Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Whitehouse–THE Defining Expert on Islam

In yesterday’s Whitehouse – meaning president’s – statement on yet another brutal murder execution by manual beheading in Islamic State territory, the Whitehouse / President of the United States said…

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time.

Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents. While ISIL revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction, Abdul-Rahman was a humanitarian who worked to save the lives of Syrians injured and dispossessed by the Syrian conflict. While ISIL exploits the tragedy in Syria to advance their own selfish aims, Abdul-Rahman was so moved by the anguish and suffering of Syrian civilians that he traveled to Lebanon to work in a hospital treating refugees. Later, he established an aid group, SERA, to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and Syria. These were the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people.

ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL. [Emphasis added]

It’s good to know that the Whitehouse and President of the United States are the appropriate authority to define what does or does not represent the Muslim faith.  Maybe, MAYBE if we heard such statements from senior Muslim religious leaders THEN it could be said “such actions do not represent the Muslim faith”. 

But since when is the President of the United States THE authority on the Muslim faith???  Something he isn’t telling us?  Hmmm.

1 comments:

Daniel Schwarz said...

What the president isn't telling you (directly) is that the messaging following Peter Kassig's murder is designed to discredit ISIS in the eyes of fellow Muslims. Consider: Kassig's conversion and renaming as "Abdul Rahman" occurred under duress, during captivity. Who knows if it was a "true conversion?" I doubt it. The reason the WH and the family are referring to him as "Abdul Rahman" is to show that ISIS is killing fellow Muslims. Likewise, Obama's insistence that ISIS killings do not represent the Muslim faith. Obama is hardly qualified as a religious expert, but as anti-ISIS messaging, it makes sense for him to say it.

Will any of this influence non-ISIS Muslims? Maybe, maybe not. But it can't hurt to try.

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