A contrived, fake controversy erupted last week when media war mongers attacked President Obama for not using the term “Islamic Extremism” when speaking about ISIS. These words and the air time devoted to them cause lives. President Obama held a forum on extremism last week and refused to label ISIS terrorists as “Islamic Extremists.” For this he was vilified by Fox News. The discussion also spilled over to the Fox Light Network CNN.
The President refuses to fall into the right wing media’s trap of making this war one of Christian versus Muslim. Ever since President George W. Bush’s giant mistake of calling the Iraq War a crusade much of the world has taken that to mean that these have been religious wars. There have been countless religious wars over centuries and this should not be one of them. This is a war against terrorists using ancient forms of torture and terror. Let’s remember that their use of torture, however barbaric, is being justified by them because of our use of torture against Muslims. We opened this can of worms.
ISIS is no more Islamic and representative of that faith than the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church are of Christianity. Nothing they stand or fight for is justified in the Quoran. This is not the Muslim faith practiced and observed by a billion people across the globe. Demonizing all Muslims for the actions of a few fundamentalist extremists is no different than if we condemned all Christians for the KKK.
Stereotyping people is evil and immoral.
Networks beaming footage of pundits calling for religious war is irresponsible war mongering. People die from such actions. The President is doing the responsible thing by recognizing ISIS as terrorists and not simply Muslims. The term “Islamic Extremism” connotes that we, as a Christian nation (which we are not) are at war with Islam.
The result of such madness is that average Americans are targeted simply because of their faith. Muslim Americans should not be afraid for their safety because reckless “journalists” choose to put them at at risk. The fact a once respected network like CNN chose to jump on this topic last week on Carol Costello’s program was disheartening. This is basic war mongering and an attempt to foment hatred not just at ISIS but towards all Muslims.