Why do Muslims react so childishly to criticisms and perceived insults to their religion?
Why don't Christians behave shamefully, rioting and killing people, when someone insults Jesus or the Christian religion?
Why do Muslims view every criticism of Islam as an attack upon them?
Why is every critical analysis of their religion, its tenets, and its source greeted with a barrage of defensive comments, insults, and physical attacks upon critics? Why do they use criticisms as rationalizations to justify acts of violence?
For non-Muslims, the thought processes of Muslims appear as alien as if the Muslims had just disembarked from a space craft. This situation can be frustrating to westerners who are accustomed to linear logic and open, critical thought.
At the heart of the problem lies the basic educational differences between the Muslim and non-Muslim.
From the beginning, Islamic education starts formulating a conceptualization, which logically connects automatic Islamic thoughts and beliefs.
The education system fails to see the larger picture and jumps from one core belief to another. It provides a cognitive map that is limited, hostile and untrue. The faulty cognitive map generally resonates with the students for life.
These rigid Islamic cognitive schemas have a profound impact on their thinking, feeling and behavior. Muslims have a common narrative history, cognitive schemas, social scripts, and kind of desire, attitude and cultural values.
The whole thought system lacks critical thinking, rational analysis and personal responsibility, and Muslims are just content to stay the same and blame everyone but themselves for their thinking errors.
For their failings and shortcomings, Muslims hide behind alibi and denial. Everything happens is "Allah's Will" and "non-believers will burn in Islamic hell fire".
Such automatic expressions influence their subsequent emotion, behavior and response. Since their automatic response is based on their pre-conceived Islamic thought, they often misconstrue neutral situations to fit their closed model thinking. Thus, Muslim's automatic thoughts are with full of thinking errors and biased.
Since Islam is a closed dogma and Muslims are forbidden to test its validity or utility, and required to maintain the equilibrium at any cost, Muslim's thinking errors are overwhelming.
Dysfunctional automatic thoughts coexist with various thinking errors in Islam. Typical Islamic thinking errors include:
* Polarized or all-or-nothing-thinking (e.g.: believers and non-believers, daru-ul-Islam, dar-ul-harb)
* Catastrophic Thinking (all infidels will go to hell)
* Discounting the positive, accentuate the negative (all kafirs are trying to get Muslims)
* Emotional reasoning (emotional justification for bombing, beheading, terrorism)
* Labeling (putting a global label on non-believers as kafirs)
* Minimization (blame the victim, denial, alibi)
* Mind Reading (Muslims know what non-Muslims are thinking)
* Mental Filter (Failure to see things holistically)
* Overgeneralization (making sweeping negative conclusions: Jews are pigs, Christians are rats)
* Personalization (Muslims believe Kafirs are behaving negatively because of Islam)
* Tunnel Vision (seeing things only in the Islamic way)
How can anyone get through to people like this to convince them that their conduct toward criticisms is deplorable? The present situation causes non-Muslims to doubt that modern Islam is living up to the claims of the Islamic religion being a religion of peace and divorces modern Islam from the teachings of the Quran about peace.
In the long term, will the Islamic religion be able to peacefully co-exist with secular democracies where personal freedoms, such as freedom of speech, are treasured values for both theists and atheists alike?