Josh Earnest: “Terrorism,” Not “Radical Islamic Terrorism”

Ruling class insists no terrorism is Islamic and no Islamism is terrorism.

Everyone’s deathly afraid of offending adherents of non-Christian religions. They won’t hesitate to tie domestic racist and (ostensibly) terrorist organizations to Christianity. But if it’s any other religion, they’re very careful to insulate them from outside criticism.

While the White House has stated that the attack in Paris was an example of terrorism, they won’t come out and say that it was tied to Islam. NPR’s Mara Liasson asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest why the Obama Administration won’t attribute the attack to radical Islam. He responded, according to the Daily Caller:

“The first is accuracy. We want to describe exactly what happened. These are individuals who carried out an act of terrorism and they later tried to justify that act of terrorism by invoking the religion of Islam and their own deviant view of it.

The second is, this was an act that was roundly condemned by Muslim leaders. Again, I am describing to you the reasons why we have not chosen to use that label, because it does not seem to accurately describe what happened.

We also don’t want to be in a situation where we are legitimizing what we consider to be a completely illegitimate justification for this violence, this act of terrorism.

Again, I’m not going to criticize anybody who uses that label. I’m talking about the way we are talking about this. And what we are trying to be as specific an accurate as possible in describing what exactly occurred.”

The truth of the matter is that “militant Islam” is redundant. Islam was founded in violence. “Convert or die.” Those carrying out these attacks and who threaten to behead anyone who insults their “peaceful” religion are the ones who are consistent with their religion.

But probably most of those identifying as Muslim in the world aren’t living consistently with the Koran. They prefer to pick and choose. If they’re not threatening to behead Christians and other “infidels,” and if they’re not rioting in the streets, or otherwise wreaking havoc and creating violent chaos, they aren’t really Muslims.