On Fox News on Friday, Megyn Kelly interviewed American Muslim Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who had a strong message for President Obama and his administration: "Stop telling us Muslims what is Islamic!
President Obama, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and other prominent representatives of Obama's administration have been repeating the line ad nauseum that the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state. Their friends the press have played these clips over and over, their parrots on MSNBC have repeated the line incessantly, and on down the line it goes to blogs and Twitter. ISIS is not Islamic. Dr. Zuhdi strongly disagrees.
"Please, if anybody in this administration is listening, stop telling us Muslims what is Islamic. I mean, so he's saying this is compounding the sin? How about when he shakes and hugs the king of Saudi Arabia for their being custodians of the Holy Mosque and yet they have imprisoned apostates, liberals Muslims. They're a mysogynistic nation that treats their women as third class citizens. Or the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, or the Islamic Republican of Iran. Hundreds of millions of Muslims running governments all over the world that line their prisons and torture Christians and Jews and Muslims, that's Islamic? And ISIS came out of thin air? ISIS is a by-product of those ideologies. And to deny it and dismiss it, they're trying to bury us reformers from having a seat at the table."
Jasser's argument is so logical and clear-minded it's absurd we don't hear it every day. Reformation of the Christian church came from within. Reformation of Islam must have Islamic reformers to take hold. Obama and, frankly, most liberals and democrats, seem to have this silly notion that if they just are super nice and accommodating and accepting, Islamic hate and intolerance of other religions and the west in general will just be killed with kindness and commerce. It's a child-like fantasy that does not take into account the fundamental truth. Groups like ISIS are Islamic, and they follow logically from, as Dr. Jasser explains, those Islamic governments we accommodate and "tolerate", to use the liberal turn of phrase.
Dr. Jasser goes on to, again logically, explain that a reformation from within must first come with acceptance and acknowledgement on the part of Muslims that the religion has a "major problem internationally, and we have to own it." He says they can't do that when "Secretary of Islamic apologetics" John Kerry is enabling Islamic theocrats of the world and claiming that the terror groups are not Islamic while not condemning the Wahhabi ideas that created them.
So it is not just that Obama is showing hubris and ignorance simultaneously when he says "ISIL is not Islamic", he is actually actively working against the very people who he constantly claims to be helping, who all Democrats love to speak for: peaceful Muslims. He is working against separation of mosque and state. He is working against liberation of women under Islam. He is working against those who would crush the ideology behind terror.
In short, President Obama and his administration are personally and directly undermining the cause of peaceful, reformist Muslims and actively promoting the ideology from whence Al Qaeda an IS sprang.
But hey, at least they're tolerant citizens of the earth right?