ISIS is a Muslim group. Their foundation is pretty much a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam. To claim that it is not Islamic is to ignore several important things, but the key fact is it doesn’t matter what WE think or what western Muslims think, it only matters what the asshats in ISIS think.
And what they think is they are on a holy mission to create an Islamic Caliphate. I am getting tired of reading all these western orientalists who post that “these people do not follow Islam” as though they have all studied Islam and as though Islam is a monolith.
I also grow tired of the apologists who try to marginalise the problem or claim that anyone who speaks up about this issue is a racist, bigot or Islamophobe. ISIS is NOT the same as Westboro. Westboro are asshats no doubt but they do not behead people and aren’t large enough in numbers to cause any real issue. The mainstream of Christianity doesn’t support them. ISIS, on the other hand, has the support of a LOT of Muslims, and even the ones who do not support it, are rarely vocal about that unless they are in the west.
Hamas is only fighting the expansion of ISIS because the Hamas leadership does not want to lose the cash cow they have. In fact the Hamas charter demands pretty much the same as ISIS: an islamic caliphate where everyone else is a dhimmi (not even a citizen let alone a second class citizen).
Let me be clear, if you belong to any of the following groups, you shouldn’t be supporting ISIS:
Women, Homosexuals, Christians, Jews, Natives, Muslims who are not fanatical, Atheists, Europeans, Asians, North Americans, people who believe in Humans rights……. perhaps now you get the picture. If you are not Muslim, and more specifically a specific sort of muslim, then you should not remain silent. Pretty much the only people who should support ISIS, out of self interest, are Sunni Muslims, mostly of the more legalist end of the spectrum because moderate Sunnis probably don’t want to party like its 999.
There is a war coming, and there is not a damn thing the peace-at-any-costers can do about it. This war will not always be fought openly, even now, its being fought on campuses, in the media and in other arenas of public perception. It really is going to be all the people who believe in human rights and freedom against a totalitarian ideology that believes in its supremacy and refuses to acknowledge equality.
WE do not have a choice over whether to fight, if we do not fight we will be allowing our freedoms to be taken from us. If you think I am being an “Islamophobe” I urge you to spend some time and research Islam and its core beliefs. Look at what ISIS is doing because, my friends, actions speak louder than words. Sex slavery, torture, beheadings, crucifixion: these aren’t just things from the dark ages, these are happening right now to Christians, Yazidis and Kurds.
Now that’s the bad news, the good news is we’re not alone in this fight, there are Muslims who speak up against ISIS and extremism, and they are fighting to change Islam into a more moderate religion. It is imperative that we support those people, we do not allow ourselves to become jaded and prejudiced against all Muslims, because I will be honest with you, our best chance to defeat the radicals is to work with those who want change. So take some time, educate yourself about these things because whether you like it or not we are in this fight: its just that some of us don’t know it yet.