Boko Haram and the Culture of Coercive Disapproval

“Boko Haram” is some group somewhere in Africa doing something wrong while claiming to be Islamic.

That’s about as much I knew or cared to know when I heard the news of some school girls being kidnapped. Not that I’m unsympathetic, but I didn’t much think it had anything to do with me or what I believed — naturally then, my interests would go no further than thinking this a horribly immoral act and hoping justice would be delivered by the proper authorities in the region. However, much to my dismay, I and the rest of the Muslim world are routinely called upon to denounce acts of violence in the name of Islam, for no other reason than the fact that we are somehow responsible.

And this is why I refuse to speak out; I should not be held responsible in any way for the actions and beliefs of others simply because we share the same label. By proxy, I refuse to give in to a narrative perpetuated by a culture of coercive disapproval, which threatens to place me in the same camp as extremists simply because they do not happen to hear my voice of opposition every time the media decides to highlight another act of violence in the middle east or elsewhere. Every time I stand up and say “that’s not me”, I am implicitly giving in to the idea that I am never free to define myself; I am never free of guilt. Always having to defend myself is not indicative of a free identity, but of a person on trial, whose jury doesn’t operate on the principle of “innocent until proven otherwise.”

The fact is, that while there are certainly many acts being perpetuated in the name of Islam, Islam has little to nothing to do with much of anything in this day and age: whether positive or negative. The truth is out there for all to see. The Islamophobes and the critics will continuously point to the “Islamic countries” and their problems, claiming that “Sharia” is what rules over those populations, but anyone with a bit of common sense and Google will see otherwise: Sharia rules over nothing. All “Islamic countries” are governed by civil law; even the supposedly strictest nations, Saudi Arabia, a  juristic monarchy, and Iran, a Platonist styled philosopher king republic, are concepts unheard of in the history of a traditional Islamic polity. “One-law-for-all” was never a concept that the Sharia applied, nor was voting ever something implemented on a mass scale. The Sharia was also always tied to a specific madhab (school of thought), whereas in Saudi Arabia, jurists bypass many rulings in favor of corporate-cratic kings who prefer holding hands with Western power elites in exchange for petro-dollars.

This fact also exposes another truth that islamophobes and liberalist fascists might find shockingly embarrassing: for the most part, secular principles rule this world. Calls to “police” or otherwise control our own fellow Muslims are calls to vigilantism; the very thing these “vanguards of freedom” often chastise terrorists and insurgents for. Most Muslims are civilians under a secular state; the only people who need to do policing are the police. Apparently, this logic isn’t enough for the phobes and fascists to understand, because it’s unworthy of justifying scapegoating people for their own problems– faltering economies and over-inflated military industrial complexes hell-bent on importing democracy to the rest of the world at the expense of thousands of lives and domestic grievances. Perhaps it would be overkill to mention that these same polities, considered as beacons of civilization, are the ones funding the very countries that produced the cave-dwelling terrorists to begin with; black gold and the Sauds luxuries are apparently worth more than the 3000+ lives taken on September 11, 2001.

In the end, the people who should be speaking out and running checks on their own societies, are those that believe in “a government by the people, for the people”. Boko Haram is not my government, nor is it part of my government, but I can think of many governments and its people that make Boko Haram look far more appealing.

3 Comments on “Boko Haram and the Culture of Coercive Disapproval

  1. Repent ALL Muslims of ALL your Sins, Transgressions, Bad works, Trespasses, Iniquities and for being Muslims in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Then ALL Muslims get Baptize in the name of Jesus Christ a.ka. the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Next ALL Muslims Pray for yourself to receive the Holy Ghost/Comforter/Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Finally ALL Muslims become Christians by READING, STUDYING and mostly by DOING that which is still to be done in the Holy Bible plus watch Christian videos and movies. Please ALL Muslims ask us Christians to teach ALL of you Muslims the Holy Bible.

  2. Coercion is the wrong word. It is what we should EXPECT from the usually very loud and boisterous Muslim community who yell and scream and change people’s laws when things don’t go their way… “LOOK! A CARTOON! START KILLING!” — “LOOK! THEY’RE SELLING BACON AT THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA – SHUT IT DOWN!” — “LOOK! THAT PERSON STEPPED ON A QUR’AN – KILL HIM AND HIS FAMILY!” But you continuously are SILENT when much deeper atrocities occur – almost on a daily basis. Nothing but dumb-assed silence when REAL things happen.

    And anyway, kidnapping HAS got something to do with your religion:

    “The Prophet suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives” (Sahih Bukhari 46:717) Easy to see where Boko fucken Bonkers get their influence no?

    Islam IS the problem, as you put the rights of a dead man and his god before the rights of man. You would do well to ponder on that and realise why the Muslim world is so far behind the rest…

    • No, Islam is not the problem, constant western meddling in muslim countries, constant political destabilisation of Muslim countries by the west and constant killings by the west has lead to extremists to rise and try to grab power.

      You use such pathetic and emotional language to appeal to emotion.

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