At last, someone who is willing to approach the truth. This shouldn’t even be controversial: nothing is more obvious than the fact that ISIS has everything to do with Islam.
“Justin Welby: It’s time to stop saying Isil has ‘nothing to do with Islam,’” by John Bingham, Telegraph, November 18, 2016:
Claims that the atrocities of the Islamic State have “nothing to do with Islam” are harming efforts to confront and combat extremism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted.
Religious leaders of all varieties must “stand up and take responsibility” for the actions of extremists who profess to follow their faith, the Most Rev Justin Welby said.
He argued that unless people recognise and attempt to understand the motivation of terrorists they will never be able to combat their ideology effectively.
It follows calls from a series of high profile figures for people to avoid using the term Islamic State – also known as Isil, Isis and Daesh – because, they say, its murderous tactics go against Islamic teaching and that using the name could help legitimise the group’s own propaganda.
But the Archbishop said that it is essential to recognise extremists’ religious motivation in order to get to grips with the problem.
He also said it was time for countries across Europe to recognise and rediscover the “Judaeo Christian” roots of their culture to find solutions to the mass disenchantment which led to the Brexit vote in the UK and the rise of anti-establishment leaders in the continent and beyond.
His comments came during a lecture at the Catholic Institute of Paris, as he was awarded an honorary doctorate.
Although the Archbishop voted for the UK to remain in the European Union, his lecture contained a scathing critique of “centralisation, corruption and bureaucracy” in the EU which he said he handed its opponents “easy ammunition”….