One of the things I find rather striking about Islam is how quick its members are to lobbing threats of violence and death. As I wrote about before, I received death threats from Muslims and alleged members of ISIS after I posted two videos (Part 1 and Part 2) where I burned the ISIS flag. Why have I not reported these threats to the FBI? Because I don’t consider them to be very convincing. These are Youtube users. As far as I know, there is no “Death to Rayan Zehn” Facebook page where supporter lists are relatively public. The NY Post even outed my current city of residence in their article about burning the ISIS flag, but I still don’t fear for my life. Besides, radical Islamists can’t get to Salman Rushdie, and he’s a public figure. What makes anyone think they can get to me, a pseudonymous figure with no discernible itinerary?
But still, there is cause for alarm. When even a small percentage of Muslims throw around death threats against people who offend their religion, as if death threats were nothing more than candy, we should be concerned. Contrast this with the list of death threats I’ve received from Christians. The vast majority of my posts specifically target Christianity. If the rate of death threats from Muslims is any indication, we would assume Christians would be threatening my life on a daily basis. But to be honest, the list of death threats I’ve received from Christians for insulting Christianity caps out at zero. That’s right; not a single Christian has ever threatened my life for my atheist-themed social activities. This is why I wrote last year that we should criticize Islam more than Christianity.
This is not to say that Christians are not sometimes compelled towards threats of religious terrorism. The. Opposite. Is. True. Instead, this is to say that Christians tend to — at least in the United States and the West — take the moral high ground compared to Islamists when their religious beliefs are offended. Christians might resort to evil — passing anti LGBT legislation or, in extreme cases, trying to pass off creationism as science — but this is relatively benign compared to what radical Islamists do.
I have been lectured ad nauseam by Muslims who wish to distance themselves from the Islamic State. They tell me ISIS doesn’t reflect Islam (a No True Scotsman approach). To be honest, I don’t give a fuck. I’ll be nicer to Islam the day radical Islam more resembles the Westboro Baptist Church than it does, well, radical Islam.
The Westboro Baptist Church might be filled with assholes, but at least those assholes don’t conduct suicide terror missions.