I’ve been hearing a not if noise of late from America’s lunatic fringe, aka the Republican Party that we should be burning the Koran, forbidding the construction of mosques, expelling Muslims from the armed services, etc., because the conflict against ISIS is a conflict against Islam, So let us ask, “Is ISIS Islamic?” The following author says no.
Conservatives reacted harshly to President Obama’s claim on Wednesday night that the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) “is not Islamic,” accusing the commander-in-chief of naiveté and ignorance. “What kindergartner briefs the President on terrorism?” Ron Christie, a GOP strategist tweeted. “ISIS says it’s Islamic, lots of people say it’s Islamic, only the president won’t,” George Will told Fox News shortly after the speech.
But the full context of Obama’s remark points to an important distinction between Islam and the extremist ideology that’s sweeping parts of Iraq and Syria. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim,” Obama said. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”
Indeed, even from the viewpoint of a casual observer, ISIS is an abomination to Islam. Explosions tend to capture the media’s attention more than peaceful coexistence, and a minuscule minority of extremist groups claiming to be Islamic have exploited this fact as a way to reinvent Islam as a “violent” religion. But just because you shout God’s name while committing murder doesn’t make your actions righteous. Islam, as millions of Muslims can attest, is a peaceful religion that calls on its followers to choose community over conflict, or, as it says in Surah al-Hujurat of the Qur’an (49:13): “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise [each other]).”
But ISIS clearly has little regard for this or other fundamental tenets of Islam… [emphasis added]
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I fully agree. ISIS has nothing in common with authentic Islam. Their behavior is the opposite of Islam’s most basic tenants. If short, they are pseudo-Muslims. Then, to whom can we righty compare them?
Pseudo-Muslims are Dominionist. They believe that a theocracy should rule over the smallest details of people’s personal lives. In that way, they are just like Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians. Pseudo-Muslims have formed violent militias. In that way they are just like Republican Supply-side pseudo Christians. Note that the Bundy militia shares the above graphic with ISIS. It’s hard to tell them apart. Pseudo-Muslims execute people they consider unclean. In that way they are just like Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, who have called for the death penalty for gays, and US Republican Senators and Congressmen actually helped Ugandan pseudo-Christians draft a law to execute gays. Thank God it failed!
A pattern is emerging here. Religion is not the problem. Authentic Muslims and authentic Christians get along just fine. The problems come, when extremists with a political agenda hijack a religion to impose authority over others, usually through violently enforced piety codes.
Be warned. There is one major difference between pseudo-Muslims and pseudo-Christians. The latter are here and have the support of the Republican Party.