Dumbest thing ever?

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.

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7 Responses to Dumbest thing ever?

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    “I am not a crook” from Nixon certainly has it beat. But when you get a chance, look on youtube for Dubya giving the definition of “sovereign” as in Native Americans are treated as a sovereign entity in the US. Spoiler Alert, he uses the word “sovereign” in the definition. About 6 times. So, yeah, this is BS and you’re right, quite a high bar. I think these whole 6 years, Republicans have been trying to take revenge for how stupid Bush was and how much he fucked up. And failing to score any real points, IMO.

    • stchucky says:

      Bahahaha, absolutely right. I know the Daily Show has a massive bias, but just about everything they ever video-clipped of Bush was dumber than this statement from Obama.

      Now, given the sickening mass-murder that’s happened in France, this topic is more valid than ever. I can’t exactly keep on pretending these guys aren’t Muslim at all – I have to concede that they think they are Muslim, at least – but I can only remain steadfast in my belief that they are wrong.

      Or, shall we say, that their version of Islam is extremist, murderous, and goes against everything the pure faith stands for. Like usual. They’re not Muslims. They’re murderers. When a person murders, you call him a murderer. That’s what the word means. Calling him a Muslim does nobody any favours. It’s like calling Buffalo Bill a woman because he flayed women and dressed in their skins.

      • stchucky says:

        Which might, now that I think about it, be intolerant of the transgender movement and the phobias and bad press they’re victim to. Sorry about that. No pleasing some people.

        (nObLifeOfBrian: That’s just what Jesus said, sir!)

  2. frank@msn.com says:

    Right – ISIL, or the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, whose goal is to create an Islamic state in the middle east – starting with ground abandoned by Obama – is not an Islamic group… Funny, they murder each other and everyone who doesn’t toe their line just like Islamic groups do. And Islam is the religion that tells you to kill the non-believers where you find them. These “radicals” are doing what their religion tells them to.

    Obama’s father was a muslim, his step father was a muslim, he went to muslim schools in Indonesia, so of course he’s never going call muslim’s terrorists when the rest of the world is mocking him for it.

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