How Burt Reynolds Movies Could Hold The Key To Defeating Radical Islam

Date published: Saturday 23rd of July 2016

Another weekend. Another terrible Muslim terrorist attack. More innocent people killed. This time in Germany.

Folks, we are at war. Many of you don't realise how serious this is. As a matter of fact, the situation is now so bad that we're now getting a major Islamic terrorist attack every week.

Lots of very intelligent people appear to be in denial about the problem that we're facing. Whenever there's an Islamic terrorist attack, people like Obama and Hillary Clinton go to great lengths never to mention the 'm' word or the 'i' word. It's as if they're scared to blame Islam in case they make the Muslims upset and all Hell breaks loose. Well, for those poor people who got caught up in the attacks in Germany yesterday - and indeed in France last week - all Hell already has broken loose. The strategy of tiptoeing around Islam, constantly worrying in case we offend someone IS NOT WORKING and PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERY WEEK! We need a change of strategy.

So, is there a way to stop Islamic terrorism without causing all out civil war?

Well, I think that the answer is yes. It will require bold changes to the law but also some lessons from a string of movies - made back in the 70s and 80s - starring an actor called Burt Reynolds.

Huh? What? Who?

Well, let me explain.

If you're over the age of about 40, you'll know that Burt Reyolds was once the hottest, most in demand and highest paid actor in Hollywood. He starred in a variety of high-grossing blockbusters like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and my personal favourite, Deliverance. Burt was huge. As a matter of fact, I can't really think of any actor who is working today, who is as big a star as Burt Reyolds was back in the 70s and 80s.

As soon as the 90s arrived, Burt Reynolds ran into massive personal and financial difficulties and he disappeared from the big screen. He just vanished. There has been a lot of speculation about what went wrong for Burt Reynolds. All we can say for sure is that he disappeared very quickly, and that's pretty much all there is to it.

One of the interesting things about the old Burt Reynolds movies is that many of them contained scenes that involved Reynolds' character drinking booze while he was behind the wheel. At the time, it was actually made out to be a cool thing. As a matter of fact, not only would the movies contain scenes of drink driving but the driving would always be fast and kind of reckless. He was a cool dude and driving around in a hot car, drinking beers, is exactly what cool people did, back in the 70s and early 80s.

Oh, how the times have changed.

Today, there has been a massive change in attitude towards drink driving. Most people today would find drink driving unacceptable. The idea of behaving the way that Reynolds' characters behaved would certainly not be considered cool by today's standards. It would be considered outrageous and it would be universally frowned upon.

Now, how did that happen? How was there such a radical change of mindset?

Well, the answer is marketing. The UK government, followed by several other Western governments, decided that too many people were being killed by drivers who were drunk at the wheel. So, a campaign was launched, the laws were stiffened up, and - as if by magic - attitudes started to change.

The same thing happened with AIDS.

The kind of behavour that exposed people to the dangers of AIDS (injecting drugs and having unprotected sex) is no longer considered cool. Attitudes have changed and - finally - we seem to be making progress in the fight against AIDS. As a matter of fact, this week Australian officials declared that AIDS is no longer a public health issue.

Combination drugs and other treatments have surely played a significant part in helping in the fight against AIDS. However, it's more than that. Attitudes have also changed and people have changed their behaviour. This has definitely had a positive effect and it's all thanks to public information messages like this...

I can remember when the above clip got put on the TV. It used to scare the hell out of me, and I was only about eight years old at the time! I can remember that it got everybody talking. It was big news.

Now, fast forward over 30 years and what do we have now? Changed attitudes! It's exactly the same dynamic as we had with the Burt Reynolds movies.

I have looked at the statistics and an alarming number of Muslims think that suicide bombing is acceptable, they see ISIS as a positive force for good and they basically buy into all sorts of hard-core Islamic craziness - hook, line and sinker. It saddens me to say it, but I think there's reason to believe that the majority of Muslims are clinging onto beliefs which do not belong in any modern, democratic society.

It's time to challenge Islam, head on. Only by openly challenging every extremist, unreasonable part of the Muslim belief system are we going to ever have a hope of changing attitudes and making the world safer. Sneaking around in the shadows and pretending everything is okay with Islam is only making things worse.

I think it's possible to change peoples' attitudes without firing a single bullet. Now, I'm not saying that it'll be easy and I'm not saying that we won't have to get tough. Nevertheless, if we learn the lessons from the very successful "don't drink and drive" campaigns and also the "don't die of ignorance" campaigns, then I think that change is possible.

I am not saying that we should put adverts on TV that say "Islam sucks". Sending a message like that out to the masses would be a disaster story. However, I think it would be reasonable to go back to basics and to post information about matters like equality, freedom, democracy, women's rights and gay rights. We could also promote, celebrate and (I wish I had a better word) market things like integration, peace, respect for those with other opinions, letting women wear what they want and community building. In other words, we could intelligently shine a glorious light on all of the things that radical Islam hates. If the voice of reason goes head to head with the voice of radical Islam, then the voice of reason will win every time.

The only reason why radical Islam is thriving today is because it's not being intellectually challenged. Every time there's a terrorist attack, people like Hillary Clinton appear on the scene, eager to tell us that there's no problem with Islam. Does anyone out there honestly believe what she's saying?

Now, I'm not saying that any of this will be easy. Of course, we'll need to be intelligent, we'll need to be sensitive and - quite frankly - we'll need to get the best marketing brains in the world behind this one. However, if we're smart about this then I am optimistic that we can create positive change, just like we did with drink driving and with AIDS. Those who support any form of radical Islam need to be challenged and changed. What I'm suggesting does both, and nobody gets hurt.


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