Triggering: A Sharia State of Mind
by EDWARD CLINE
January 26, 2017
This column can be deemed Trigger Warning-worthy because it t mocks trigger warning addicts and others dependent on post-adolescence pacifiers.
Short of declaring reality off-limits, the number of things being declared persona non grata by college students seems to be multiplying.
However, is it my imagination or are today's college students establishing a kind of secular Sharia, sans a mystical deity, without possessing an inkling of knowledge of Islamic law? It could go under another name most college students would be horrified by but unable to refute: Fascism. Historically, Fascism as a collectivist movement, relied on physical force to propagate and impose its various statist agendas, from Hitler's racist supremacism, to the Perons' class warfare against the upper and middle classes.
Sharia is a code of Islamic "law" that defines acceptable behavior and "codifies" do's and don'ts for the average, gullible, brain-stunted Muslim. By its nature, and because of its purpose, it is totalitarian; it prescribes and governs virtually every action, decision, and choice of an individual.
Like Nazi ideology (and it is no coincidence that Islam is compatible with Nazism [National Socialism], and vice versa), Islam erases the individual, requiring him to live, breathe, and eat for Allah in across-the-board submission. It even prescribes his bodily functions and behavior in the bathroom.
In the totalitarian regimes, as the Germans found out after only a few months of Hitler's rule, every detail of life is prescribed, or proscribed. There is no longer any distinction between private matters and public matters. "There are to be no more private Germans," said Friedrich Sieburg, a Nazi writer; "each is to attain significance only by his service to the state, and to find complete self-fulfillment in his service." "The only person who is still a private individual in Germany," boasted Robert Ley, a member of the Nazi hierarchy, after several years of Nazi rule, "is somebody who is asleep."
Your life purpose and goal as a Muslim is to join the Ummah, or the whole collective of Islam, around the globe, and you can join it by advancing the spread of Islam. (I've always nicknamed it "The Borg.")
Substitute the state with Allah, and there is no fundamental difference between Islam and Nazism. Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been right all the long.
So many things upset or offend a Muslim. So many offences may get you, a non-compliant Muslim or an infidel killed. That has happened countless times, everywhere, and counted tens of thousands of victims. Here is a short list of permissions and prohibition from Billionbibles:
- Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand (above).
Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
- Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
- Criticizing or denying Allah, the god of Islam is punishable by death.
- A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim [an apostate] is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
- A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
- Girls' clitoris should be cut (Muhammad's words, Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251). [Columbia University students recently polled said they were comfortable with female genital mutilation, or FGM]
- A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
- A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
- A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
- A divorced wife loses custody of all children over 6 years of age, or when they exceed it.
- Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
- A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
- A woman's testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man's.
- A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
A woman may not drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval). [or accidents?]
- A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
- Edible meat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah, i.e., be "Halal."["Edible meat" does not include pork, or any by-product of it; pork is verboten to Muslims]
- Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.
In July 2012, Dr. Hans Jansen wrote in his excellent and comprehensive FrontPage article, "What is Sharia?":
The Islamic Sharia is a system of law. It is a collection of prohibitions, admonitions and commands about human behavior. The Sharia is not an internal matter that only concerns Islam and Muslims. The Sharia includes a large number of provisions about people who are not Muslims. These rules are usually prohibitions that carry severe penalties if violated. These provisions of the Sharia make life unsafe and uncertain for someone who lives under Sharia law and who is not a Muslim.
Under Sharia law, someone who is not a Muslim possesses no inalienable rights. If I am wrong here, I will be relieved, and happy to stand corrected and receive your e-mails pointing out why I am wrong. But if I am right, a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay possesses more rights than a Jew or a Christian who lives under Sharia law.....
Muslim theology claims that Sharia law is divine. If unfamiliar new questions arise for which the Sharia has to provide an answer, Sharia specialists, at least in theory, put forward a solution that is based upon the four principles or ‘roots', of the Sharia. These four principles will reemerge again and again in all discussions concerning the Sharia. They are Koran, Hadith, Analogy and Agreement.
I wrote in "Trigger Happy," that "Cashing in on their students' prenatal Progressive upbringing, and on their potty-training, modern educators patronize and encourage the bewildering universe of the modern college student, who has been taught that nothing is real and that therefore reality is anything you want it to be. If you think a thing is dangerous or offensive, you deserve a "safe place" from it, and more, that you should be warned of its proximity and that steps should be taken to expel it from reality - or at least from a snowflake's consciousness."
University students studying the death of Christ are being given trigger warnings before being shown images of the Crucifixion. Theology undergraduates studying an introductory Bible course at the highly-regarded University of Glasgow are being warned that the execution may distress them.
They are given the opportunity to skip lectures entirely if they are too fearful that the Biblical imagery may upset them.
Those triggers also extend to such worrisome things as forensic evidence, dead animals, and urban rioting.
Warnings are also given to the university's veterinary students who work with dead animals, and those studying ‘contemporary society' who will be discussing illness and violence.
Students of forensic science at Strathclyde University in Glasgow are given a ‘verbal warning... at the beginning of some lectures where sensitive images, involving blood patterns, crime scenes and bodies etc are in the presentation'.
Muslims, of course, are already granted dozens of mandatory "trigger warnings." In fact, they are demanding that the whole country - or all of Europe - be converted, in conformance with Sharia, into a "safe space," which now, in Muslim-occupied sections of major European cities, goes under the appellation of a "no go zone," where they can express their outraged hurt feelings or plot their latest depredation against "infidel" without worry about the police. Barring that, they'll exercise their right to riot and stab and rape and set fire to their own mosques and call it someone else's "hate crime."
In sum, a kind of campus-defined brand of Sharia, has effectively been established and regulated by the trigger fingers of hypersensitive students. "You can't show that! It's offensive and upsetting!" Often, without even a cue from their professors (but too often in accordance with an academic, Marxist agenda), students will identify a trigger-worthy pariah, these students have been well-trained and brainwashed: Cecil Rhodes, Thomas Jefferson, Brexit, Israel, Jews, Winston Churchill, and the list could go on. God, as he is depicted in Western lore, is "white," and so can be protested, claim the Black Lies Matter fascists. The major Western philosophers, from Socrates and Aristotle, up to the West's major philosophical nemeses who gave rise to it all, Immanuel Kant and Georg F. Hegel, were "white, too," so "off with their heads!" and exorcize them out of the syllabus! We don't want to know who laid the intellectual groundwork of what we want NOW and what we want banished!
University officials are succumbing to, or are encouraging, a "Sharia state of mind" in their faculties, in their classrooms, and in their students. It is a totalitarian "state of mind" eerily similar to that which existed in Nazi Germany (a "state of mind" being revived in modern Germany to the benefit of Muslims there) and in the Soviet Union.
In the classroom, a student who questions the assertions of a leftist teacher, or who doesn't hove to the PC line of "safety," will be trashed, mocked, ridiculed, and subjected to gales of laughter on cue from the teacher. And outside the classroom, physically threatened and likely attacked. As Jews and Trump supporters are now.
"Western Civ's Got to Go!" "Reason is just an arbitrary construct, it's got to go! It's Offensive! Racist! Oppressive! It's anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-LGBT, anti-Hispanic, anti-Black....!"
Today's "snowflakes" are today's black and brown shirts. They are today's yearners for an educational and cultural Kristallnacht. They adhere to their Sharia-like state of mind. They don't need to don uniforms made by Hugo Boss. We witnessed their actions and antics during the Trump/Clinton presidential campaign. They have discarded reason and all rational values. All they have left to act on are their emotions; the sweeping Trump victory, has left then nothing but their malice and vitriol stoked by their leaders in academic and out. They are the violent, careening, activist Fascists, pulling real triggers and wielding clubs and bricks. Or neo-Nazis. Or secular Jihadists. Or the political cannon fodder of the Democrats.
Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.