Day 4. 14 pages, 5,112 words.
Huffpost recently ran a little story about Obama apparently saying a really dumb thing. I mean, “the single dumbest thing an American President has ever said”, which made for tantalising clickbait so away I went.
And what was it?
Well, it was Obama claiming (as part of a larger point) that ISIL was not an Islamic group.
Now, I admit to being pretty ignorant of this whole set of issues and events, but from what I understand, ISIL is a group of Sunni Islamist rebels? I admit, I’m citing from Wikipedia here but it was my understanding that this was in no way an official “nation” or any sort of recognised organisation – they’re a bunch of murderous thugs, right? They’re terrorists, in a world filled with terrorists, and this is recognised by just about every national and international body.
So why is saying that they’re not Islamic a dumb thing to say? The single dumbest thing an American President has ever said? Wow, that’s a pretty high bar. It seems to me that this was something that needed saying. Heck, there are plenty of hate groups with “Christian” in their names, it doesn’t make them Christian. Especially not if basically every actual Christian organisation in the world denounces everything they stand for as unchristian. If somebody shot a person in the head and then said, “I’m Andrew Hindle,” I would probably contest that in a court of law. Especially if I was subsequently accused of the crime.
Yes, this is another classic case of a faith being soiled by bad people and it is on all of us, not just the people of that faith (although arguably it is more urgently on them), to acknowledge that incorrectness, that soiling. These guys do not get to call themselves Islamic. Tell me they don’t.
I don’t know, I don’t want to get too deep into this Middle East terrorist / freedom fighter quagmire, it’s pretty clear to me that the whole world is fast running out of good guys even if my brain keeps trying to tell me that there are billions of us, all over the world, of every stripe of belief and unbelief. Just getting on with our lives and not making the news.
And I’m just a blogger, just a sci-fi author, just a bloke. What possible say can I have?
Well, just one say. My voice. My words. And I know people of Islamic faith. And I believe ISIL is not Islamic. And I believe that needs to be said.