One criticism conservatives have consistently held against President Obama and his supporters is regarding their refusal to label acts of violence and murder conducted specifically by members of the Muslim faith as “Radical Islamism/Jihadism.” The reasoning for that decision is to prevent the world from viewing one of it’s largest religions as a catalyst for terror and hate simply from the acts of a fringe population within it. It’s also to move away from the idea that no other members of other religions exhibit violent behavior (I’m looking at you Christianity).
“From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say,” said Clinton.” “And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we — whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.”
Hillary went on to say that her use of the term shouldn’t be misconstrued as a signal to judge all followers of the Muslim faith because of the actions of a small percentage of extremists.
“What I won’t do, because I think it is dangerous for our efforts to defeat this threat, is to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion,” she said. “That plays right into ISIS’ hands.”
Clinton also went on to speak about gun control and combat against Donald Trump’s claim that if more people were allowed to carry weapons, the tragedy that took place in Pulse this past weekend wouldn’t have occurred.
“We can’t fall into the trap that is set up by the gun lobby that says if you can’t stop every shooting in every incident you should not try to stop any. We did have an assault weapons ban for ten years. I think it should be reinstated,” she said.
Hopefully Clinton’s optimist that people won’t omit the word “radical” from radical Islamism and unfairly consider all Muslims dangerous, which would only send us further down a dark path we’ve been on for decades.
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