The KKK vs. Daesh (aka ISIS): The Wrong Kind of Analogy
“There are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.” – The Southern Poverty Law Center
Dear Qasim Rashid: You are an Ahmadi, a persecuted minority from Pakistan, and the author of The Wrong Kind of Muslim. Your books and articles show a peaceful side of Islam. You take on extremists, anti-Islamists, and support universal human rights, as shown on the left in defense of Raif Badawi.
The Image of Islam: Muslims like you are key to how Islam is perceived going forward. However, you lose me when you insult non-Muslims (see above). How does this strengthen your argument?
One Standard: Your analogy is false. Most people think the KKK does not represent Christianity because, as the SPLC shows, in a country of 300,000,000 people, there are, at most, 8,000 Klan members in the US.
Sharia, ISIS, and Islam: PEW Research reports that of Muslims that support shariah, over 80% also support death for apostasy, homosexuality, and adultery in Pakistan. A composite of all countries polled suggest about 300,000,000 Muslims worldwide want to implement this type of shariah. Now, we can discuss extent, but these Muslims and ISIS/Daesh share a common ideology.
That’s a Parallel Analogy: Qasim, contrast with how many Christians share views with the KKK.
Degrees: Are you really trying to divert attention from “stoning for adultery” and “honor killing” by saying, “Just look at that misogynist Dawkins!” And what are the fundamentals of atheism?
Iraq and 150,000 Killed: Then you compare ISIS with the US? Let’s examine. The US is complicit in Iraq, but blame needs to be spread. As the coalition took out Saddam chaos followed. Baathist/Sunni/Shia/Kurd/Al-Qaeda and the US were all fighting. If/when the US/UN coalition intervenes against ISIS, will you count every civilian death against the US?
“This nation (Pakistan) of 190 million is largely comprised of Sunni Muslims. It is also home to tens of millions of minorities, including Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Parsis, Ba’hais, Jews, Buddhists, atheists; the list continues. …While no one book can truly reach the depths of the persecution horrors that exist in present-day Pakistan, this book does its best to provide a snapshot.” – Qasim Rashid, The Wrong Kind of Muslim
Perpendicular Analogies: Take care when you make an analogy. 75-80% of the world is non-Muslim. Don’t you want them to think well of Islam? Why not, as a Muslim, appeal to rather than alienate non-Muslims and Christians?
Christianity in Iraq Is Finished – Washington Post
Egyptians Favor Stoning for Adultery and Death for Apostasy – Globe and Mail
What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic
65 Million (10% of population) in 11 Muslim Countries Have Favorable View of Daesh – Pew Research
To those who find fault with PEW, just Nigeria w/14% & Pakistan w/9% account for almost 30 million Muslims that “support” Daesh. Extreme Islam in Pakistan or Nigeria contrasts with extreme Christianity in the United States. Pakistani/Nigerian support of Boko Haram/TTP/Al Qaeda/Daesh is not the same as US support of Westboro Baptist Church or KKK. Far less than 10% of Americans have favorable views of the KKK. Fundamentalists kills thousands in Pakistan and Nigeria. No comparison. – QED