As many of you see and know, if you are online and you criticize any religion other than Islam on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and so on, you have basically nothing to fear. Online you can say whatever you want about any religion. There is total freedom of speech. People make fun of it, people laugh about it, people even throw around insults. People even insult whole religious groups. They insult Christians, Jews, Hindus or non-religious groups, for example, but if you attempt to criticize Islam, things change. If you attempt to criticize Islam online, Western progressives will attack you, they will align with Muslims and call you a “racist,” the media will condemn you and social media giants block you, delete your content and eventually kick you off their platforms. The same happened to me on Facebook at 10k followers, and multiple times on Instagram. There are countless examples that we could use here.
So you’re not only in danger because some lunatic might kill you for Allah, you’re also discriminated against by social media platforms. Of course there’s the undeniable fact that followers of other religions can mainly handle criticism, while every negative word about Islam drives Muslims crazy. I want to talk about why Muslims can’t take any criticism and can hardly ever have a civil conversation with you, if you disagree with their beliefs.
There’s much to say, but I don’t want to take too much of your time. If you grow up religious, you learn specific elements of your religion at an early age, but the indoctrination in Islam is very different from teachings in Christianity or Judaism. In Islam you learn at a very early age to be afraid and to be intolerant. In the 21st century, you learn to ask Allah for forgiveness if there is any kind of controversial talk, even if you hear little religious jokes, or if you have doubts. You learn not to spend too much time with Non-Muslims because they could weaken your faith or take it away altogether. You learn to silence people when they say things that are not right according to your religion. You are ordered never to listen to any criticism. You are never allowed to question anything in the religion. You’re not only discouraged—no—you are strictly ordered to stay away from thoughts like “who created Allah”. That’s not a coincidence, because a hadith says the same thing:
“It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah observed: The Satan comes to everyone. of you and says: Who created this and that? till he questions: Who created your Lord? When he comes to that, one should seek refuge in Allah and keep away (from such idle thoughts).“ Sahih Muslim 1:244 
So, Muhammad taught at very early times that any doubt, even such a question, comes from Satan who intends to take your faith away. Of course Muhammad could’ve given an answer to that question, but he was not really a master of thinking, and his fictional assistant Allah cared more about infidels and Muhammad’s sex life than about questions from Muslims.
Of course Mohammed’s little hadith here is not all that causes such fear of questioning. The Quran deals in the majority of its content with infidels, hellfire, fear and punishments. That’s one of the main differences between the Quran and the Bible, where you can read much more about morals, the lives of prophets, etc. Even if you open the first page of the Quran and start reading the first chapter that is repeated by Muslims during every prayer, the last two verses are: “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray. (1:6-7).” 
If you read further, the second chapter, which is the first actual chapter in the Quran, starts with the opening statement that there is no doubt about this book, and from the 6th verse it starts condemning those who choose to disbelieve in this infallible “word of Allah.”  So within the first 2 minutes of reading the Quran, you face hate, fear and threats. What else can that cause but fear, hate and anger? The Quran is the main element that is responsible for Muslims being so incredibly intolerant of any form of criticism, be it factual or not, be it offensive or not.
Let’s not forget that Islam is the only religion that explicitly threatens all apostates. The only religion where the prophet gives an eternal order in multiple sources, to kill all those who join and then leave.  Some say, to make it look better than it is, that only those who actually mobilize against the Muslims are to be killed, but the hadiths don’t say that. What we find in numerous hadiths is Mohammed’s order: “If somebody discards his religion, kill him!” 
Inspired by all of these horrible and nonsensical teachings, Muslims teach their children nowadays to eliminate any kind of humor that would in any way conflict with the totalitarian laws of Islam. It is important that such a rule is a fundamental rule in Islam and would be considered if Muslims became a majority in ANY country. You can hear Christians and Jews making mild jokes about everything possible. You see them having quite normal conversations with doubters, critics and people who left their religion. You can see them hosting and helping millions of people who attack their religions. You can’t see the same thing if you look at Muslims and the Islamic world, and you will probably never see that.
The Islamic world is by far the worst when it comes to free speech and freedom of religion. Of course that is so for a reason. As a former Muslim who spent 16 years in Germany and more than a decade in Turkey, I have never seen a people as intolerant as Muslims. Turkey—one of the most “moderate” Muslim countries—still has very clear laws that go against free speech. Turkish people are extremely intolerant and chauvinistic, and they are among the most “moderate.” It is even by far worse in other Muslim countries and regions in the Middle East, in North Africa, in South Asia or in Southeast Asia. The people are not “oppressed” by these laws, they approve of such a totalitarian way of dealing with “thought crimes,” and they are raised in such a mentality. Those who suffer are minorities, critics and apostates. The suffering that they go through in the Islamic world is incredible and unthinkable if you live in the West. The nonexistent “oppression” in the West, that progressives talk about, is a joke. Now imagine that these people move to Europe and North America in masses. They don’t care about your laws and your morals. They care about the “only truth” they’re taught, and they could do pretty much anything to enforce and uphold it.
To add my own experience, I was so indoctrinated with the thought that Islam is the only true religion and that all unbelievers are evil plotters, that I made the following experience as a child in kindergarten. I went to a Catholic kindergarten because it was the closest to the place we lived in Germany. One day the teachers gathered us, we went out of the kindergarten and walked towards the church which was adjacent to the kindergarten. Of course the indoctrination was so strong, that when I realized we were about to enter the church, I panicked and started to cry and rage, because the Christians were bringing me into this unholy, bad place where I would lose my faith. It took them a while to calm me down, until my father came to pick me up. He asked them not to take me to the church any more. The funny thing is that we were supposed to go into the basement of the church, only to exercise. Afterwards I found out that parents of two other Muslim kids asked the instructors not to take us into the church building. When I think about it now, it seems just rude of Muslims to sign up for a Catholic kindergarten in a predominantly Christian country and to give them special instructions for “us” Muslims. Back then I was relieved I didn’t have to go into that place where I could lose my faith and be condemned by Allah. I was 6.
All of these aspects and so many more are reasons why Muslims are so afraid of free speech and criticism. Don’t think they are just like you, they don’t make jokes about anything possible, they don’t tolerate such humor as displayed on American movies and shows. They don’t laugh about things that you laugh about, and if “accidentally” they think about pork, it is followed by an “astaghfirullah,” which translates to “I seek forgiveness from Allah.” Censorship in the media, in movies, TV shows and more is a norm, language policing is a requirement and wicked Islamic morality is enforced by law and society. It would be the same if Muslims became a majority in your country.
Does the sensitivity of Muslims mean we have to tone it down here in the West? No, of course not. I believe, as history has shown us, that exposing people to satire and criticism are two of the most effective ways to make them think and to make them change the way they look at things. There is not much to change in the West, but in the Islamic world, in many countries, there has not even been a beginning and there will be a lot to change if Islam gains more influence in the West. That’s why I’ll keep talking about Islam as long as I can. I will expose Islam for what it is, wherever I can, whenever I can. And as someone who knows what it is to live without free speech, I want to protect our Western right to free speech and tell everyone to do the same. You should do the same.
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