Hillary Clinton, the grand mufti of Chappaqua, New York, on Thursday excommunicated millions of Muslims who support ISIS and other radical groups, saying, “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”
We know that ISIS has many followers in Iraq and Syria. The Taliban has many supporters in Afghanistan. Boko Haram has many supporters in Nigeria. It’s not just the people actually doing the fighting; these radicals need a base of support to survive as they have. Recent polling estimated that there are between 63 and 287 million supporters of ISIS. And 100% of them just happen to be Muslim.
In order to conclude that this is not a Muslim movement, however, the tens of millions of Muslims participating in it have to be deemed non-Muslim. Born Muslim, religiously observant, they call themselves Muslims, even in the names of their groups, but the minute they support or take up arms for ISIS, the Taliban, Boko Haram, or other radical groups, Mufti Clinton has declared they are no longer Muslims. Mufti Clinton has excommunicated any Muslim who becomes a radical. To be a radical, by definition, means that you are not a Muslim, since no Muslim can be a radical.
You may find this an impressive piece of intellectual gymnastics, but Mufti Clinton has been doing it for years. How often has she droned on and on about “women’s rights” and “women’s issues” but never said a word about women’s rights in the Muslim world? Never said a word about the beating of women, the subjugation of women, the exclusion of women from the workplace, the physical mutilation of women? Or about Muslim women being forced to share their husbands with other women? For Mufti Clinton, who at least has some experience with the lattermost issue, none of these is considered a “women’s issue,” just as none of the radicals in ISIS is a Muslim.
Mufti Clinton also said it doesn’t matter what we called Osama bin Laden…as long as we didn’t call him Islamic. She claims it alienates Muslims to call ISIS radical Muslims. But what it actually does is confuse our policy. If our enemy isn’t a subset of Muslims, then we should have no problems admitting hundreds of thousands into America. And yet, if we do that, Americans will die, just as they are dying in France. And too many Muslims countries, seeing us unwilling to set a policy that states, “You’re either for us or against us,” feel free, like Pakistan, where an astounding 62% of people claim not to have an opinion of ISIS, to play on both sides.
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.
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