Isis Commits All-Time Low in War for Attention: Beheads 4 Year Old Girl
Fear and Prejudice
I recently read where a mother was forced by Isis to praise Allah as she bathed her hands in the blood of her beheaded 4 year old daughter.1
What does one do with information like that? It just doesn’t even compute. Just think about your life. Think about all the times you’ve been mistreated, all the wrongs you’ve been done. Nothing compares to this. It’s the sort of thing that you read and the oxygen just pulls out of your lungs and you’re left gasping for air.
It’s the sort of thing you just want to pretend you never read and run away from, but that nagging pull in the back of your brain just won’t let it go away. And the sad truth is that such an unconscionable act also brings up something very primal and ugly within us: prejudice.
I’m not talking about a prejudice against Isis here. Prejudice against them is entirely warranted. I can’t help but think that whenever a member of Isis dies, God smiles, regardless of if that God is Jehovah, Allah, or Thor, whatever, because that’s one more glaring mistake he’s made wiped from the face of the earth.
I’m talking about the sort of prejudice where anybody of the Islamic faith is put on trial, the sort of prejudice where anyone with dark skin, an accent, or a different point of view gets stared at sideways. I’m talking about the sort of prejudice that makes us all paranoid idiots.
Isis by the Numbers
Among the ways I try to keep the threat that is Isis in perspective is by understanding just what they are and what they could possibly hope to accomplish. In a nutshell, they are a bunch of idiots that want to take over the world and impose their poorly thought out and contradictory belief system on everybody. Yet they represent such a small percentage of the population that I would have to brush up on my scientific notation to properly demonstrate just how statistically insignificant their numbers are in comparison to the world’s population.
Estimates of the size of their movement put them at somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 people.2 The Islamic faith, however, has about 1.7 billion followers.3 This means that Islamic militants make up about .012% of the religion.
Here’s another example that might help you visualize the size of the Isis movement. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway at capacity can hold about 400,000 people.4 So basically the turnout for the Indy 500 is twice the size of Isis.
These statistics and examples don’t nullify the horrific nature of Isis’s actions, but they do serve to demonstrate how very irrational it is for U.S. citizens to think every foreigner is a militant. It does serve to demonstrate why it would be very ignorant for us to give up all our freedoms and become a military state surrounded by walls in response to this threat, to go against the very fabric from which this country was sewn and persecute people for their religion.
What Isis can and can't Accomplish
Again, the Isis group consists of approximately 200,000 militants, with the highest percentage of their forces being around 7,000 miles away from the U.S. border.5 Their goal: to control the other 7.4 billion people in the world with the use of antiquated military weapons.6
Is this a plausible outcome? No! Let’s look at it this way: are they selling a good product? Because at the end of the day you can’t change the will of a people unless you can sale them on your product, much less if they outnumber you. Well, among the many things Isis promotes are fear, torture, abuse and murder of children, and utterly dehumanizing women, who make up over half the population, by the way. I don’t know about you, but I’m just not sold on taking up a belief system like that.
Here’s what Isis can accomplish. They can terrorize people. They can make us sick to our stomach with their disregard for human life. They can manipulate a certain percentage of the population into being prejudice against foreigners. They can cause us to enact stupid policies and laws that ultimately benefit nobody but the wealthy.
But they can never win. They would have to get their hands on nuclear weapons and find a way to deploy them around the world all simultaneously, stay in an underground bunker for a few hundred years, and emerge as the most populous race to have a chance at succeeding. It sounds silly just saying it, and even if they did accomplish this monumental feat, what would they have won, really?
How Isis's Tactics are Counterproductive to Their Goals
I tell you what else they aren’t going to be able to do: come over here and impose their will on us. Let me ask you this, if they blowup a building in our county or commit some other atrocity, does that get them any close to controlling our nation? No. If anything, it distances them farther from their goal.
And really that’s the ultimate outcome of everything they do, at least on a global scale where they have no traction or numbers to bully with. Isis wants to start a world war with the ultimate goal of a global caliphate to lead us all in their very narrow-minded interpretation of the Islamic faith.7 Yet their tactics only serve to alienate everybody from what is an otherwise peaceful religion.
In essence, they hurt the very people in their religion by causing widespread prejudice. I can’t help but think the actions of Isis cause some Islamic peoples to leave the faith altogether. I mean, can you honestly tell me your faith wouldn’t be shaken if other members of your belief system were beheading children in the name of the God you pray to every day, if your family’s very safety was in jeopardy for your religion?
Please Don't Fall into Hate and Paranoia
A mother forced to praise Allah and bathe her hands in the blood of her beheaded 4 year old daughter. My heart hurts. What a disservice to Allah, or any God for that matter. But I will not let Isis make me a monster, too. I will not treat people of the Islamic faith like they are a part of this nonsense. I will not give into mass paranoia. I will not live my life differently because Isis exists.
Every time they redefine human indecency, every time they make us disgusted to be of their same species, at least there is the security of knowing Isis could never win, that their ambitions are beyond delusional, that in the grand scheme of things, they represent nothing, not even their own religion.
Folks, I urge you, don’t give into hate either. Don’t be the people Isis wants you to be and don’t allow them to usher in a new era of cultural ignorance and martial law. Please, don’t vote for people that represent the filthy, paranoid way of thinking that groups like Isis can often breed.