As my last blog post discussed the topic of free humor and how easily everyone can get offended nowadays, this one will be addressing the hot topic of extremism, from all ends of the spectrum, not just the most easily apparent form of extremism that one may think of when they hear the word, and by this I mean Islamic extremism, which is a very controversial subject currently.
As I was going about my life one day, I was unfortunately introduced to this cesspool of a website, Barenakedislam – BNI for short – by a friend. It’s essentially an anti-Muslim blog site used as a congregation spot for like minded Islamophobes who share their bigoted, racist, and ignorant views on… well, minorities, in general. Being subjected to this site only further solidified my philosophy which states that extremism is extremism, and there are no two ways about it. No matter what a certain form of radicalism is promoting, they’re all the same in that they support ignorance, division, and hate amongst us all. Radical feminism is not feminism. Radical liberalism is not liberalism. Radical Islam is not Islam. Radical conservatism is not conservatism. And so on. Extremist ideologies are nothing but perverted iterations of their parent ideology.
If you were to take a look at the ‘About’ tab on Barenakedislam.com, which I strongly advise against for you may lose brain cells or contract some undiscovered contagious mental disease , you can see their opening paragraph which states, “Most people are simply unaware that Islam is NOT just another religion but a totalitarian political cult-like ideology, which compels its followers into blind obedience, teaches intolerance, brutality and locks all Muslims and non-Muslims in a struggle deriving directly from the 7th century nomadic, predatory, Bedouin culture,” which is just hard to read, honestly. I’m not sure if one could find a more ignorant, obnoxious response to a culture and its philosophies. This site is exhibiting clearly extreme conservative views, which are barely conservative once stripped of their radical nature. The difference between extreme conservatism and normal conservatism is that standard conservatism is more of a political methodology that revolves around self-governing and capitalism and things of this nature, but the extremists have managed to misconstrue this into an ideology centered around bigotry, pride, and elitism, and then they use these tenets as a justification for violence and hate speech. This is one of the many flaws with extremism and how it only exists as a warped interpretation of actual philosophies.
Another prime example of classic extremism is this video right here, which has recently taken the internet by storm. Like the last link, I’d advise against actually viewing it for the same reasons (with that being said, this one is more humorous and less aneurysm-inducingly, mind- numbingly ignorant). This woman, who may very well have been drunk, berates her Lyft driver for sporting a Hula Girl bobble-head on his dashboard, claiming that he’s defiling the Hawaiian culture and disrespecting women as a whole, especially because he’s a “cis [straight] white male”, which is treated as some sort of original sin in the world of radical feminists. This video, being the piece of radical feminism that it was, again shows the flaws with extremism of any mindset, even though the repercussions of her actions are far less violent than those of BNI’s.
You aren’t a truther or skeptic if you believe that jet fuel can’t melt steel beams, without understanding how the weakening and bending of metal under duress works, and you aren’t a feminist if all you do is get mad at white males for existing, and you aren’t an activist if all you do is promote hate and violence. Everything exists within moderation within itself, and something to an extreme really isn’t that something at all, it’s just extreme.