Islamic Maggots—Part I
[Note: The characterization, "maggots," is not directed against individuals, but an ideology, one of the most evil, if not the most evil ideology in the history of the world, Islam. It is tempting to characterize those who embrace and practice that ideology as maggots as well, but the characterization would not be correct. Those who embrace Islam, and put its evil teachings into practice are more properly characterized as rabid dogs that kill and destroy, driven by meaningless, purposeless, viciousness.]
As disgusting as they are, maggots are seldom thought of as a threat the way other kinds of vermin are, such as destructive locusts or disease bearing mosquitoes. As far as I know, there has never been a plague of maggots, or a campaign to wipe out maggot infestations. The flies, which maggots become, are certainly pestiferous, but maggots themselves, as maggots, even have a benevolent use.
The medical use of blow-fly larvae is possible because the larvae "they go for naturally decomposing material." While these maggots will infest any open wound, they will only feed on decaying or dead tissue, they will not touch live healthy flesh.
Recent articles on this and other sites have portrayed Islam as a great threat to Western, particularly American, society. The threat is not Islam, however; it is a much more insidious evil infecting societies that makes the growth of Islam, like an infestation of maggots, possible.
The Growth of Islam
There are over a billion Muslims in the world today, approximately 23% of the world's population. Between 1900 and 1970 Islam grew from 200 million to 554 million; between 1970 and 2005 Islam increased more than 4 times to 1.2 billion.
The phenomenal growth of Islam is attributed to many things by the experts, all of them wrong, because the experts look to Islam itself for their explanation, but the explanation lies outside Islam.
Two things the experts point to as reasons for Islam's expansion is birthrate and, since 1970, oil. It is true, they "multiply like a protozoa," as Oriana Fallaci says in her "A Sermon for the West", which is a reason for their growth in numbers, but in itself does not explain why it is so. As for oil, it has had the opposite effect to the one the experts attribute to it.
Where Islam Grows
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) lists 55 members states: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrghystan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikstan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
The vast majority of Muslims live in Asia and Africa." It just so happens that hunger and poverty dominate those same areas of the world.
It also happens that these same areas are plagued by Slavery, like Niger, presently suffering from starvation as well. The articles neglect to mention that Niger is an OIC member.
Slavery is common throughout much of Africa, (this article does mention that Mauritania and Sudan are Islamic states), and Asia, such as Thailand and Pakistan, another Islamic state.
Cause and Effect
When I was a boy there was a very tall man who wore funny brightly colored checked or striped suits who led all the parades. At least I thought he led the parades, because he was always the first person one saw when the parade began to pass, and wherever he went, the rest of the parade followed.
In fact, he was no official part of the parades at all, as I learned when older. He was simply a harmless old eccentric who would find out the parade routes and "follow" the parades from in front. The parade wasn't following him at all.
It is easy to make the same kind of mistake about Islam. It is easy to presume that since Islamic states are always dominated by poverty, ignorance, hunger, disease, and inhuman practices like slavery, it is Islam which is the cause. It is true, Islam is a backward retrograde ideology and an oppressive religion that makes no contribution to the success or prosperity of a society. It is true, where there is some level of individual prosperity or economic success in Muslim societies, it is in spite of Islam, not because of it. But it is not Islam itself that oppresses and impoverishes societies.
Where Islam Languishes
Islam does not flourish in healthy societies. Islam does not appeal to people living in societies, where the citizens are free, well educated, healthy, and enjoy the benefits of economic opportunity. It is the very nature of Islam itself that makes it unappealing to those busy about the business of life and the pursuit of happiness. Though Islam dictates every aspect of life, it is not a religion concerned with living one's life successfully in this world; it is for those who look for life in some other world, the one they believe follows this one. Islam appeals to those who despair of finding happiness in this life and world—it appeals to those whose own sense of inadequacy or the hopelessness of their "situation" convinces them they have nothing to live for in this world and put all their hope in an unseen future one.
The Danger of Maggots
Healthy viable societies are in no danger from Islam. Just as live healthy flesh is protected from maggots by the vitality of that flesh, a society where men are free to produce, learn, and enjoy their lives is protected by the vitality of such a society from the spread of Islam.
Men who are enjoying their lives have no interest in an ideology that forbids all enjoyment, from art and music to alcohol. Men who are competent and know how to live successfully in this world are not interested in an ideology to tells them when to pray, what to eat, and what to wear. Men who love freedom and know how to enjoy it are not interested in an ideology that represses women, promotes violence and destruction, and "rewards" suicide.
Islam flourishes in societies dominated by oppression, corruption, and ignorance. Islam is embraced by men who despair of meaning in this life whether due to crushing poverty or the pointless hopelessness of a life without purpose born of post-modern relativism. It is dying and rotting societies that are ripe for the spread of Islam.
Festering Spreading Wounds
Islam, like maggots, is opportunistic. Islam produces nothing of value, it lives on what is produced by the healthy productive parts of societies; it scavenges what is left when the viable parts of societies die; it lives on the rot of the world. It does not have any strength of it's own, it depends of whatever strength is left in the society it infests. In the end, it either spreads, as more of the society dies, or dies with that society.