The late author Maya Angelou once said, "when someone shows you who they are believe them, the first time. "
Islamists have shown the world time and again who they are and what they stand for yet the world refuses to believe them. And even when moderate Muslims -- people who were born and raised in Islamic societies -- try to educate the West about what Islam truly stands for, the West still refuses to believe them, too.
Such is the case with the preeminent Arabic-language poet, Adunis Asbar. The poet, better known as "Adonis," is now being vehemently criticized for stating that Islam cannot be modernized. He reasons that unless there becomes a "separation of church and state" within Islamic society, basic human rights and democracy will never come to fruition. He also astutely noted that Islam "does not contribute to intellectual life" nor does it produce art, science and world-changing vision.
Below is an excerpt from a February 19 article by Chris Tomlinson that talks about Adonis' remarks. The piece was shared on the blog, TundraTabloids, which tracks the Islamization of Scandinavia and greater Europe:
Adunis Asbar, known by his pen name Adonis, is a Syrian-born writer often considered one of the greatest living poets of the Arabic language. He has come under criticism for comments he made recently about Islam before receiving the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, named after the famous pacifist and author of the classic World War One novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’.
In an interview with Die Welt he talked about one of the most pressing issues in Germany since the migrant crisis began, the idea of being able to integrate migrants from predominately Muslim countries into European societies.
Being raised a Muslim himself and having one of the greatest understandings of the language of the Quran, Adonis said: “You can not reform a religion. If they are reformed, [the original meaning] is separated from it. Therefore, modern Muslims and a modern Islam is already impossible. If there is no separation between religion and state, there will be no democracy especially without equality for women. Then we will keep a theocratic system. So it will end.”
Laying down a heavy critique of the Islamic world, he added: “Arabs have no more creative force. Islam does not contribute to intellectual life, it suggests no discussion. It is no longer thought. It produces no thinking, no art, no science, no vision that could change the world. This repetition is the sign of its end. The Arabs will continue to exist, but they will not make the world better.”
Adonis adds that Islam is based on "a totalitarian system" where "religion dictates everything: How to run, how to go to the toilet, who one has to love."
Of course the poet is correct, but the West doesn't want to admit that because it refuses to believe and instead lives by the motto: "Who are we to judge?"