On Friday, in "'You're next!', Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul warns West", Walt made the point that the ISIS extremists who destroyed Christian churches in Iraq and beheaded James Foley are adherents to the same religious faith -- Islam -- that the Pope himself tells us is really a "religion of peace", believers in the same God we believe in, not to mention the brotherhood of man, dialogue rather than violence to resolve conflicts, yada yada yada. "We're all brothers", as the current PC thinking would have it. Of course that's the veriest rubbish!
That's the point made today in Canada's National Post by that eminent son of The Rock, Rex Murphy -- a great one for cutting through the fog of political correctness to tell it as it really is. Today he asks "In [the] wake of James Foley’s beheading, can we finally say the I-word?"
When, he wonders, are we going to stop avoiding calling things by their real names, by "dipping deeds and practices into the sludge of euphemism". Good question, and particularly pertinent in view of the way the lamestream media are talking about the beheading of James Foley. Here's more of what Rex has to say.
Religion, even in a form that civilized people may regard as violently debased, is still a religion to those who embrace it. I stress, and do not apologize for, my use of the word "civilized" there. If hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, subscribe to a violent theological creed, it simply will not do to pretend -- as some Western leaders, clergymen, journalists and professors insist on doing -- that these are merely misguided souls who don't properly know how to interpret a holy book.
The BBC's Security Correspondent...said the barbaric ritual beheading "was not about religion". Well, how many "allahu akbars" have to be ululated before [he] would accept it and kindred butcheries as religious? Have he and we so soon forgotten the psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas, who stood up and shouted "allahu akbar" before killing 13 people? That was not supposed to be "about religion" either. Military officials and law-enforcement investigators turned collectively blue in the face before acknowledging what the killer himself proudly proclaimed, that it was, in his brutal mind at least, a "religious" act.
One of the worst offenders, of course, is the Prez, who Mr. Murphy accuses of offering his, by now too familiar, affectless mush on the killing. He declared that 'no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.' But that’s not how ISIS reads the Koran.
Who is Obama not to take ISIS at its word? Like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, it is their declared goal of restoring the “Caliphate” that stirs their demented souls. If they name their religion, let us name it, too.
"It’s a sign there is an utter ruthlessness and depravity about this movement which is hideous and sickening and deplorable," is how Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described ISIS this week. He said the killing was "as close to pure evil as we are likely to see."
Pure evil — there’s a terminology adequate to the deed.
Walt can only add that if you missed "St. James the Greater, 'Slayer of the Moors'", posted here a month ago, you should read it now. Where is St. James when we need him so badly? [Try Santiago de Compostela. Ed.]