All the liberal media celebrating the Arab Spring last year because it was bringing democracy to the Arab World were, as in most things left of, say, Ronald Reagan, utterly wrong. Democracy is NOT going to come to that part of the world, and it should never have come to THIS part of the world. Remember, God ordained the KINGDOM of Heaven, not the Republic. Right is right, and there’s no voting about it. As Gary North writes, stealing is wrong, even when done by majority vote.
But the bigger reason to worry about democracy is what it will bring to power in the region. Iraq was 15% Christian under Saddam Hussein (and significantly higher in the past), but once the controlling government was removed, it was open season on Christians, a community that went back to the time of Christ. The same is likely to happen in Egypt, where the Coptic Christians still speak the ancient Egyptian language, and still made up about 10% of the population. The group taking over is the Muslim Brotherhood; this is the same organization that killed Anwar Sadat, and it has an interesting history.
The chief theologian for the group was a man named Sayyid Qutb. Qutb has a fascinating past for a man who became a founder of a movement that opposes secular governments in every Muslim country, and seeks to impose nothing but Islamic law over the whole world (in other words, he’s our kind of megalomaniac, of a sort.) As recounted in one of the few doctoral theses that have risen to national prominence (I first read about it in the NY Times), Qutb was
born in 1906 in the province of Asyut, which is located in southern Egypt. … From his years as a young child until the age of 27, he experienced a rigorous education. Qutb’s evident desire for knowledge continued throughout his life. He began his elementary education in a religious school located in his hometown village. By the age of 10, he had already committed the entire text of the Qur’an to memory.
In other words, he could quote the Prophet Mohammed as well as our own Will S. can Solomon (except that Muslims revere Solomon and can quote him pretty well, too.). The story continues:
After his graduation from Dar al-Ulum in 1933, Qutb began his teaching career and eventually became involved in Egypt’s Ministry of Education. The Ministry sent him abroad to the United States to research Western methods of teaching. He spent a total of two years in the United States from 1948 to 1950.
In other words, Qutb was in the US right about the time that the Silent Generation was getting sent off to fight (and draw) the Korean War. What did he see, and did it have any effect upon him? Well,
many scholars believe that it was during his trip to the United States that Qutb became convinced of the West’s spiritual and moral bankruptcy. In “The America I Have Seen,” a personal account of his experiences in United States, Qutb expresses his admiration for the great economic and scientific achievements of America, yet he is deeply dismayed that such prosperity could exist in a society that remained “abysmally primitive in the world of the senses, feelings, and behavior.”
.But, really, Sayyid, don’t spare our feelings. Tell us what you mean!
Qutb’s fundamental criticism of all systems of life which he views as non-Islamic is that they are “jahiliyyah.” jahiliyyah is ignorance of divine guidance. jahiliyyah encapsulates Qutb’s entire critique of the West, the Soviet Union, Nasser’s government, and any government which does not follow God’s divine guidance.
Really, is there much in that that a Patriactionary could argue with, if we substitute a more suitable religion for Islam? As Papist Peter Kreeft writes, “Do you know what Muslims call us? They call us ‘The Great Satan.’ And do you know what I call them? I call them right.”
What caused Qutb to flip out, though? What was it that drove him over the edge? Only one thing _I_ know can drive a man to drink, or suicide, or to seek martyrdom for his cause in an Egyptian prison: the American feminist-female. As an extended quote reveals:
Qutb harshly criticizes the Western family. Although the rotting of Western morality did not begin with the family, Qutb believes the family has been infected with the disease of jahiliyyah. Because “the family system and the relationship between the sexes determine the whole character of society,” Qutb views the jahiliyyah of the Western family as indicative of the sickness of the larger society. According to Qutb, the purpose of the family is to raise children in an environment that will pass Islamic moral values to the next generation. However, the West has degraded the role of the family. The root cause of this degradation is in the way that women are treated in the West. Qutb claims that Western relationships revolve around lust, passion, and impulse. Women have disregarded their duty to rear children and have become objects of sexual pleasure. In the essay “The America I Have Seen,” Qutb describes the way women act in the United States:
“The American girl is well acquainted with her body’s seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs and she knows all this and does not hide it…[EA: Sounds like someone had some unrequited love in Colorado!] Then she adds to all this the fetching laugh, the naked looks, and the bold moves, and she does not ignore this for one moment or forget it!” 48
In this description it is clear that Qutb is disgusted that the female not only leaves her body uncovered, but that she also actively uses it as a weapon. By using their bodies in this manner, women are prone to be treated by men as sexual objects rather than dignified child-bearers. While Qutb has harsh words against the American woman’s seductiveness, he also criticizes the way that American men use their muscular build to woo women. He cites an article in a magazine which surveyed different women, coming to the conclusion that the majority were attracted to men with “ox muscles.” [EA: Interestingly, an Ox is a castrated bull. A prediction of all the infertile sex offered by PUAs to carousel-riders?] Such public discussion of sensuality is an example of what Qutb argues is the “sexual primitiveness” of the West.49
Because both sexes view their relationship in such an overwhelmingly sexual manner, Qutb finds that the Western family is in disarray. The gender roles have become muddled and women no longer fulfill their obligation to be dedicated mothers on both the physical and spiritual levels. Instead, he argues, women have dedicated themselves to work. They view dedicated motherhood as squandering their talents and abilities. Qutb points to this concept as a manifestation of the backward materialist values of Western society, where “material production is regarded as more important, more valuable and more honorable than the development of human character.”50 When all these factors are meshed together, Qutb believes that it is no surprise that the high rates of divorce and illegitimate children are considered mainstream and acceptable in the West. …
Also, when writing Milestones, Qutb identified the gaining acceptance of homosexuality as another example of the animalistic sexual permissiveness that typifies Western society. Due to this permissiveness, Qutb asserts that the Western family has become impotent as a positive moral force. …
In today’s Western world, Qutb would likely point to postmodernism and cultural relativism as signs that Western society will collapse from within. However, Qutb saw signs of such developments in the writings of Westerners during his lifetime. In Islam: The Religion of the Future, he calls them “voices of alarm…warning mankind of its catastrophic end under the white man’s faithless civilization.”
(all bolding by ElectricAngel, to highlight manosphere concepts from a man writing over 40 years ago; he was executed in 1966.)
I would urge anyone with an interest in Christian/Jewish interaction, or Catholic/Protestant discourse, to read this essay and get what this Muslim outsider’s perspective is. I look forward to the day when I can read Qutb directly. For now, for all you who are opposed to Islam, know this: if this man is their guiding theologian, they’re more right than the West, and a LOT bigger challenge than you think. Qutb’s critique is on target with what we believe: either we take back the West in reactionary, monarchical Patriarchalism, or these guys will supply a simulacrum of it.