of religious people
have had political aspirations, but no other major religious group
orders its followers as a religious duty to create a government that follows its own system of law.
Islam has a system of law, called Shari'a, and all Muslims are obligated to continually strive to make their government wherever they are
follow it. Because of some of the other ideas added to Islam, you will
see that this political addition to the idea-collection has significant
consequences. Not only is this perhaps Islam's most brilliant
innovation, it is also the most terrifying to non-Muslims.
5. Permission to spread the religion by war. This is another brilliant innovation. Although some other religions have spread themselves using force, they had very little justification from their own religious doctrines to do so.
so with Islam. Expanding by conquest is very much accepted and
encouraged by the idea-collection. Islamic teachings present it this
way: The poor non-Muslims not living in an Islamic state need to be
saved from the sin of following laws other than Allah's. If they won't
voluntarily change their laws to Shari'a, then it is the duty of Muslim
warriors to insist. The world cannot be at peace until every government
on earth follows the laws of Allah.
Mohammad's own experience showed the example
an example, says the Qur'an, that every Muslim should follow. At first,
Mohammad tried to spread Islam by peaceful means. After thirteen years
he had a paltry 150 converts.
But then he changed tactics and
started using warfare, slaughter, executions, and assassination, and
within ten years he converted tens of thousands, and after he died,
they used the same tactics and converted millions. And by simple population increase, it is now over a billion.
The use of warfare combines synergistically
and powerfully with the instruction to create an Islamic state. So
Islam spread quickly as their armies got bigger. They conquered and set
up Islamic states, most of which have lasted to this day, and the laws
within an Islamic state make Islam very difficult to dislodge. The laws
also make it very advantageous to convert to Islam.
This is one
of the most effective methods ever invented for getting an
idea-collection into huge numbers of minds. It's a method of control
and indoctrination similar to those used successfully in communist and
totalitarian states. But as you'll discover below, Islam makes unique
use of the power of the law to enforce complete conversion to the
6. Lands must be conquered. Lands that Islam has lost must
be reconquered, like Spain and Israel, for example. The Islamic empire
must continually expand. Contraction is bad, expansion is good. So if a
land was once Islamic and now it is not, that's contraction, and must be remedied.
to Islamic teachings, the earth is Allah's. If there are parts of the
earth not following Islamic law, it is the duty of the faithful to gain
control of that land and establish Shari'a. It is a sin to let it be.
7. The idea-collection provides for new soldiers by allowing polygamy. A Muslim man can marry up to four wives, and he can have sex with as many slave girls as he wishes.
The Qur'an especially encourages men to marry widows.
This is an important idea to add if you are going to be losing a lot of
soldiers in war. You need some way of replenishing your army. Otherwise
the idea-collection could die out from a lack of offspring.
8. It is a punishable offense to criticize Islam. You
can see why this one is a good supporting idea for the collection. It
helps suppress any ideas that would reduce the authority of Islamic
ideas. This one, like many of the others, is good for the
idea-collection, but bad for people. This one limits freedom of speech.
9. You can't leave Islam once you're in. This is an interesting one. It is actually illegal in
Islamic states to convert out of Islam. This is a critical part of
Shari'a law. Someone who has rejected Islam who was once a Muslim is an
"apostate." This is a crime and a sin, and the punishment for it is death (and eternal damnation in hell thereafter).
you can see why this idea has been included in the collection, but this
one has actually caused Islam a problem because those who are following
Islam to the letter consider more "moderate" Muslims (those who want to
ignore or alter the more violent passages of the Qur'an) to be
apostates. Since the punishment for apostates is death, fundamentalist
Muslims are fighting modernizing Muslims all over the world, and
keeping many rebellious, modernizing Muslims (or MINOs) from speaking up for fear of death.
time a group of Muslims decides that maybe Islam should be updated for
the 21st century and maybe women should have some rights or maybe the
government should be more democratic, the devout Muslims call them
apostates and try to kill them.
The idea-collection protects its
own fidelity (the original idea-collection cannot be altered). This is
not good for the organisms (the Muslim human beings), but it's great
for the collection.
Another idea in Shari'a law says it's against the law for anyone to try to convert a Muslim to another religion.
10. Islam must be your first allegiance. This is a great idea to add to the collection if the goal is world domination. You are a Muslim first, before any allegiance you give to your family, your tribe, or your country.
does two things: It causes a unity of people across borders which
allows the group to grow bigger than any other entity. In other words,
the "Nation of Islam" can grow bigger than any country, no matter how
large (which gives the group a massive numerical advantage).
11. Dying while fighting for Islam is the ONLY way to guarantee a man's entrance into Paradise. This
is a great idea for creating fearless, enthusiastic warriors,
especially given the Qur'an's vivid descriptions of the sensuous
delights of Paradise.
A Muslim man has a chance of getting to Paradise if he is a good Muslim, but it is not guaranteed. However, if he dies while fighting for Islam, he is guaranteed to get in, and that's the only thing he can do to guarantee it.
12. You must read the Qur'an in Arabic. This
unites believers by language, and language is a very powerful unifying
phenomenon. For added incentive to learn Arabic, another idea in the
collection says you can't go to Paradise unless you pray in Arabic.
all Muslims all over the world share a language. This makes it easier
to coordinate far-reaching campaigns of protest, political pressure,
and war. I doubt if Mohammad foresaw this possibility, but this idea is
brilliant, even if it was an accident.
13. You must pray five times a day. This is one of the five "pillars" that is, one of the five central practices of Islam. Within an Islamic state, it is enforced by law. Every Muslim must pray five times a day. The practice helps the idea-collection dominate a Muslim's life, infusing his daily rhythm with Islam.
It would be impossible to forget anything you deliberately do so often. Five times a day, every day, a Muslim must bow down and pray to Allah.
Research has shown the more effort a person expends for a cause, the more he is likely to believe in it and value it. So this is a good way to eventually make believers out of people who became Muslims through coercion.
Islam completely takes over every aspect of Muslims' lives. Not
only are they required to pray five times a day, they have to go
through a washing ritual beforehand. Islam dictates the laws, and the
laws cover many public and private behaviors. In an Islamic state, it is impossible to be a casual Muslim.
14. The prayers involve moving together in time. When
Muslims pray, they all face the same direction, they bow down, get on
their hands and knees, and put their face on the mat, all in unison,
and then rise back up. Again and again.
When people move
together in time, whether dancing or marching or praying, it creates a
physical and emotional bond between them. That's why all military
training involves close-order drill (marching in unison), even though
it has been a long time since military groups have actually marched
into combat. There is no longer a need for the skill, but military
training retained the practice because it is so effective at creating a
strong feeling of unity between soldiers.
The same is true of
any physical movements people make in unison. So the method of prayer
in Islam is a unifying idea added to the collection.
15. A woman is in a thoroughly subordinate position. This
idea really helps support other ideas in the collection, like five and
six. If women had too much influence, they'd try to curb the warring.
Women in general don't like to send their husbands and sons off to war.
But if women have no say, then the rest of the ideas can express
themselves without interference. By subordinating women, the
idea-collection prevents their effective vote against war, violence,
The rules and laws within Islam that keep women
subordinate are numerous. For example, she is not allowed to leave her
house unless she is accompanied by a male relative. Under
Islamic law, a woman is forbidden to be a head of state or a judge. She
can only inherit half of what a man can inherit. In court, her
testimony is only worth half of a man's. She is not allowed to choose
where she will live or who she will marry. She is not allowed to marry
a non-Muslim or divorce her husband. He, however, can divorce her with
a wave of his hand. And according to Shari'a, he can (and should) beat
her if she disobeys him.
All of these ideas keep her subordinate, which helps keep the war machine going unimpeded by domestic rebellion.
16. The only way a woman can get into Paradise for sure is if her husband is happy with her when she dies. When I read about this one, I thought, "Mohammad, you are a crafty one."
idea obviously helps with the subjugation of women. It motivates her to
subjugate herself. It gives her a strong incentive to subordinate her
wishes to her husband's, because while she might have a chance to get
into Paradise if she's a good Muslim, the only way she can guarantee she will go to Paradise (and avoid eternal suffering in hell) is to make sure her husband is happy with her when she dies.
17. Allah gives Himself permission to edit his own work. This is an interesting one. It says in the Qur'an that if a passage written later contradicts an earlier passage, then the later one is the better one. The Qur'an was written in sections (Mohammad's revelations, each written as a sura
or chapter) over a period of 23 years. The circumstances of Mohammad's
life and his religion changed quite a bit over those 23 years.
of the ideas in the Qur'an is "this is the word of Allah." People had
already memorized his earlier revelations, so Mohammad couldn't just
change his revelations. It would look a little strange for the
all-knowing, infinitely wise Allah to change something He had already
But with this new idea that later revelations abrogated or overwrote any earlier revelations they contradicted Allah's methods could change as Mohammad found more effective ideas.
I pointed out earlier, in his first 13 years of peacefully preaching,
Mohammad only managed to win 150 followers. But as a military leader
and violent conqueror, he was able to subjugate all of Arabia to
Islamic law in less than 10 years. The peaceful ways were too slow.
Conversion by conquering and establishing Shari'a was much faster and more efficient. So later, violent, intolerant verses abrogate the earlier peaceful, tolerant passages.
18. The Qur'an uses the carrot and stick to reinforce behavior.
Throughout the book are vivid descriptions of hell, where sinners and
non-Muslims will have to drink boiling, stinking water, will be thrown
face down into a raging fire, and will be there for eternity, suffering
endless torments in agony.
There are also vivid descriptions of
Paradise. In Paradise, it says, believers will wear green silk robes
and recline on plush couches. Trees will shade them, fruit will dangle
nearby. They'll have tasty food and refreshing drinks served in silver
goblets. To have a chance of achieving this, they must be devout
Muslims. To guarantee it, they must die in jihad (for men) or make sure their husbands are always happy with them (for women).
19. It provides a huge and inspiring goal.
Leaders of countries or companies or religions have all discovered that
you can get the most motivation and enthusiasm from your followers if
you provide them with an expansive vision - an enormous goal. In the
Islamic idea-collection, the goal calls for a continuous effort to
expand the domain of Islamic law until all the world is subjugated to
Many religions have the goal of converting everyone, but
Islam has a method available nobody else has: To expand by seizing and
converting governments to Shari'a.
Once the whole world is Islamic, peace will reign. That's why even terrorists can say with complete sincerity, "Islam is a religion of peace."
Qur'an says it is best if non-believers accept Islam and become Muslims
without force. But if they refuse, then you must fight them and conquer
them and save their poor souls by insisting they live by the laws of
Once all countries are conquered, the world will be at peace. Therefore, Islam is a religion of peace.
It is an enormous and inspiring goal, and a strongly unifying purpose. It creates motivated, enthusiastic followers.
20. Non-Muslims must pay a large tax. Once
Muslims conquer a country and convert the government to Islamic law,
any non-Muslims have the choice between becoming Muslim or becoming a dhimmi. Dhimmis are allowed to practice their non-Muslim religion if they pay the jizya (a tax). If they convert to Islam, they no longer have to pay a tax, so there is a practical incentive to convert.
But another aspect of this makes it a brilliant idea to add to the collection. The tax takes money away from the non-Muslims and their competing idea-collections and gives that money to support Islam. This is pure genius!
The income from these taxes (usually a 25% income tax) helped fund the Islamic conquests during the first two major jihads.
They conquered vast lands, most of them already filled with Christians
and Jews, many of whom did not convert at first, and their jizya poured
huge sums of money into the Islamic war machine.
numbers of Christians and Jews dwindled down as they converted or
escaped, until now, in most Islamic countries, Jews and Christians are
very small minorities.
The tax-the-non-Muslims idea helps the
Islamic idea-collection make more copies of itself by suppressing
competing religious idea-collections and financially supporting the
Several ideas within Shari'a law extend this effect. For
example, non-Muslims are not allowed to build any new houses of
worship. They're not even allowed to repair already-existing churches
or synagogues. This puts the houses of worship of any competing
idea-collection in a state of permanent decline. Brilliant.
Also, non-Islamic prayers cannot be spoken within earshot of a Muslim
again, preventing Muslims from being infected by a competing religion.
No public displays of any symbols of another faith may be shown either.
of this prevents the spread of any competing religion, and makes
competing idea-collections die out over time. That's why today there
are so many "Muslim countries." Almost every other country in the world
is made up of many different religions.
One added idea makes it
that much easier for Muslims to dominate non-Muslims within an Islamic
state: Non-Muslims are not allowed to own weapons of any kind. To
subjugate a people, all dictatorial rulers in the history of the world
have done the same thing: Disarm the subjugated people. They are much
easier to manage, less dangerous, and less capable of upending the
21. A Muslim is forbidden to make friends with an infidel. A Muslim is allowed to pretend to
be a friend, but in his heart he must never actually be a friend to a
non-Muslim. This is one of the best protections Islam has against
Muslims leaving the faith because in every other religion conversions
to the religion are usually made because a friend introduced it. Being forbidden to make friends with infidels effectively prevents that from happening.
22. The Qur'an counsels the use of deceit when dealing with infidels.
Mohammad instructed one of his followers to lie if he had to (in order
to assassinate one of Mohammad's enemies). The principle was clear: If
it helps Islam, it's okay to deceive non-Muslims.
This principle has served Islamic goals very well through history. And it serves those goals today. On the DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West,
you can watch real-life examples of Islamic leaders saying one thing in
English for the Western press, and saying something entirely different
to their own followers in Arabic a few days later.
enemy is always useful in war, and Islam is at war with the non-Islamic
world until the whole world follows Shari'a law. All non-Muslims living
in non-Islamic states are enemies. So deceiving Westerners is totally
acceptable. It is encouraged if it can forward the goals of the spread of Islam.
And so we have the strange phenomenon covered by Steven Emerson in Terrorists Among Us,
where organizations in America were ostensibly raising money for
orphans, but really giving the money to terrorists. They deceived
good-hearted Western infidels into giving money to organizations that
were actively killing Western infidels. As it says in the Qur'an, "War
is deceit." This idea gives Islam a tremendous advantage over
idea-collections that encourage indiscriminate truthfulness.
23. Islam must always be defended. This
idea is a primary linchpin that gives justification for war with almost
anybody, as you'll see in the idea below. After the enemy is defeated,
of course, Muslims are required to establish an Islamic state.
24. Islamic writings teach the use of pretext to start wars. The
Qur'an devotes a lot of time complaining about people who did not
support Mohammad when he first started his religion, with Allah often
condemning them to torment in hell in the hereafter.
was rather pushy and insistent with his religion, and when others felt
intruded upon and protested, Mohammad took that to mean they were
trying to stop Allah's holy prophet from bringing the revealed word of
Allah to the world, so he was justified to fight them and destroy them
as Allah's enemies. This is a demonstration of the principle of pretext.
of the world need urgently to become aware of this principle. Of all
the ideas in the Islamic collection, this is the most dangerous to the
West because it removes our natural self-preserving defenses. The use of pretext tends to make the West defenseless
against the Islamic invasion now underway. Muslim terrorists are not
naive people. They are smart, educated, well-funded, and being used by
a very clever idea-collection.
The invasion of the West is
underway, and it is being done so cleverly, most Westerners don't even
know it is happening. (Read more about their 20-year plan to overthrow the government of the United States. Also, read about the Shariatization of Europe.)
The use of pretext means you need only the barest excuse to begin hostilities. It means you're actually looking for an excuse, and even trying to provoke others into striking the first blow ("starting" the hostilities).
If the only way to get to Paradise is dying while fighting for Islam, you need war.
And if it is your holy duty to make all governments use Shari'a law,
you need to conquer those governments. But you don't really want to look like the aggressor. Appearances count. All throughout the Qur'an, Mohammad tries to justify his aggression as defending Islam.
The Qur'an repeats over seventy times that followers of Islam should use Mohammad as a model and imitate him. So Muslims the world over try to find or create grievances, so they can get a holy war started, so they can fight and die in Allah's cause and help make the world ruled by Allah's laws.
And because of the rise of multiculturalism
(respect for all other cultures) in the West, the use of pretext is
very effective against people who are unfamiliar with Islam. Many
people think al Qaeda is angry at the West for having troops in Saudi
Arabia, for example. That's merely a pretext. They want all non-Muslims
out of the Middle East. Then they
say they will cease hostilities. It is a ridiculous and impossible
goal, so they are justified in permanent war against the West.
surprising that so many Westerners accept this particular pretext
because it flies in the face of a fundamental Western principle:
Equality. What Osama bin Laden is saying is "infidels are so
undeserving, their very presence defiles our holy places." Wow. What
does that say about the non-Muslims?
Why doesn't this kind of
racism or prejudice or infidelphobia (or whatever you want to call it)
outrage more Westerners? Instead, many think we ought to pull out of
the Middle East so these poor offended Islamic supremacists aren't so
angry with us any more!
The principle of pretext means you try
to provoke a hostile reaction and then use the hostile reaction as a
reason to escalate hostilities. It's the same method schoolyard bullies have used for thousands of years: "What are you looking at? You got a problem?! You wanna take it outside, punk?"
25. The explicit use of double standards. Islam
has one standard for Muslims, and a different standard for non-Muslims,
which always gives the advantage to Muslims and within a Muslim
country, it provides incentives to convert.
example, Islam must be spread by its believers, wherever they are. But
when other religions try to spread their own idea-collection, Muslims
are supposed to see it as an aggression against Islam an act of aggression that must be "defended." Remember, Islam must always be defended.
example of how the double standard idea gives Islam an advantage: When
Islam is defamed in any way, Muslims should violently defend it. Even
in a cartoon. But Muslims can and should defame Jews and Christians in Muslim newspapers and television, and they should defame any infidel or enemy, as they defame the U.S. today.
Here's another example: The Islamic supremacists of Saudi Arabia are pouring money into building mosques all over the free world. But according to Shari'a law, which is the law in Saudi Arabia, no non-Muslim religious structures are allowed to be built.
all over the world protest loudly and violently when anyone in Europe
or America resists the building of more mosques in their countries.
supremacists don't see the irony in it. They don't feel strange having
such an obvious double standard. They are, after all, Allah's followers
and everyone else is deluded. Fairness and equality with such unworthy
infidels would seem very out of place. A double standard seems
completely appropriate from that perspective.
standard principle is a key part of the idea-collection, and it has
been a great advantage in the spread of Islam (and the suppression of
26. It is forbidden to kill a Muslim
(except for a just cause). It is not forbidden to kill an infidel. This
causes a bond between Muslims, fear in non-Muslims, and motivation to
become Muslim. This is also another example of an explicit Islamic
CAN ADMIRE the brilliance of the Islamic idea-collection in an
abstract, intellectual sort of way, but it is terrifyingly real. Millions of
people try to follow these ideas to the letter. And their belief in the
idea-collection is strongly supported by the side-effects of Shari'a
law. By making the government and laws ruled by Islam, the
idea-collection applies two powerful principles of influence: social proof, and authority.
the religion in an Islamic state (or they are flogged, taxed, or
killed) and no one can criticize it, not friend-to-friend, and not
through any media. The psychological impact of this is enormous. Three
generations later, it would be almost impossible for any Muslim living
in that state to think outside of Islam. The authority and social proof
would be overwhelming.
course, just because I admire the genius of the idea-collection doesn't
mean I'm in favor of it. As a non-Muslim, I am wholeheartedly against
it. Remember, the success of an idea-collection has nothing to do with
making people happy or healthy. "Success" only means it propagates well.
The same is true for genes. A successful gene is
one that gets the most copies of itself into future generations. The
genes making up a deadly virus may kill millions of people and cause
untold misery, but from a genetic point of view, the virus is
successful. Genes don't care about people. They don't try to make us happy. They are cold and indifferent to our plight.
with ideas. An idea-collection will use up and spit out human lives in
the service of its propagation, indifferent to the pain, misery, or
death it causes.
An idea-collection, well-drilled into someone's
head and reinforced by the powerful authority and social proof of his
whole society, can cause him to blow himself up just to kill others for
the fulfillment of a fantasy goal of ultimately attaining world peace
and the triumph of Allah (and a harem of 72 dark-eyed voluptuous
beauties devoted to his every wish).
Islamic idea-collection is formidable. It is a force to be reckoned
with and we ignore it at our peril. It has already taken hold of the
minds and lives of almost one and a half billion people, and it's the youngest of the major religions.
And yet, the situation is not hopeless. Many Muslims now living in Islamic states are trapped and would defect from Islam if it were safe to do so.