Here’s a strange argument that liberals have been putting forth as of lately: Islamophobia creates terrorists.
During her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton commonly argued that Donald Trump’s allegedly anti-Muslim rhetoric would only serve as a recruitment tool for groups like ISIS. Students at Ohio State University, which suffered an ISIS inspired knife attack last week, surprisingly made a similar argument. “That person [the terrorist] probably experienced a lot of racism and racism is a traumatic experience” said one student to a reporter from The Rebel. The latest to make the argument was Van Jones last Thursday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, when he argued Trump is radicalizing Muslims.
During a discussion about lone wolf attacks, former congressman Jack Kingston said: “One of the things that is in his immigration plan that is very rarely talked about is a committee of study on radicalization. How do you stop the lone wolf who is embedded? Maybe an American citizen, maybe not. Maybe he’s lived here for 10 years. What makes him turn radical? We don’t know…”
That’s when Van Jones offered his brief analysis: “When people say stuff like Trump. Trump kind of helps make people radical, but go ahead.”
H/T The Blaze Even if we were to accept his argument at face value, it does more to prove that there’s a radicalization problem in Islam (and its teachings are largely to blame). Every religion is criticized, but there’s only one people fear (and face) violent retaliation for criticizing.
The motives of groups like ISIS are quite clear. They even explained to us why they hate us in one of their propaganda magazines, where they write “We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah – whether you realize it or not – by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him, claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices. Furthermore, just as your disbelief is the primary reason we hate you, your disbelief is the primary reason we fight you, as we have been commanded to fight the disbelievers until they submit to the authority of Islam.”
Again, is there any other religion that inspires that kind of behavior for merely being criticized? Even if we are to buy Van Jones’ argument, are we really supposed to self-censor ourselves in fear that those we criticize will kill us?
Thanks, but no thanks.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]