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Liberals Say ISIS Is to Islam What the KKK Is to Christianity

In a Tuesday hearing on the use of terms like "Islam," "Muslim," and "jihad" in discussions on national security, Senate Democrats and expert witnesses argued that using the term "radical Islam" to describe groups like the Islamic State (ISIS) is just as insulting and factually incorrect as using the term "radical Christianity" to describe the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Yes, they did it with straight faces.

"Radical Islam is no more accurate or appropriate a descriptor of the source of terrorist violence committed by Muslims than radical Christianity would be to describe the Ku Klux Klan, Army of God, or others," Michael German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, testified at the "Willful Blindness" Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing organized by Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

This argument was repeated by Farhana Khera, president and executive director of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and of its sister group, Muslim Advocates. She attacked the description of ISIS or Al Qaeda "as a problem of jihad or a problem of radical Islamic terrorism" as "grossly inaccurate."

Khera added that "it's no different than the KKK or those who attack abortion clinics. We wouldn't say there is a problem with radical Christianity or radical Christian terrorism. We call the threat what it is. It's the KKK, those who are attacking women's health clinics."

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin pointed out that the Klan's symbol is "a flaming cross," and added that "they believe somehow they were espousing the teachings of Jesus Christ." He then went on to discuss the Westboro Baptist Church, which "sends demonstrators to the funerals of our fallen soldiers and puts up these hateful signs that say this soldier died because of sodomy, because of gay marriage."

"Their homophobia, they believe, is part of their Christian belief," Durbin added. "I think the point that has been made over and over by three members of this panel is it is a mistake for us to then call the Ku Klux Klan radical Christians or Westboro Baptists radical Christians. They are extreme, violent, unacceptable. It reflects on all of us who count ourselves as Christians if you use a term so broad in its application."

Next Page: Why the KKK-ISIS comparison doesn't work.