Is Radical Islamism a Choice?

The president says: “ISIL is not Islamic,” despite the fact that Islamic is in their name. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple,” he adds.
Before I go any further, let me clarify Obama’s steadfast insistence on using the term ISIL instead of ISIS. ISIS is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, whereas ISIL is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is said to encompass the countries of Cyprus, Egypt,Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and of course Israel.
Brent Smith
So Obama uses ISIL as a veiled slap in the face to Israel, which he obviously has animus toward. Allen West explains that, “if you choose to refer to this group as ISIL, you have basically rewritten the map of the Middle East and fallen into the trap of not recognizing the existence of Israel and also Lebanon. If you use ISIL you are then validating the Islamic totalitarian and jihadist claim that the modern day Jewish State of Israel is an occupation state and does not exist in the eyes of Muslims.”
Obama and the left also contend by omission that Islamic terrorists, ISIS or not, are also not Islamic. We on the right argue that indeed there are such things as Islamic terrorists. In fact, as I’ve written before, it is the only “religion” in which people wantonly murder and enslave in its name.
We on the right think the president’s and left’s position to be utterly absurd. So instead of fighting it, why don’t we take the absurdity to a whole new level and use the left’s own arguments to do so.
We are all well aware of the supposed transformation of Bruce Jenner, from he-man Olympian to ugly woman-like creature. Jenner says he has identified as a woman for years. Therefore, if this is his choice, the left insists that we should be required to not only accept this “fact,” but celebrate it. This is what they tell us we must do – be tolerant of this enhancement of the new diversity experience. We are to embrace it as not just an alternative, but an equal and legitimate lifestyle choice.
Then there is Rachel Dolezal, the white woman with two cracker parents, who identifies as a black woman. The rightly asks, “If Caitlyn Jenner Can Identify as Female, Why Can’t Rachel Dolezal Identify as Black?”
“If Bruce Jenner can change into a woman, then why are we so opposed to Rachel Dolezal changing into an African American?” Good question and good point!
So Mr. President – what if members of ISIS, the Islamic State, simple identify with Islam. If they identify as Islamic, using the logic of the left, who are we to think or say otherwise. Why shouldn’t they be afforded the same lifestyle or religious choices given to the rest of us?
Sure, they are bloodthirsty killers and all, but that doesn’t give the president the right to discriminate against their lifestyle or religious choice. Maybe it’s not even their fault?
Maybe it’s an inherited trait. Maybe it’s Nature vs. Nurture, that the left likes to beat us up over. For years scientists have been searching for the “gay gene.” Back in the 1990’s, scientists thought they discovered chromosome markers that could influence the development of same-sex orientation in men. Who’s to say that scientists won’t some day
find a radical Islam gene? So maybe there radicalism isn’t really their fault. Maybe they would grow up to be perfectly well adjusted and peaceful Muslims if it weren’t for genetics.
It’s also possible this Islamic identification is a deeply emotional and psychological choice for the radical killer. After all, Gender Dysphoria is the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex. This “condition” is evidently legitimate in leftist circles. Would they be so narrow-minded and bigoted as to not extend that same choice to a radical killer?
LGBT Activists want Obama to ban Christian therapy for teens who struggle with gender identity, yet Obama’s own FBI is seeking “Counseling, Not Handcuffs, for Some Islamic State Suspects.” How is this fair?
I say if ISIS identifies as Islamic, we should be tolerant and accepting of their lifestyle and religious choice, and not treat them any different than other radical killers. It’s only fair. Just say no to Obama’s close-minded and bigoted Islamophobia.
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