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Terrorists, period

How many times did you hear the terms "radical Islam" or "extremist Islam" during last week's terror attacks in and around Paris?

Let's consider those phrases for a moment.

More than a billion people around the world are Muslims. It is the world's second-largest religion. Terrorism goes against all of the tenets of Islam. Consider the five pillars of Islam, then ask yourself if those principles are markedly different than your own. Indeed, ask yourself if your life wouldn't be better if you practiced those principles in your own way. Mine would.

Even the meaning of the word "jihad" has become perverted. In Islam, its chief meaning is the struggle to do good. In that sense, all of us are jihadists.

In an insidious way, the repetition of the phrases "radical Islam" or "extremist Islam" libel an entire religion and dangerously contribute to the forming or strengthening of stereotypes. The people who commit acts of terror are not Islamists. Through their hatred, they have forfeited their rights to call themselves Muslims. They simply are terrorists. Period. Let's start recognizing them as such.


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Jan. 13th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
I can't even start to discuss it with people who label all Muslims that way. They are just parroting what Fox News told them, don't know a Koran from a carrot, and never met a Muslim, but they know this for sure.
Jan. 13th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
" ... don't know a Koran from a carrot ..." Great phrase.

But seriously, the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations consider themselves to be Christians. As an experiment, I just did a Google news search looking for the phrases "Ku Klux Klan" and "Christians" in the same story, because Klansmen—as well as members of the Aryan Nations—consider themselves Christians. Of course, I found no matches, athough I have to admit I only checked between a half-dozen and a dozen stories.

But then I came to a piece by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time magazine. Here's how it starts:

When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in a black family’s yard, Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts.

Here's a link to the piece:

Jan. 13th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting piece run in the St Pete Times over the weekend from the NY Times pointed out the fact that the Koran does not contain the words "blasphemy" or "blasphemer". Anywhere. So all the irate individuals engaging in "jihad" to punish the "blasphemy" for being so offensive to Mohammed...Seems they all need a lesson in true Islam.
Jan. 13th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Right on. The Muslim man in Paris who hid potential victims in the Jewish deli freezer (which he unplugged) was a true follower of Islam. The terrorists? Not so much. Not at all, in fact.
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