Obama tries to appear to strike an objective note, and fails.
We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.
Sorry, Barack, scholar that you are, they are not doing it “in the name of religion” or under the mantle of religious authority. They are doing it in the name of Islam, using that authority. Why is that so hard to say?
He cannot say the words Islamic terrorism. Days ago, he said: “whatever ideology they are operating off of, it’s bankrupt”. Whatever? It is an Islamic ideology, but refers to it as an ideology, while he denies its an Islamic ideology.
Then he offered that centuries or a millennium ago were the inquisition and the crusades. Not a mention of the Ottoman Empire, or Barbary pirates and our own original threats from Islam. Nope, but he can jump right back to the 1100’s or something.
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
High horse? Beyond traveling back to the inquisition, now he says these were done in “the name of Christ”. It miraculously changes when he refers to Christians committing offenses. He would not say “in the name of Islam” or, gasp, “in the name of Prophet Muhammad”. No. To compound the outrage, he does it under a banner of being fair, acting like a professor of objectivity.
You can be sure if the offenders were Christians killing, slaughtering and recruiting from around the globe under Christianity that Christians would be the loudest opposition to it. We don’t have that here, there are only a handful. We know words are “just words” anyway, especially with the vast potential for Taqiyya inherent in Islam and jihad.