Hero worship of individuals, as occurs under fascistic and dictarorial regimes, also fosters a culture, where human rights and freedom are least regarded. It's no wonder that in countries where Muhammad, a fascistic dictator, is hero-worshipped, human rights and freedom are least valued...
Hero Worship and the Monoculture of the Anthill
by Kenneth Roberts
March 12, 2010
"Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom."
So said Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher. Think of North Korea, Stalinist Russia, the Red Guards of China, Hitler's Germany, etc.
Now consider this: Wherever Muhammad is most admired, there is the lowest regard for human rights, civil liberties and political freedoms, such as Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, and Tunisia.
The reason for this lack of human rights is something that Muslims deny and block out of consciousness. Plainly, Muhammad was a dictator and an abuser of human rights. But Muhammad is said by Muslims to be perfect. It isn't abuse if Muhammad did it.
Muhammad took away the human rights of peaceful, pluralistic, cultured people. He insulted, robbed, assassinated, enslaved, and then expelled the rest of them from their properties and ancestral homeland in Arabia. Since the hero Muhammad committed these crimes, they are justifiable and good. Today, we call Muhammad's political program ethnic cleansing or 'genocide.' Aggressive ethnic cleansing is occurring today in Iran and Sudan. It is 'good', because the hero Muhammad did it.
Muslims imitate Muhammad, so Islam naturally creates a despotic form of government that represses women and minorities. It's Islam's DNA.
Islam, in theory, is a single imperial state. The constitution of Islam is the biography of Muhammad. The Koran calls Muhammad's life 'a beautiful example'. Muslims know this is true because Muhammad wrote it in the Koran.
Muhammad struggled (jihad) to create a monocultural society based on the model of the anthill. The queen ant rules; the soldier ants all think the same way, do their dance and attack the same external enemies. Alien animals (such as aphids) are either parasitized by ants or killed or expelled. Ants go out regularly to destroy other anthills.
In the ideology of Muhammad, this is the perfect model for Islamic society. There is even a chapter in the Koran called 'The Ants' and another called 'The Bee'. It is easy to see why Muhammad felt these animals ran ideal societies.
Muhammad didn't rule by popular vote. Muhammad's god told Muslims repeatedly to obey him. Whatever Muhammad decided, Gabriel always confirmed it shortly thereafter with a message from Allah himself. Thus Muhammad was never wrong. He ruled by divine decree. Allah constantly confirmed Muhammad's hero status in the Koran that was written by Muhammad! Muhammad further claimed he was the owner of the earth and that Allah Almighty had created the universe for the benefit of Muhammad alone! This is a universal political claim. Muhammad said so. Muhammad is a hero, so it must be true. A true hero would not call himself a hero.
Muslims are lost in hero-worship.
Hero-worship of Muhammad is defended by law in all Islamic countries. Only hero-worship of Muhammad is ever expressed in the public domain. Dissent about Muhammad's hero status is never heard in Islamic countries, because ordinary Muslims, like the ants in their hill, immediately and instinctively rush to neutralize aliens, sting and eliminate them. Think of the cartoon riots! Think of the Teddy Bear crisis. Think of the pursuit of critics and apostates from Islam, how they are murdered by their own families or hunted by ordinary Muslims acting as vigilantes. The greatest crime in the world is to express scepticism about the hero status of Muhammad.
If an alien animal enters the anthill, perfect harmony and unity is quickly restored. The alien is surrounded by ordinary ants and cut to pieces. In Islamic countries, there is no real pluralism or the chaotic differences of opinion found in full democracies. Alien animals (such as aphids) are only allowed into an anthill so they may be parasitized for the benefit of the ants. In Islamic countries, the anthill or the beehive is the model for the organization of society. In Islamic countries, kafirs may work for Muslims, but not lead or rule over them. That is Muhammad's method and thus it is the Islamic ideal.
Hero-worship of Muhammad is everywhere in the Islamic state. So, for decisions to be perfectly acceptable, leaders must constantly appeal to his heroic example. If Muhammad did it, it must be 'good'. Logic has nothing to do with it.
Muhammad never defended the human rights of kafirs. In Muhammad's Medina, jihad occurred on the average of every six weeks. Medieval Islamic jurisprudence demanded a minimum of attacks. Unprovoked jihad expeditions against kafirs should be made a minimum of once yearly . The human rights of kafirs are unimportant, since jihad against them must take place so frequently and the very purpose of jihad is to remove the human rights of kafirs. This cannot take place in a democracy.
Ordinary Muslims assume Islam is benign, so they never concern themselves with the human rights of kafirs. Besides, kafirs have misfortunes coming to them, because they did not submit to Islam. Either way, no empathy is ever wasted on kafirs. Supremacists never apologize.
Only the politics of Islam are of concern to the kafirs. The only that kafirs care about are the things that affect our rights and our pluralistic free societies. Muhammad's method invades and destroys kafirs and their culture, just as anthills expand to annihilate neighboring anthills. This is the traditional jihad method: Invade, colonize, and then annihilate.
Muhammad is a hero, the perfect man, and so 'good' Muslims use Muhammad's monocultural model. This is why Muslims always strive (jihad) to create a monoculture of hero-worshipping wherever they go.
Kenneth Roberts is interested in global affairs, military history and the music of Mozart. This article appeared in Political Islam blog.