Friday, January 16, 2015

White House and White Wash

Lately President Obama has taken some heat for not explicitly attributing recent terrorist attacks to "radical Islam." His administration seems to want to whitewash the ugly truth about the religious motivation behind the attacks. The best worst example of this approach came from his administration spokeswoman below:

Why is this? Is he not as smart has Valerie Jarrett thinks? Is he secretly a radical Muslim who supports Jihad?

No. He is just a high level politician trying to be diplomatic--with little religious ecumenicalism thrown in. He does not want to offend Muslims abroad or Muslims at home. In addition, he is a progressive Christian who believes all theists believe in the same deity. Christians and Muslims are simply separated by denominational differences.

Although Obama's White House predecessor George Bush used the phrase "Islamic terrorism," he said it infrequently. And he, too, acted as "theologian-in-chief" to assure Americans that "radical Islamists" have nothing to do with the "religion of peace"

A few quotes pinched from the White House archives:

"I have assured His Majesty that our war is against evil, not against Islam. There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know -- that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion. The exact opposite of the teachings of the al Qaeda organization, which is based upon evil and hate and destruction."

Remarks by President George W. Bush and His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan
The Oval Office, Washington, D.C.
September 28, 2001

"Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in America."

Remarks by President George W. Bush in a statement to reporters during a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
The Oval Office, Washington, DC
November 13, 2002

"Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of Islam. They've hijacked a great religion."

Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
October 11, 2002

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."

Remarks by the President at Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
September 17, 2001


CW said...

Great reminder, V.L.

George Bush was handicapped by a lot of liberal instincts, unfortunately, and his habit of parroting the falsehood of Islam as a religion of peace was one of them. He caved to the PC police on Islam and I also think that he and others hope that if they repeat it often enough it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, like saying “nice doggy” over and over to a snarling Doberman (which, coincidentally, is about as effective).

If they truly believe that the majority of self-described Muslims are peace-loving and don’t subscribe to the violent edicts of the Koran then they would have been far better served by giving THAT sect a new name (New Islam or Reformed Islam), as that is a better reflection of reality than suggesting that radical Islam is somehow distinct from Islam. Drawing the distinction between New/reformed Islam and Islam (as opposed to Radical Islam and Islam) would also have given peaceful Muslims a path away from traditional Islam while enabling them to maintain the identity they were accustomed to.

RightDetour said...

Do you think Bush caved to PC police or that he sincerely believes what he says?

Not sure the millions of peace loving Muslim mean much in this debate. Majorities or large minorities support the kind of things the radicals desire; they just disagree with their methods.

Here is a link to a recent piece by one of the few video bloggers I follow. The primary message from his blog is the Islamization of Europe.

CW said...

Good morning, V.L.

Thanks for the link. Pat Condell does a great job of showing how silly it is to try and claim that there's no relationship between Islam and radical Islam.

I think GW would have adopted the "most Muslims are peaceful" stance regardless of whether he believes it or not because, as I said before, the strategy is to try and make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. If there are Muslims who, for whatever reason, are willing to ignore the Koran's message of jihad, I think GW wanted them to remain that way.