The right is outraged that Obama won’t call the terrorists Muslims, because after all that is who we are really at war with, isn’t it?
Obama, using logic and reason, argues that to call them that is to legitimize them. ISIS and al Qaeda and the other radicals want us to declare that we are at war with Islam, because that’s the best recruiting tool they have.
“We must never accept the premise that they put forward because it is a lie,” Obama said. “Nor should we grant these terrorists the legitimacy they seek. They are not religious leaders, they are terrorists. We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”
Ha ha! You see the problem, right? He’s once more assuming the right wing cares for things like logic, facts, and reason! This can also be seen by claims on the right that Obama is doing nothing to fight these terrorists when in fact, he’s been bombing them pretty regularly for months. Facts! Who needs facts when you have anger!
Today comes news that these terrorists have bombed Islamic religious sites and mosques and burned books because, hey, they’re evil. Seriously, there’s not much debate on that part. But that sure doesn’t seem the kind of thing that a Muslim would do, does it?
Using religion as the excuse to cause terror helps to convince others of that religion that it is acceptable because their god wants it. By refusing to legitimize the religion, you can cut some of that power.