Since the “Islamic” State first hit most radar screens as a major threat, let’s say around June of 2014, many Republicans have demanded that any IS threats or terrorist acts must be condemned, with the inclusion of some tie-in to Islam. Many of the same politicians have also been stirring-up their “Right”-Wing Base even longer by also waging a campaign against Sharia (Islamic) Law—even introducing laws at the local level—to “protect America”.
But, such Why Worry about Facts politicians have not, as yet, pointed out where Sharia Law exists in the U. S, or has even been proposed into law. Once again, they are rabble-rousing against threats that are omni-absent. Instead of accomplishing their supposed purpose, however, they are really spewing hate for their own political gain. But, America loses!
This is all so much Code for “We’re Christians, and ‘they’ are not like us”. The overwhelming number of Muslims in the world—by a wide, wide margin—are hard-working, law-abiding people who merely wish to live in peace, and establish a decent life for their families. They are no different than most: Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Bahai’s; Agnostics, Atheists, and a host of other religions, that perhaps are lesser-known, but of no lesser importance or spirituality than any other. And that also includes most Christians, as well!
But, more specifically, what are the “Rightists” in America doing when they suggest that Islam (itself) is synonymous with: terrorism; being anti-Christian; warmongering and evil? They immediately raise the U. S. to be National Enemy #1 for IS. The fact that it has not, as yet, struck on our soil to the extent that it has done TWICE in Paris, doesn’t cause it to lower its sights. Also, this merely creates an adversarial image toward all Americans, among Jihadists group cells (IS or not) around the world and, perhaps by affiliation, even some of our Allies.
Since the Terrorist Attacks on 9/11, fourteen years ago, there have been a multitude of American White Supremacists attacks on peaceful Muslims, their mosques and community centers, and their homes, right here in the U. S. A. Such White Supremacists actions, however, have been going on in America for decades: numerous lynchings of blacks in the South; the Oklahoma City Bombing; deadly gay-bashing over the past several decades; the recent murder of nine church-goers in Charleston, SC, and many, many more. Would as many recent murders and terrorist attacks—and not just toward Muslims—have happened had there not been such an environment of hate speech spewing from the GOP?
And what about the many Jihadists that such inflammatory commentaries, both here and throughout the developed world, have indirectly sent to Syria to join the “Happening”. Many of the young people from Europe, Canada, Australia, America, India and other countries, were not necessarily fervent Muslims—and some were not even Muslims, at all. They were young people, enjoying “the good life”; but, maybe they knew something was lacking—such as an insufficient education, job skills, income, self-satisfaction, etc? They were ripe to listen to devious web propagandists, and they just ran off to Syria to join what they thought was just a modern “Jihadist Woodstock”. Little did they know…
NOTE: There has been some confusion as to the different names used for “Islamic” State. (I add the quotes since it actually represents a hijacking of Islam.) “ISIS” stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “ISIL” refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a French term, which for a long time has referred to the area around the Eastern Mediterranean as “the Levant”. And “Daesh” is merely the Arabic acronym for ISIL. I have found that many people merely use “IS” for simplicity.