Children are amongst the 22 dead and over 50 injured in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert last night, the attacker, later identified as 23 year old Salman Abedi, is also among the dead. Maybe that’s something to do with Islam, maybe not (it’s probably Islam). Nevertheless, before adding what I believe is a relevant video from David Wood on the 7/7 London bombings, I’d like to write a brief thought on the news coverage on the Manchester attack. Waking up to read about my countrymen and women having been murdered, there’s no real coverage on why people are being senselessly harmed, rather there are stories of valiant cabbies who gave traumatized concert goers free rides home, or stories of how people are bravely going to work this morning as if nothing happened. This isn’t being done because nobody’s really sure and the collective media have such great control over themselves that they’re not inclined to jump to unproven conclusions (gay genes anyone?) Rather they’re eager to bombard people with feel good tripe in so awful a situation because they fear that (yet again) this attack was caused by Islam, the gift that keeps on giving.
To write bluntly about their stories, I don’t care, I don’t want feel good stories the morning after 22 people are murdered in the supposed safety of their own city. I don’t care about feeling up or happy when so many people have just had their lives destroyed. When news men and women say “Oh how brave. We’re such a brave country and won’t be divided by these acts, we’ll get on with it” that’s only an appropriate response when the nation’s reaction to terrorism in general is one which causes Islam inspired violence to retreat.
If the general response isn’t causing a retreat in terrorism than the reply of “we’re just going to carry on” isn’t an appropriate reply for people who insist they want less murder, less terror. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” doesn’t apply here. Coincidentally enough in the stabbings which happened recently, where a Muslim man drove at Londoners with their car, the response was the same. By a poorly scrawled message on a whiteboard in the underground commuters read “we’re going to drink tea and carry on.” Well, Mr. We’re going to drink tea and carry on, that’s probably one of the most callous things you can do in response to the death of innocent people, deaths which a culture shift could have stopped in it’s tracks. “You won’t divide us!” Only makes sense when we’re united, which we are not, and we’re not united because in 99% of bookshops in the country you can buy a manual which reads unambiguously “kill and be killed,” and “slaughter people who don’t think like you think.”
On the event the Independent reported “if the intention of those who commit acts of terror is to disrupt ordinary life, then the only possible response is not to let that happen.” Great idea, let me try too: “If the terrorist’s intentions are everything I say they are, then I can give a really poor response and pretend that’s a strong answer. It’s like answering a question nobody asked!” Their intention was to murder children, my rocket scientist friends over at the Independent, and that’s exactly what they achieved. If we’re writing about Islamic terrorism then their aim was to murder in the name of their religion, and that’s exactly what they achieved. Don’t attribute false goals and narrow intentions to people so that you can “answer” the challenge of terrorism by burying your head in the sand.
Though they’re not done dishing their pearls of wisdom yet: “We’re not actually equipped to do that much at all, other than to try to carry on, to not allow ourselves to be terrorised, to not stop living our lives.” Reading in context, knowing your sources, informing the population, the news isn’t able to do any of those things, yeah. The article ended by pointing out that if Ariana Grande could “inspire” people to stick to business as usual, they’d “deserve the name dangerous woman.” Dangerous woman being in reference to a song or album (who over the age of twenty-five really knows?) So, and this is the reasoning of supposedly the most advanced people ever known in history, if we’re able to be “inspired” by the teen idol Ariana Grande into doing jack all, literally doing nothing that the misled masses weren’t doing before, then she’ll deserve to be described as “dangerous.” The boggling of the mind that must go on in these places.
Before heading out to serve my community, I’d like to write a little thank you list. Thank you, atheists. Thank you for obscuring the evils of Islam by religious relativism, in addition to throwing other faiths under the bus when you’re called upon to act with honesty. Thanks for making Christianity (a world-view which made our loving culture) the point of your hatred. Thanks again for pretending Islam’s been responsible for science and various other forms of advancement in the western world, as opposed to pointing towards the reality: A one thousand year mess of murder, rape and plunder (in which Muslim invaders assimilated advancements which we can prove were made by other cultures).
Thanks nominal Muslims, thanks for holding to a political ideology masquerading as a religion, and cheers for being immune to any respectful teaching to the contrary. Your momma and papa still talk with you, which they wouldn’t do if you left Islam, so, the death of 22 people is worth it just so long as you’re not put into any socially uncomfortable situations. You don’t go to the mosque, you don’t recite your prayers, you drink, you’re a fraud, and murderers across the world thank you for your support (if in name only).
Was it Islam, was it not Islam (it was probably Islam). Furthermore, I’d like to add (unlike many online) I’d take no comfort in that. I would personally take zero joy in the fact that “I told you so” regarding Islam, hopefully no true believer does. The left mourn, the right celebrate, internet atheists mourn, because “this will give ammo to the bigots!” If you thought they’d be mourning the continued loss of life you’d be wrong. The bigots already have ammo, my atheist friends, they murder people with it. One writer summed up the Independent’s article (and the media’s attitude towards terrorism in general) very well: “Keep calm and carry on being bombed.” This article I’m writing today, although being about an event, is really a timeless article, timeless because people aren’t changing their ways, they’re going to drink tea and carry on.
― T. C. M