For a few months, especially around the time when a Muslim terrorist attacked and murdered almost 50 people in an Orlando nightclub, the protocol was still to deny that the terrorist had anything to do with Islam. But it was a protocol that became simply too preposterous, especially in cases where the terrorist had publicly declared allegiance to ISIS, cried “Allahu-Akbar!” while murdering, or had a name commonly associated with Muslims. Western leaders who’ve tried to make a virtue out of absolving Islam of its terrorism have lost or are rapidly losing all credibility for such blatant and disgraceful apologia and trivialisation of mass murder. Everyone (except Muslim apologists) could see through this and even the most powerful Western leaders started looking like fools.
So how to keep the ‘Islam is innocent’ ruse going? Yes, it’s all ISIS, from now on. Since it can’t be denied when the terrorists have already declared it themselves, the big take-control-of-the-narrative question became whether or not the terrorist was a member of ISIS, coupled with denying that ISIS has anything to do with Islam. The red herring was back in the water.
ISIS enjoys organisational affiliation in at least ten discrete geographical regions with around fifteen organisations. ISIS draws organisational affiliation because it is perceived to be authentic. It fully complies with the Qur’an; something every Muslim is supposed to do. The point is that the Qur’an inspires them all, as well as the more than 100 Muslim terrorist organisations and terrorist-supporting organisations not affiliated to ISIS. What matter’s is not that they are affiliated to ISIS, but that they are inspired by the Qur’an, the book that ISIS impliments to the letter, as every Muslim should. Islamopologia makes us lose sight of all of this. We don’t hear of terrorism carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood, for example, yet that organisation is probably far more dangerous than ISIS, because its operatives seep into societies bearing Qur’ans and quaintness, rather than loaded Kalashnikovs and blood-soaked Allahu-Akbars.
The Qur’an, the sacred text of Islam, is behind all of these organisations and all their campaigns of mass murder. Yet its role in preparing the minds of young children for terrorism continues unchallenged. We call it freedom of religion, a freedom, it seems, more precious than all other freedoms, for the freedom to follow the Qur’an is nothing less than the freedom to undo all freedoms.
Wilfully denying the link between Islam and terrorism amounts to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Doing so as a matter of state policy has to be a crime against humanity, especially when it involves prosecuting those who do make this link.