I reported a few weeks ago that there was a movement within the liberal camp to defend Islam. There are politicians who wish to remove blame from Islam for terrorist attacks. There I pointed out that though a full one-third of the worlds Muslim population was Islamists, there is an attempt being made to separate the hateful religion and these acts. Well, in the face of the Paris Islamic terror attack, they are at it again.
This time it was Howard Dean on MSNBC coming to the Islamists aid. He said that he had stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. Dean wants us to take this title from them as if this somehow takes credibility from them. He says in full:
You know, this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.
The problem with this line of thinking is that these people are doing this because of what they see the Koran saying. They are not committing these acts because they want the notoriety. They are not committing these acts of violence because their mommies did not love them. They commit these acts because they think that is what Allah has commanded them to do for him.
It matters little what Mr. Dean thinks. If we are not serious about dealing these people as they claim to be, then we have no chance to stop them from committing acts such as the one in Paris. Dean and those like him, cripple our effort to protect ourselves by pretending that this is not a religious issue.
So, does Dean have a solution to this? He continued:
. . . and I think you have to treat these people as basically mass murderers. But I do not think we should accord them any particular religious respect, because I don’t think, whatever they’re claiming their motivation is, is clearly a twisted, cultish mind.
Dean would have us to treat these people as mass murderers. I concede that this is what they are, but that is not all they are. How then do we prevent such events? It seems that we do nothing toward preventing the murder of eleven people. We just sit back and pretend that these people are not worshipping in the Mosque down the street.
Dean’s attitude toward Islam is a foolish one. It only leads to further killings of the magnitude of the one in France. It completely ignores the fact that these people are doing this because of their religion. It also ignores what the Karan itself says:
Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…
but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.
According to religionofpeace.com, where this quote is found this is just one of 109 examples of the Koran calling Muslims to wage war on infidels. Though we should clearly understand that not all Muslims take this to mean aggressive war, we can no longer pretend that Islam is not at the root of Islamic terror.