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Calling Islam “Islam”
Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 23, 2013 | Bosch Fawstin

Posted on 04/23/2013 5:05:37 AM PDT by SJackson

I wrote this a few years ago, and I think it’s worth posting again, particularly after the latest jihadist attack in Boston. I noticed, after the attack this week, that a number of people are using more proper terminology to identify this enemy, which is very important in taking on the enemy. I recall watching panel discussions after 9/11, with each panelist using a different term to describe the enemy we face. That annoyed the hell out of me as I think it’s incredibly important to identify the proper terms when speaking about our enemy, and to NEVER create terms, for whatever reason. To me, the only difference between “Islamism” and Islam is three letters. Below I try my best to make the case why we should always call Islam “Islam.”

Western intellectuals and commentators refer to the enemy’s ideology as:

“Islamic Fundamentalism,” “Islamic Extremism,” “Totalitarian Islam,” “Islamofascism,” “Political Islam,” “Militant Islam,” “Bin Ladenism,” “Islamonazism,” “Radical Islam,” “Islamism,” etc….

The enemy calls it “Islam.”

Imagine, if during past wars, we used terms such as “Radical Nazism,” “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism.” The implication would be that there are good versions of those ideologies, which would then lead some to seek out “moderate” Nazis. Those who use terms other than “Islam” create the impression that it’s some variant of Islam that’s behind the enemy that we’re facing. A term such as “Militant Islam” is redundant, but our politicians continue praising Islam as if it were their own religion. Bush told us “Islam is peace” — after 2,996 Americans were murdered in its name. He maintained that illusion throughout his two terms, and never allowed our soldiers to defeat the enemy. And now we have Obama, who tells us, from Egypt:

“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

If only he felt that way about America. Washington’s defense of Islam has trumped the defense of America and this dereliction of duty could well be called Islamgate.

Islam is a political religion; the idea of a separation of Mosque and State is unheard of in the Muslim world. Islam has a doctrine of warfare, Jihad, which is fought in order to establish Islamic (“Sharia”) Law, which is, by nature, totalitarian. Sharia Law calls for, among other things: the dehumanization of women; the flogging/stoning/killing of adulterers; and the killing of homosexuals, apostates and critics of Islam. All of this is part of orthodox Islam, not some “extremist” form of it. If jihadists were actually “perverting a great religion,” Muslims would have been able to discredit them on Islamic grounds and they would have done so by now. The reason they can’t is because jihadists are acting according to the words of Allah, the Muslim God. From the Koran:

“Slay the idolators wherever you find them…” Chapter 9, verse 5

“When you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads until you have made a great slaughter among them….” Ch. 47:4

Beyond the doctrine, there is the historical figure of Mohammad, who, more than anyone, defines Islam. How would you judge a man who lies, cheats, steals, rapes and murders as a way of life? This evil man is Islam’s ideal man, Mohammad. Whatever he said and did is deemed moral by virtue of the fact that he said it and did it. It’s no accident that the only morality that could sanction his behavior was his own. Nor is it an accident that Muslims who model themselves after him are the most violent.

For the 13 years that Mohammad failed to spread Islam by non-violent means, he was not so much peaceful as he was powerless. It was only through criminal activity and with the help of a large gang of followers that he managed to gain power. But he wanted his moral pretense too, so he changed Islam to reflect the fact that the only way it could survive was through force. And so, acting on Allah’s conveniently timed “revelation” that Islam can and should be spread by the sword, Mohammad led an army of Muslims across Arabia in the first jihad. From then on, violence became Islam’s way in the world. And today, acting on Mohammad’s words, “War is deceit” — in the sense that Muslims use earlier “peaceful” verses from the Koran as a weapon against the ignorance and good will of their victims. Those “peaceful” passages in the Koran were abrogated by later passages calling for eternal war against those who do not submit to Islam. How Mohammad spread Islam influenced the content of its doctrine and therefore tells us exactly what Islam means.

Note also that the only reason we’re talking about Islam is because we’ve been forced to by its jihad. And where are Islam’s “conscientious objectors”? Nowhere to be found, for even lax Muslims have been silent against jihad. But that doesn’t stop desperate Westerners from pointing to them as representives of “Moderate Islam.”

Far from being a personal faith, Islam is a collectivist ideology that rejects a live-and-let-live attitude towards non-Muslims. And while the jihadists may not represent all Muslims, they do represent Islam. In the end, most Muslims have proven themselves to be mere sheep to their jihadist wolves, irrelevant as allies in this war. Recovering Muslims call the enemy’s ideology “Islam,” and they dismiss the idea of “Moderate Islam” as they would the idea of “Moderate Evil.” When, based on his actions, Mohammad would be described today as a “Muslim Extremist,” then non-violent Muslims should condemn their prophet and their religion, not those who point it out.

Islam is the enemy’s ideology and evading that fact only helps its agents get away with more murder than they would otherwise. Western politicians have sold us out, so it’s up to the rest of us to defend our way of life by understanding Islam and telling the truth about it in whatever way we can. If we can’t even call Islam by its name, how the hell are we going to defend ourselves against its true believers? One could argue that we’d be better off if the West would just choose one of the many terms currently used for the enemy’s ideology. For my part, I call the enemy what they are, “Jihadists,” and our response, “The War on Jihad.” But behind it all, it’s Islam that makes the enemy tick.

Despite my frustrations with the refusal of many to call Islam “Islam,” I know that those who speak out against Jihad put themselves in danger, and I respect their courage. But it’s important that we acknowledge Islam’s place in the threat we face and say so without equivocation. Not saying “Islam” helps Islam and hurts us. So let’s begin calling the enemy’s ideology by its name. Let’s start calling Islam “Islam.”

TOPICS: Editorial; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: jihadinamerica

1 posted on 04/23/2013 5:05:37 AM PDT by SJackson
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2 posted on 04/23/2013 5:10:45 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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Excellent Post. Food for thought.

3 posted on 04/23/2013 5:11:06 AM PDT by Tugo (Never Submit!)
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4 posted on 04/23/2013 5:12:19 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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5 posted on 04/23/2013 5:13:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SJackson
Imagine, if during past wars, we used terms such as “Radical Nazism,” “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism.” The implication would be that there are good versions

Actually, when we were at war with Germany, we did customarily refer to the enemy as Nazis when the enemy was the German people in Germany who enabled the Nazis and fought Hitler's war of conquest.

We did it so as not to offend the many people on our side, of German descent, and to focus on the evil party that had taken over Germany. We didn't want to offend any good Germans anywhere.

That was before the phrase "good German" took on its current meaning.

Good muslims would be no different.

I'm starting to wonder about good Americans too, specifically those who support the American government that now supports abortion, welfare moochers, foreign invaders, terror organizations abroad, obamacare...need I go on?

6 posted on 04/23/2013 5:20:13 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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We are fighting an asymmetric war. An ideology has openly declared war on the USA, wants to overthrow the government, and see as many Americans dead as possible. Once all the white-devil-infidels are dead and gone, peace will be attained, in their view.

So what do we do when an ideology, not a nation/state, declares war on us? Lay back and take it like a compliant rape victim? Not me!

Perhaps some masterminds like Lindsey "I Know Everything About Terror Law" Graham comes up with a blend of the RICO Laws and the War Powers Act so that we can truly mobilize to bring down those who have declared was on us.

The effort will be worthwhile.

7 posted on 04/23/2013 5:20:21 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: JoeProBono

I hope you're in hiding!

8 posted on 04/23/2013 5:22:19 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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9 posted on 04/23/2013 5:27:41 AM PDT by tomkat
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At some point during the Cold War, I seem to recall the term: Militant Communism or something quite similar being used.

Now,this may have been during my liberal phase or something that hit me as strange as I was waking up and it may have been an experimental term being tried out by our domestic communists, but it is only a vague memory at this point.

Anyone else recall this?

10 posted on 04/23/2013 5:32:34 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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“When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.”

Did he say this before or after the be-headings?

11 posted on 04/23/2013 5:38:55 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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12 posted on 04/23/2013 5:43:17 AM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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13 posted on 04/23/2013 5:43:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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I have actually seen that guy's videos on Youtube. Some of them are quite good, and pertinent.

Anyway. I'll take my out-of-the-blue self-serving comment and slink away now.

14 posted on 04/23/2013 5:47:36 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: SJackson

To quote a line from “Risky Business”.....

“If you can’t say it, you can’t do it”

15 posted on 04/23/2013 5:52:31 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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16 posted on 04/23/2013 5:52:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SJackson

Is this approved in the AP stylebook?

17 posted on 04/23/2013 5:55:07 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: SJackson

This is like “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” in the Harry Potter Books. If you say the name, you take away the power. So call it Islam. It’s what it IS!

Thanks for the article.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 5:58:41 AM PDT by Monkey Face ( The good outnumber the evil ones, and we always will.)
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To: SJackson
And today, acting on Mohammad’s words, “War is deceit”

Thanks to the low information voters in the past two national elections, we have the king of deceit in the white hut now.

19 posted on 04/23/2013 6:18:14 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (President Bush took the war on terror to them, and 0 bummer brought it to our soil.)
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I call them pig sh_t.

20 posted on 04/23/2013 6:33:16 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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I call them pig sh_t.


That works for me.

This is difficult. I know some nice people who are Moslems. One of them who recently returned from Iraq to visit a shrine of a grandson of Mohammad.

To me the religion is what Resolute Conservative said above. Certainly it has nothing to do with God. It is evil.

If I were made king for a day I could take care of the problem. Turn Mecca into a sea of glass and there could be no Islam. I assure you if I were president I would find a way to do just that.

It is possible that Islam is the evil that The Lord told us to watch for during the last days. I think there will come a time when our society will fall apart. Maybe there will still be some government but murder and mahem will be rampant. When that happens there will be a lot of Moslems whose lives won't be worth a nickle. There will be a term used by the MSM that will come true in those days, “Militant Christian”.

If I am alive in those days I sure hope I am considered one of the Militant Christians.

21 posted on 04/23/2013 7:22:20 AM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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Mohammedism is a cult of hate, modeled on a camel-humping pedophile.

22 posted on 04/23/2013 11:23:48 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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