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Islam: Is ‘Devout’ Just Code for ‘Radicalized’?

Angry-Muslim2We are big supporters of freedom of religion around here, regardless of what religion: Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, First Church South of God, we believe that the free exercise of religion is essential to democracy.

But all of this week we have heard media anchors, pundits and experts describe Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a devout Muslim, and almost immediately the conversation segues into if, when and how he became radicalized.

It is always disturbing when we hear this come up, as it invariably does whenever one of these outrages is acted out, because it seems to us that “devout” and “radicalized” should not be interchangeable words when it comes to religion.

Now, liberals would have us believe that all religion is dangerous. You’ve heard it—like from that deep font of intellectual prowess Rosie O’Donnell.

But in all of our history as a nation not one Missionary Baptist has yelled “Jesus Saves!” and exploded a suicide vest in a crowded restaurant. Not one Pentecostal has gunned down a crowd of GIs on an army base in the name of the great prophet Oral Roberts. May Allah be praised. Okay, a lapsed Catholic blew up Oklahoma City, if that counts.

The Branch Davidian cult in Waco had guns, but even they did not use them until they were converged upon by an army of FBI and U.S. Marshals with automatic weapons and tanks, on the orders of a wackjob from Washington named Janet Reno.

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We received some help on the issue this week from, of all people, Bill Maher.


On HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday night, host Bill Maher entertained CSU-San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, who maintained that despite the events in recent days, religious extremism isn’t only a product of Islam.

But Maher took issue with that claim, calling it “liberal bullsh*t” and said there was no comparison.

“You know what, yeah, yeah,” Maher said. “You know what — that’s liberal bullsh*t right there … they’re not as dangerous. I mean there’s only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So you know, I’m just saying let’s keep it real.” [More]

Last week we caught some flack for saying that Muslims should fix their religion before any more are allowed to immigrate to this country. We do not hate Muslims. We recognize that most Muslims are not terrorists.

The thing is, to know whether to smile pleasantly or jump for cover when you see one of these guys in the toys aisle at Wal-Mart should not be alternatives one must choose between. This is not a decision one has to make when one sees a guy with a yarmulke. You know?

If — as CAIR and various other American Muslim support groups repeatedly try to convince us — Islam is a religion of peace, where is the proof? Muslims have had 12 years to establish a united front against radical elements within their religion and have not done so.

The claim that radicals within Islam are an aberration, as the PC line mandates we believe, has lost all credibility. If Islamists are a minority, they are one of the most powerful, influential minorities on the planet.

This is not hard. Several very large factions within Islam are dangerous. Now just who should fix that, if not peace-loving Muslims?

But are Muslims unified against the bad actors within their religion? This is a fair question.

Maher wrapped up this point succinctly: “[A] sk most Muslim people in the world, if you insult the prophet, do you have what’s coming to you? It’s more than just a fringe element.”

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