Liberals Say ISIS Is to Islam What the KKK Is to Christianity
Despite the hateful things the Westboro Baptist Church has done, it has never engaged in terrorist activities, much less the kind of mass slaughter of Christians, homosexuals, and other groups that ISIS has committed.
The KKK is a closer comparison, but the Bible does not call for racism, unless you consider one early passage about the figure Ham as able to contradict St. Paul's clear declaration in Galatians 3:28 that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." The Klan may identify itself as Christian, but its motivating ideology is racism, not theocracy or political Christianity.
Indeed, a Christian theocracy is almost a contradiction in terms, given Jesus' historically fascinating separation of religious beliefs and state power (Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17).
Interpretations of Islam and the Quran also differ, but even one of the Muslims on the panel agreed that it is a radical, politicized form of Islam which propels these groups, not an ideology entirely separate from the faith he holds dear. The suppression of the term "radical Islamic terror" actually hurts Muslims, he argued, by shutting down the debate about theocratic forms of his faith.
"Our American Islamic Forum for Democracy was founded by the premise that terrorism, ISIS, Al Qaeda, are symptoms of theocratic beliefs," declared M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. "We formed our organization to counter political Islam and separate mosque and state just as the Founding Fathers fought against theocracy."
Jasser added that "the refusal to identify political Islam as the root cause and the conveyor belt that creates radical Islam is the greatest obstacle to reforming the ideas that churn out these militants."
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