by Sundar J.M. Brown
The adherents of Radical Islam, and their silent supporters, including those who support Radical Islam by not speaking out against it, have nurtured a fundamentalist adherence to an ideology. Radical ideologies, like all ideologies (though the radical ideologies are far more insidious), exist on a subtle plane and are thus not able to be combated with gross technological weapons. Rather, they must be fought against in their own ethereal arena. It remains to be seen whether the proposed “Win Hearts and Minds” campaign being so actively pursued in Afghanistan and other unstable regions, will have any long-term positive effect. Recent signs and statistics point to a definitive “no“. That fact has become a strong platform from which Radical Islamists continue to spread their violent ideology en masse.
That which is subtle is bound to become gross. Thus, it may be rightly intuited that we will see ever-increasingly bold and public assertions of Radical Islamist ideology as the years pass on. The mere fact that such events are going unchecked is compelling evidence that the ideology of Radical Islam is finding a comfortable and cozy home within our intellectual communities and within our daily lives (i.e., universities, private fund-raising organizations, not-for-profit charities and foundations, locally organized political activists, the lobbyist culture, think tanks, corporations, academic conferences and forums, etc.).
If the ideology of Radical Islam is being ever more accepted in the Western Academy, particularly when this is being done by rendering Radical Islam as justified, or by euphemizing Radical Islamist acts as acts which are prescribed in Moderate Islam, how will the persons who are the end-users of intellectual product, that is to say, the everyday American citizens, be protected from Radicalized Islamists? How will the American socio-economic system not gradually become indoctrinated by the principles on which Radical Islam rests?
Indeed, it is already evident in many domestic contexts that Radical Islamist ideology is being received with open arms in the name of “understanding”, “diversity”, “multiculturalism”, “religious freedom”, “freedom of speech” and “open discourse”. It is also quite evident that any voice to the contrary is often deemed “racist”, “oppressive”, “xenophobic”, and “anti-democratic”.
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However, in order to preserve our present sociological condition, in order to guarantee that the securities and liberties which we currently enjoy are maintained and expanded to the greatest benefit of all those who have sacrificed their lives to uphold them, we must, first and foremost, protect the language of freedom, and the freedom of language, which we, as Americans, enjoy. That language is precisely what defines our ideological conceptions, what constructs for us the “American Consciousness”.
We, as a society, must develop and refine and deepen our own understanding so as to preserve the freedoms which so many American citizens have fought and died to obtain. When an invasive force- such as the ideology of Radical Islam- is working with such fervor to undermine the values on which this country and its people rest, it is crucial, it is imperative, that those who are willing to stand and fight against the Radical Islamist ideology’s attempted intellectual infiltration make their voices heard. Think Again is a place where all of those collective voices will consumate as a single voice.
A strong response is needed, one which speaks to the heart of the preservation of those precise American values which do, in fact, allow for a full-experience of religious freedom, freedom of speech, diversity and understanding, but also fully uphold the social, economic and personal security of American citizens. That response is especially present here on Think Again and will continue to be so ad infinitum.
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