Feb 07, 2015 1:58 AM GMT
socalfitness saidPhysiqueflex saidmusclmed saidPhysiqueflex saidIt seems to me that the point was that we don't condemn all Christians for the actions of the distant past, or recent past for that matter, by extremists such as the Klan, anti-abortion bombers, etc. acting "in the name of God/Christ" or whatever. Most Christians today are fine upstanding people, with some exceptions.
We should remember this and not associate all Muslims with the violence perpetrated by extremists in their ranks.
Yes and we have heard this point from Professor Obama over and over again.
The issue is that we have heard this over and over from him. It does not address the fact that ISIL is gaining strength. And we have /had hostages that these very words from POTUS can be used as propaganda and justification to harm them.
Its another course in his lecture series.
No, it does not address that issue, directly. There is another fact that the number of ISIL's enemies are growing and gaining strength too, and that is the issue the president is directly addressing here, IMO. If we're fighting amongst ourselves about which religion is the most violent (answer: none), then we are not as strong against ISIL as we can be, or need to be.
That is why I appreciate the subtle change in language. The president used the word "terror" only three times in this speech. I think we have to stop referring to the threat as "terrorism", and keep calling it something more accurate, like "violent religious extremism".
Also, giving lectures is part of what a president does.
If we really want to be accurate, why don't we name the specific religion this extremism is coming from rather than "violent religious extremism"?
Good point, but a better one is why bring religion into the discussion at all? Do we care what religious affiliation murderers have? Did we care about the religions of John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Surhan Surhan, James Earl Ray, etc. etc?
To be more accurate still, ISIL is a street gang. A little more well financed than your average street gang, but a gang nonetheless. They are not a "state". They are not an "army". They aren't "religious", they've bastardized religion. They don't take "prisoners", they kidnap people. They don't "execute" hostages, they murder them. It's not "terrorism", it's violence and murder.