Why Speaking the Truth About Islamic Terrorism Matters
Obama's speech in response to the massacre was especially emetic. Who or what was to blame for the slaughter? The internet, for one thing:
[T]he killer took in extremist information and propaganda over the Internet. ... He appears to have been an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized.
Remember when Obama dismissed ISIS (or, as he likes to say, "ISIL") as a "jay-vee" threat? That was right before those jihadists really got to work beheading people, burning them alive, and fomenting murder and mayhem in the West. Part of Obama's speech was devoted to listing all the Islamic murderers his administration had killed or deprived of funds:
ISIL continues to lose ground in Iraq. ISIL continues to lose ground in Syria as well. ISIL's ranks are shrinking as well. Their morale is sinking.
Obama also reserved a few swats for guns:
We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents.
But what if a few patrons of the Pulse had been packing heat and had had the good sense to hone their skills as marksmen? The same thing that would have happened at Virginia Tech, or Newtown, or the Paris concert, or the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Some enterprising citizen might have taken the madman, or madmen, out, thus materially diminishing or even eliminating the body count.
But Obama's main concern focused on a linguistic matter, the phrase "radical Islam":
[T]he main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase "radical Islam." That's the key, they tell us. We can't beat ISIL unless we call them radical Islamists.
This is not true. No one has said that the word "Islam" or its cognates is the key to anything. What they -- and I -- have repeatedly said is that you can never deal with a problem unless you are willing to recognize it for what it really is. And part of that recognition involves calling things by their real names:
Since before I was president, I've been clear about how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism. As president, I have called on our Muslim friends and allies at home and around the world to work with us to reject this twisted interpretation of one of the world's great religions.
Two points: first, extremist groups have not so much perverted Islam as they have enforced some of its central teachings.
As Andrew McCarthy put it: "Killing Homosexuals Is Not ISIS Law, It Is Muslim Law."
Andy cites chapter and verse to show how the interdiction against homosexuality is rooted in Sharia, i.e., in Islamic law. I'll just quote one passage, from the "moderate" Ayatollah al-Sistani. When asked “What is [Islam's] judgment on sodomy and lesbianism?”, he replied:
Forbidden. Those involved in the act should be punished. In fact, sodomites should be killed in the worst manner possible.