The Silence of Peaceful Muslims

Saudi Royal family

Saudi Royal family

While Muslim extremists fire missiles at Israel, persecute and expel Christians and Yazidis from the ancient homes, slaughter their opponents in Syria and Iraq, slaughter Christians in Nigeria, kidnap schoolgirls, torch Christian churches, sentence to death and imprison a pregnant American citizen, persecute Coptic Christians in Egypt, oppress women and wage barbarian terror wherever they can, many wonder why America and her allies have been so uninvolved.

Why the silence from the White House? Why nothing more than ineffectual protests from European countries?

Those complaints are valid, but I am increasingly curious about another matter.

We are told that the forces of ISIS, Al Quaeda, the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and the Syrian rebels are not really Muslims. They’re the extremists. They’re no more authentic Muslims than the IRA bombers in Ireland were authentic Catholics.

Islam is a religion of peace we’re told. In fact, most Muslims are sensible, ordinary people like us who only want to have a quiet life. Most countries with Islamic leadership and an Islamic population are not wild and crazy like these extremists. Most of them, like us deplore what is happening.

If this is the case, why don’t we hear more about it?

Where is the moral outrage about what is happening in Northern Iraq from this vast majority of peaceful Muslims?

It’s a natural response, and to be fair, it is not all silence. In the midst of high emotion we have to be reasonable and gather facts.

Some Muslims are speaking out. An influential group of Islamic scholars have voiced disapproval.

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces,” the group said in a statement posted on the website of its leader, the influential cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi on Tuesday.

“These are acts that violate Islamic laws, Islamic conscience and leave but a negative image of Islam and Muslims.”

You can read more about their statement here. Last month the most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims. He officially denounced

the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” of Christians, calling it a “crime that cannot be tolerated.” The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they “have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.”
You can read more about this statement here.
Yesterday for my radio show I interviewed Bishop Camillo Ballin–the Vicar Apostolic for Northern Africa about the situation. He has worked in the Muslim world for over 40 years and said ISIS are radical extremists and not representative of the Islamic religion. Communications director of CNEWA — Michael LaCivita was more blunt. He told me in robust terms, “ISIS are not Muslim. They are ruthless thugs using the religion of Islam as a cover to take money and power.”
Nevertheless, while Islamic scholars and diplomats have spoken out I wonder why more is not being done. I wonder why the leaders of Muslim countries don’t get together to solve this problem.

Where is the military action to root out this cancerous part of Islam from their midst?

Iran is a rich and powerful country. The Saudi Arabian royal family have vast reserves of wealth. The Sultan of Brunei is a Muslim and one of the world’s wealthiest men. Pakistan is a wealthy and powerful country with an Islamic majority. Indonesia, Egypt and Libya are wealthy oil rich countries with significant armies. Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Somalia are 99% Muslim. Mali,Tunisia, Turkey, Tajikstan and Turkmenistan are all 99% Muslim.

If the majority of Muslims are peace loving people who are horrified by what is going on the name of their religion why is there not more outrage?  Why the lack of action? Continue Reading