David Cameron on the Misunderstanders of Islam
February 5, 2011 Leave a comment
But the biggest threat that we face comes from terrorist attacks, some of which are, sadly, carried out by our own citizens. It is important to stress that terrorism is not linked exclusively to any one religion or ethnic group…Nevertheless, we should acknowledge that this threat comes in Europe overwhelmingly from young men who follow a completely perverse, warped interpretation of Islam, and who are prepared to blow themselves up and kill their fellow citizens.
Again and again we are told about a wholly mythical Islam, the peaceful tenets of which have been misinterpreted by terrorists. If only the terrorists truly understood their religion (presumably as well as an apologist like Mr. Cameron understands it), all would be well. Unfortunately for the wishful thinkers who chronically invoke this fantasy, it has no basis in fact.
We have got to get to the root of the problem, and we need to be absolutely clear on where the origins of where these terrorist attacks lie. That is the existence of an ideology, Islamist extremism. We should be equally clear what we mean by this term, and we must distinguish it from Islam. Islam is a religion observed peacefully and devoutly by over a billion people.
That over a billion Muslims do not themselves engage in terrorism is not proof of the purported inherent peacefulness of Islam itself.
It is vital that we make this distinction between religion on the one hand, and political ideology on the other. Time and again, people equate the two. They think whether someone is an extremist is dependent on how much they observe their religion. So, they talk about moderate Muslims as if all devout Muslims must be extremist. This is profoundly wrong. Someone can be a devout Muslim and not be an extremist. We need to be clear: Islamist extremism and Islam are not the same thing.
Time and again, people equate the two because the religious aspects of Islam are inseparable from the political. A cursory reading of the Koran and ancillary Islamic literature would make clear to any honest reader that Islamic politics (especially sharia law) are inseparable from Islamic faith.
As for “moderate Muslims,” the term is too often abused by lying Islamists pushing stealth sharia, and by their useful idiot allies on the Left, to have any real meaning left. CAIR members, for instance, are not “moderate Muslims,” they are joined at the hip with the granddaddy of all Islamist terrorist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood. When “moderate Muslim” is used to refer to fine folks like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, instead of lying radicals like CAIR, I’ll view the term with less derision.
Instead of lecturing us on our purported ignorance of Islam, split-the-middle politicians like Mr. Cameron would do well to educate themselves instead.