Yet once again, someone has said something that makes no sense whatsoever - and has said it as if it were self-evident. I've heard this argument from many non-Islamics.
There's a movie with Jim Carrey, Dumb and Dumber. Well, this argument qualifies for an announcement: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest.
The argument: Islam must continue because there are so many Islamics, over 1.6 billion. Different people say it differently, but the basic argument is the same: the ideology of Islam is irrelevant. No matter how bad or good it is, we must keep Islam around because of the numbers.
Does that make sense?
Let's imagine the year is 1945, the year of the end of World War II. The population of Germany is about 65 million. Seven percent, or approximately 4.5 million people, are card-carrying Nazis, and many more are Nazi-sympathizers. So the argument of those who hold that we must keep Islam because of the number of adherents, would be that Nazism must continue as there are so many Nazis.
It doesn't make sense to me. It sounds, in fact, immoral.
There are two possible responses.
Response one. Islam is a religion. Nazism is not.
My response: according to the core Islamic religious texts, Islam's goal is for the whole world to submit to Islam. And, according to the same Islamic religious texts, non-Islamics who are not Christian or Jewish are to be given only two choices: convert or be murdered. That applies to well over 1.6 billion people. I don't see that the people who refuse to convert would be any more or less dead if they are murdered by someone adhering to a religious or a political ideology.
In fact, many people have argued that Islam is primarily a political ideology. Bill Warner has checked: about 85% of Islam is political, not religious. However, this isn't my concern - I don't give any special status to a religious ideology. Plus, it's easy to prove that freedom of religion can never be top priority, or there are no human rights whatsoever.
What's the second argument? There were 'only' about 4.5 million Nazis, and there are 1.6 billion Islamics. Numbers, these people might argue, only count when there are over one billion adherents.
I haven't heard anyone claim that only ideologies (religious and/or non-religious) with over one billion adherents need to be kept. But, if someone should come up with that argument, what's the logical reply?
The logical reply: please back your claim. Why is it okay to be against an ideology with 4.5 million adherents, but not against one with 1.6 billion adherents?
In fact, the counter-argument is that an ideology with 1.6 billion adherents, if dangerous, needs to be countered far more than an ideology with 'only' 4.5 million adherents.
By the way, note that the numbers argument has not been trotted out around slavery ("There were millions of people in favor of slavery, therefore they should have kept slavery"), nor around votes for women ("There were millions of people against votes for women, therefore women should not have been given the vote"), nor around gay rights ("There were millions of people against gay rights, therefore there should be no gay rights").
The only moral stance: numbers are irrelevant, in terms of whether something should be kept or not. The Aztec religion featured human sacrifice. It doesn't matter if many believed in it or only a few.
Why would anyone ever use an argument about Islam, while never even thinking of using it around slavery or gay rights? Because the numbers argument isn't 'in the air' (via media, etc) around slavery or gay rights.
The people who make the claim in regard to Islam, are clearly not thinking clearly - which is evident in so many areas of the West.
The logical argument is so elementary: what matters is the ideology, not the number of adherents. In fact, the more adherents, the more it matters to show any immorality, and to counter it.
A question: Who put the Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest idea into so many people?
Most important: How do we clear out the mental fog?
One option: you could post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.: http://elsasblog.com/171103-dumb-dumber-dumbest.html (You can copy and paste the image, by the way.)
And now, all the best to all who care to THINK and dare to THINK - to use logic and come to logical conclusions.