It concerns me that Western Buddhists may turn and go in the direction of Islamophilia; who have not studied Islam, sufficiently, to at least understand that other than the word “religion” Buddhism and Islam have nothing in common—further I would argue that Islam is a false religion that fits with the expression a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Ask any Western Buddhist how many people were put to the sword by Muslims during Islam’s 1400 years as a religion? They simply do not know. It is 270 million people. Ask them how many verses in the Qur’an call on Muslims to war with non-Muslims? Again, they have no idea. The figure is around 109 verses. Does this sound like the Buddhism they practice?
Islam intimidates and threatens all non-Muslims. Islam’s history from Medina to Muhammad’s death is a history of horrific violence—not peace. The seemingly peaceful Meccan Muhammad with his 150 odd followers had not yet succumbed to the poison of violence. The Muhammad of Medina is another story and one all non-Muslims need to be aware of. But, apparently, this is not the case—and this is what worries me—especially in the EU and now in the U.S. As I see it, both are suffering from a new form of Stockholm syndrome.
Generally speaking, the Stockholm syndrome based on the Normalmstorg bank robbery, expresses both empathy and sympathy with one’s captors in the famous example of Patty Hearst when in 1974, at nineteen, she was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment by the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army). Suffering from this syndrome she bonded with her captors as a survival mechanism. Later on, the same phenomenon occurred with other kidnap victims such as Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard, Shawn Horbeck, and Colleen Stan. But the Stockholm syndrome doesn’t stop here with these kinds of incidents. A deep-seated fear can also provoke the syndrome on a regional or national scale in the example of the constant fear of Islamic terrorism. (Just recently a survey conducted by Hungarian think-tank, Szazadveg Foundation, found that 70 percent of Europeans believe Muslim migration poses a serious threat while 86 percent fear a likely terrorist threat in their country.)
Fearing some kind of retaliation, rather than offend Muslims, EU leaders and police are more and more turning a blind eye to the violence directed at the host culture by Muslims. One such example are rapes carried out by gangs of young Muslim males in Sweden which, incidentally, has now become the rape capital of the West. The EU thinks it is in its best interest to be nice to Muslim immigrants which if they had actually spent time studying Islam would be horrified at having opened the EU borders to Muslims.
An insidious example of this syndrome is even affecting freedom of speech. This happened when the Danish-born Brandeis professor Jytte Klausen was told by Yale University Press to remove the caricatures of Muhammad from her book if she wished to have her book published. And what was the specific reason?
"The decision rested on the specialists’ warning about “a substantial likelihood of violence,” the Yale University statement explained. One consultant, Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, a world affairs columnist, and CNN host, confirmed that Yale’s press “was confronted with a clear threat of violence and loss of life.” The university’s judgment effectively declared: “We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just accede to their anticipated demands,” said Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors. For her part, the author “reluctantly agreed to have the book published without the images” because she believed that no other university press would print them either. Incidentally, her work reveals “a misperception that Muslims spontaneously arose in anger over the cartoons, whereas they were mere symbols manipulated by those already involved in violence” (Anna Geifman, Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia, 163).
One should carefully note that Yale’s reasoning stems from fear. Yale succumbed to fear as a survival mechanism based largely on an imagined existential threat by Muslims. Their reaction shows both empathy and sympathy for Muslims. Yale is, essentially, being nice to their captors. But this thinking is wrong, misguided and dangerous. Buddhists should not think like the people at Yale. The only way for Muslims to adapt to Western culture is for them to eventually give up their religion—see it for what it truly is a religion of the sword. Personally, I think Western Buddhists are fools who assume things about Islam without first having solid evidence for their claims. Opinions just won't cut it. Just recently I was kicked off of a reddit Buddhist forum because reddit has a policy of kicking off anyone who called the Orlando terrorist a Muslim. The Orlando terrorist attack is no longer being discussed by the MSM (Main Stream Media). It is as if it never happened. I bet it's the Stockholm syndrome.