Phil Quin has a thoughtful and robust piece on ISIS, Islam and the left’sÂ irrational rationale for not fighting these scumbags.
Firstly are they Islamic?
For goodness sake, ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh may or may not conform to an acceptable interpretation of Islamic texts, but itâ€™s clear they think they doâ€Šâ€”â€Šand who am I to argue? Or you, for that matter?
The question about ISIS and its religious roots is not really as serious or important as it first appears. Squabbling over which religious texts to take literally, which to relegate to metaphor, and which to ignore outright, is a feature of all intra-faith discourse. Of course ISIS is deeply marinated in their own version of Islam in ways no more or less ridiculous or arbitrary than any other iteration of religious belief. Muslims who disagree with them say that ISIS are not true Islam in the same way Martin Luther rejected Catholicismâ€™s claims for itself. Itâ€™s like people arguing over who should rule Westeros, only a lot less interesting.
The near universal loathing of the military funeral picketing Westboro Baptist Church doesnâ€™t stop its adherents from being both Christian and motivated by their understanding of what being a Christian means. Orâ€Šâ€”â€Šhereâ€™s a better exampleâ€Šâ€”â€Šhow about the entire Catholic Bloody Church? I havenâ€™t read the bible, but Iâ€™m pretty sure it provides provides greater scriptural justification for Westboroâ€™s â€śGod Hates Fagsâ€ť (Leviticus, apparently) than, say, transubstantiation or papal infallibility (nowhere).
ISIS are Islamic…it is in their name for god’s sake…Islamic State.
The more interesting development is how large swaths of the political far-left have become eager and subservient poodles to radical Islamism. At first glance, it is a baffling developmentâ€Šâ€”â€Šbut quite straightforward on reflection. A cursory review of modern history will confirm that the dogmatic left will happily support genocidal maniacs as long as their shared enemy is the United States (oh, and Israel). (And itâ€™s not hard for them to ignore or downplay the religious component of Islamic jihad since Leftists, almost always non believers themselves, just wonâ€™t take terrorists at their word;they refuse to accept that terrorists actually believe this shit).
Aside from an inability to take religious belief at face value, Leftists far prefer to shoehorn radical Islam into their conception of human events as a binary conflict between â€śthe oppressedâ€ť (good guys) and â€śthe oppressorâ€ť (bad guys).
(There is another reasonâ€Šâ€”â€Šthat elements of the Left are bored with Western civilisation and find the destructive nihilism of ISIS exhilaratingâ€Šâ€”â€Šbut I cannot summon the energy to mount that case).