The Succinct and Compelling Argument for Why ISIS/AlQaeda/Taliban is Not Equal to Islam/Refugees/your Muslim Buddy
Whenever news breaks about a terrorist attack, like the one at the Louvre or the Christmas attack in Germany, the alt-right fascists revel in the self-righteousness of “I told you so”. From Trump’s twitter handle to Fox News, the glee is palpable. The global Right celebrates yet another validation of their central thesis. Meanwhile, liberals and all the decent people resisting the global Right are caricaturized as weak, naive and traitorous. Muslims all over the world collectively think, “what the fuck, another one?” Indeed, the increasing barbarity and frequency of these attacks seems “counter-narrative” and demoralizing for good guys all over the world and another evidence point for the bad guys. Here’s how you win the argument:
ISIS is not Islam; ISIS is a Frankenstein of Islam. Just like Trump is not America; Trump is a Frankenstein of Americanism.
ISIS is all about politics, the preservation of identities, and the revenge narrative. Do they cite sources from the Muslim canon? Yes they do, but they go fishing for stuff that supports their fucked up world view rather than considering the canon in its totality and full historicity. ISIS, the beheadings, the jihadi brides, its all a product of THE WORST possible reading combined with THE WORST possible cultural impulses of misogyny, violence, and anti-Semitism etc in the Arab world rolled into a movement that purports to provide political agency to the region’s Sunni Muslims. In a macabre irony, their approach to Muslim sources is identical to that of Sam Harris/Ayan Hirsi/Bill Maher/name-your-islamophobe/pseudoexpert. Its basically all total bullshit and completely alien to the lived reality of Muslims all across the world and across time. This what you intuitively know to be true, but maybe can’t articulate.
And if that all sounds familiar, it should. Trump/Bannon/Spencer represent the worst impulses of America and American culture. The violence, racism, and misogyny; the sexualizing of women and the obsession with penis-size; the fetishing of guns and a world view based on “Crusader-ism” and whiteness, these ideas are not new. There is a Western/European/Christian “canon” that can be cited to support these ideas. However, we had condemned and marginalized these concepts from our collective consciousness — at least until they were suddenly normalized in November 2016. And when you patch ALL of our worst impulses into a single Frankenstein, you end up with the caricature and movement we know as “Donald Trump”. He represents American values in much the same way that ISIS represent Islam — ie THEY DON’T. Period.
Shout out: John Cena gets it…
Final note: Guys, the global Right encompasses ISIS /Trump/Bannon/ AlQaeda/ Likudniks /Ayaan Hirsi etc etc etc. They all think in exactly the same way. Its up to us to organize and unite in our fight for the full enfranchisement of all groups in the US, for peace and prosperity shared across the world, and for a stable and preserved environment. Don’t let the next news cycle distract or derail you.