Defining “the True Message of Islam”: How ISIS Recruiters Use Religious Texts To Encourage and Justify Slaughter

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After every Islamist bloodbath, we hear from Muslims and the Mother Jones/Daily Kos crowd that religion had no role in the slaughter. The Charlie Hebdo massacre again brought out some well-intentioned protesters who insisted on severing the criminals from their Islamic inspiration, despite the fact that the killers shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “We have avenged the prophet!”

By Terry Firma|Friendly Atheist

Said a French Muslim named Diallo,

This is not a question of religion. It’s a personal problem, and in fact it doesn’t have to do with Islam.

Stateside, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar asserted the same thing in a piece for Time magazine.

Knowing that these terrorist attacks are not about religion, we have to reach a point where we stop bringing Islam into these discussions.

This almost unbelievable blind spot is pervasive, but there are also plenty of religious or cultural Muslims like Maajid Nawaz, Fathima Imra NazeerKaveh Mousavi, and Ali A. Rizvi, who’ve transcended the myopia and aren’t afraid to call out Islam as a huge part of the problem.

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