‘ISIS not Islamic or a state’

Demonstration to support Kurds and Yazidis persecuted by the Islamic State in Iraqi Kurdistan, 23th August 2014, Beaumarchais boulevard, Paris. (Photo: Jiel Beaumadier/Wikimedia Commons)
Demonstration to support Kurds and Yazidis persecuted by terrorists in Iraqi Kurdistan, August 2014, Beaumarchais Blvd., Paris. (Photo: Jiel Beaumadier/Wikimedia Commons)

The Human Rights Campaign has an article about the “barbarous” acts of violence being committed against LGBT people by the “Islamic State” in the territory it has seized — temporarily — in Iraq and Syria.

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone, does it? We all know that the terrorist lowlifes who make up that band of psychopathic thugs kill anyone who doesn’t share their twisted belief system — and that many of them are mercenaries or are committing atrocities for the sadistic sense of empowerment it gives them. They have nothing to do with Islam.

But it is sad to see the media — including HRC — legitimizing the terrorists in Iraq and Syria as “a state” — i.e. “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or “ISIS” or “IS” for “Islamic State.”

This band of mentally-deranged brutes is not a state, of course.  As one reader of the HRC article points out in the comments section below:

ISIS is not Islamic or a state. They also kill Christians, Muslims, children, Yezidis, and just about anyone who doesn’t like them. — a (Bi) Child of God

Of course, the media need a short name for the terrorist organization to use in headlines and articles. But by using “IS” and “ISIS,” they are inadvertently validating the shared delusion of a small number of religious fanatics at the core of the terrorist organization — the ones who are not doing it for pay or for the sadistic, perverse joy of killing — and legitimizing their warped mission.

True, it’s hard to know what to call the terrorists. Referring to them as “cockroaches” would be an insult to cockroaches, which do not commit such heinous acts of depravity. “Maggots” might be a better term, but then again, maggots serve a useful purpose while the terrorists serve no useful purpose.

There are really no short headline-type words in the English language — or any other language, no doubt — that would adequately describe the terrorists.

Still, it is the duty of journalists to find words that not only fit short spaces, but accurately describe individuals and situations. Referring to those barbarous killers as a state is simply inaccurate, objectively and journalistically speaking.

Meanwhile, the HRC report is not telling LGBT people what they didn’t already know. But the publication does remind readers that the terrorists are being recruited from more than 75 countries, including the United States.

In other words, they are emerging from cesspools around the world, and gathering in a place where they can be more easily eradicated — en masse.

Perhaps that’s why the West is taking its time with the operation . . . biding its time as more cesspool scumbags make their way to Iraq and Syria . . . but we digress.

The purpose of this post is to set a style for how we report on the terrorist organization. We will not give them the satisfaction of being called “a state.”

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7 thoughts on “‘ISIS not Islamic or a state’”

  1. “I’m sorry, but ISIS certainly is Islamic. Don’t try to whitewash the religion; you can read absolutely specific passages in the Quran that echo what ISIS is doing, from taking slaves to beheading “infidels.””

    You can find similar approbations within the “Christian” documents and their history. If Islam is evil, so is Christianity. Always has been. always will be.

    When my daughter had to read the Bible in her religion class (she went to a private high school) she told me that “The Bible is the most violent book of fiction that she had ever read.”

    Gotta love that girl.

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    1. I believe I wrote “This applies to Judaism and Christianity too, by the way.” But also we must remember the rest of my sentence: “but Islam poses the most pressing danger because of the large number of adherents coupled with the particularly savage nature of the “nasty bits” of the religion.”

      And yes, the Bible is incredibly violent, but the Quran is unmatched for the sheer delight it takes in describing how infidels are to be enslaved, tortured and murdered.

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        1. I don’t quite agree that Islam is what Christianity was a thousand years ago, though there are parallels. But do you really want to wait a thousand years for Islam to reform itself?

          Today, in 2015, Islam is far and away the most threatening religion for a variety of reasons I elucidated up above. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep an eye on all religions for warning signs.

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  2. I’m sorry, but ISIS certainly is Islamic. Don’t try to whitewash the religion; you can read absolutely specific passages in the Quran that echo what ISIS is doing, from taking slaves to beheading “infidels.”

    If you put your head in the sand and refuse to recognize the threat posed by Islam, then you’re in for a rude shock.

    NOTE: Of course, most Muslims are peaceful, decent people. I would never claim otherwise. The reason is that they are humanistic enough to politely ignore the worst aspects of their religion. But until that religion is reformed and the nasty bits expunged, we’ll continually be in danger from weak-minded people who fixate on and revel in the nasty bits. This applies to Judaism and Christianity too, by the way, but Islam poses the most pressing danger because of the large number of adherents coupled with the particularly savage nature of the “nasty bits” of the religion.

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