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When trying to convince a person of something, it’s often best to reduce the subject concerned to its fundamentals. By doing so, the essential message is easier to understand, and once understood, tends to strike harder. It also helps if your argument involves concepts and actors familiar to the person one is trying to persuade.
With this in mind, a good way to proselytize about the Islamic threat is to highlight the fate of popular culture should the Muslims win. Though such arguments might appear frivolous relative to those within tomes like Lewis’s ‘What Went Wrong’ or Berman’s ‘Terror & Liberalism’ (both worth reading incidentally), it may be the only language younger generations understand.
Take for a start the case of Lady Gaga and her planned 2012 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. Just weeks before this (sold-out and heavily anticipated) concert was scheduled to take place, organisers were forced to cancel it. The reason? Threats of violence by a Muslim collective calling themselves ‘The Islamic Defenders Front’ (FPI). According to spokespeople for the militant group, Gaga was targeted because her dance moves would ‘corrupt’ and ‘sexualise’ the country’s youth.
After the concert’s cancellation was announced, a member of the FPI exclaimed – ‘This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims. Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.’
Whatever your views on Lady Gaga, or indeed the effect her example has on young people, you can surely smile at how this must have embarassed Western liberal opinion. Not much was made of it at the time, but we’d do well to make a point of it now.
If a young person likes Lady Gaga, or indeed Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, or whoever else is in vogue on the Western pop scene, they cannot simultaneously like Islam – or at least not without being exactly hypocritical.
Gaga will not soon be performing in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Somalia. Why? Because she stands in direct opposition to everything Islamic clerics promote and fulfills everything they condemn.
An Islamised West – by extension – will have no room for music of any kind, save for the spirit-numbing chantings of Qur’anic verse. Music and orthodox Islam are opposed. Totally. And since one cannot have both, one must choose one or the other.
So why, you ask, are there so many liberals who defend Islam one minute and listen to Katy Perry the next?
Although it looks like hypocrisy on their part, one mustn’t discount simple ignorance as a factor. Many people simply don’t know that Islam prohibits music, or if they do know, cannot believe that such a prohibition could be enforced. Such people must be helped.
To do so, ask them (without sounding obviously sarcastic) to produce a list of their favourite musicians from countries run along traditional Islamic lines. If they’re stubborn, they’ll google ‘Arab musicians’ – something entirely different – and return with a list of Maronite and Coptic singers now based in the West. It’s highly unlikely that they’ll return with a Jazz-Fusion collective from Jeddah, or a punk band from Kabul.
After this, simply walk your point home.
This rule holds true not just for music, but for comedy, fashion, and most kinds of sport too. Beneath the surface, almost every Western citizen is (by lifestyle and social preference) actively anti-Islam. ‘Islamophobes’ are merely those who don’t care to hide it.