One of the many controversial debates that has taken place during this election season surrounds whether the Islamic religion is truly a “religion of peace.” Many leftists continue to vindicate this religiously-motivated group. Regardless of how many women are beaten or killed by their husbands or families, and how many Islamic followers undoubtedly join and fight for terrorist organizations, excuses for their actions abound.
One recurring defense goes like this: “We can’t criticize the Islamic religion when we have terrorist Christian organizations, like the Klu Klux Klan.” Much of the American left seems to have bought into this idea.
So, it’s worth asking: can we accurately compare ISIS and the KKK on a religious basis? Can we excuse the Islamic religion and its followers’ tendency to radicalize because another religion supposedly has a parallel likelihood of doing the same to its followers?
The left may buy into this idea, but I’m really not convinced.
It’s important to note that, as a part of this discussion I am NOT referring to the modern KKK organization. This is because the modern KKK (surprisingly) does not condone violence. Regardless of how questionable the group may be for other reasons, this is a serious factor to take into account. This distinguishes the modern KKK’s conduct from radical Islamic terror groups.
The original KKK, as it was originally founded in the late 1800s and resurrected in the 1950s and 1960s, wrongfully targeted, murdered and destroyed the homes of African-Americans, among other bad acts. Though the modern KKK doesn’t fit the “terrorist” label, making that same claim about the original KKK is dubious at best.
Even though both ISIS and the original KKK used violence, there’s an important distinction. The original KKK disobeyed what the Bible commands, whereas ISIS follows what the Qu’ran says.
The KKK organization cannot justify its acts of violence towards black people using Scripture. Nor can they back their determination to preserve white supremacy by using the Bible. Plenty of verses, including Galatians 2:14, Revelations 7:9-10, Romans 10:12-13, and Acts 10:28, make it clear that Christianity transcends racial differences.
As for committing acts of violence in general, consider Matthew 5:38-47:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also…You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
Regarding ISIS, however, several verses directly out of the Qu’ran defend their barbaric actions. And as an interesting side fact, ISIS fighters spend most of their time in religion classes studying the Qu’ran. Passages such as Al-Ma’idah 5:33-34, Al-Baqarah, 2:191, and Al-Anfal 8:12-13 glorify violence as a part of their text.
One strongly-worded passage may be found in Muhammad 47:4-6:
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.
If you are curious in learning more, read The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer. Spencer breaks down the grim facts of the vexed religion even further.
It’s unfortunate that the left conveniently forgets this fundamental difference when spewing their cringeworthy arguments. It’s a lousy attempt at justifying the violence that is a byproduct of the Islamic religion.