Perfect: ‘You Ain’t No Muslim’ Guy Now Afraid Of Being Killed By Muslims
It turns out that “John,” which is how he is identified, “is not Muslim himself, but said he is angry that terrorist groups such as ISIL claim to represent Islam.” He tells the London Telegraph, “ISIS should be wiped out, because they’re not Muslims, because Muslims don’t do that. It’s as simple as that.”
Except, of course, that a Muslim did do that. John actually knows this, and this is where the story gets even better. Why is he identified only by his first name, refusing to let the newspapers publish his last name? “Now the man behind the comments has said he fears retribution from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — also known as ISIS — after their popularity.”
Well, there you go. The subway attacker wasn’t a Muslim, and the Islamic State is not Islamic — yet somehow they have an insistent interest in cutting off the head of any infidel who dares to make pronouncements about Islam.
Once again, non-Muslims are insisting they know better about who and what are Islamic.
What makes this such a perfect example of the trope is that it is once again non-Muslims who insist they know better about who and what are “truly” Islamic. And that they are doing it in the face of obvious counterexamples, which they acknowledge by their own actions — in this case, a subway attack by a Muslim, followed by a threat from radical Muslims.
To be sure, there are many “moderate,” non-violent, non-terrorist Muslims in Britain, in America, and in the rest of the world. (See a moving Facebook post by a disabled British soldier for some great perspective on this.) Yet there is no point in denying the existence of the large faction of Muslims who support tyranny and terror — documented in polls that range from one in three to one in 10 in various Western countries. Those who are killers or who support murder may be a minority, but they are a significant minority.
A debate among these people about the meaning of Islam and who is a true Muslim is useful and ongoing. But that’s not what the No True Muslim trope is about. The non-Muslims who make pronouncements about Islam are not actually attempting to influence Muslims or say anything about Islam. They’re trying to say something about themselves. John’s somewhat inarticulate explanation of what he was thinking ends with: “I don’t believe in all that.” It’s a message about what he believes, not what Muslims believe. It’s about establishing the purity of one’s own attitudes and motives.
Are Palestinians and their elected leaders not Islamic?