what isis really wants - the atlantic




source: Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His personal site is gcaw.net.

The Islamic State’s ideology exerts powerful sway over a certain subset of the population. Life’s hypocrisies and inconsistencies vanish in its face. Musa Cerantonio and the Salafis I met in London are unstumpable: no question I posed left them stuttering. They lectured me garrulously and, if one accepts their premises, convincingly. To call them un-Islamic appears, to me, to invite them into an argument that they would win. If they had been froth-spewing maniacs, I might be able to predict that their movement would burn out as the psychopaths detonated themselves or became drone-splats, one by one. But these men spoke with an academic precision that put me in mind of a good graduate seminar. I even enjoyed their company, and that frightened me as much as anything else.

Non-muslims cannot tell Muslims how to practice their religion properly. But Muslims have long since begun this debate within their own ranks. “You have to have standards,” Anjem Choudary told me. “Somebody could claim to be a Muslim, but if he believes in homosexuality or drinking alcohol, then he is not a Muslim. There is no such thing as a nonpracticing vegetarian.”


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Mark de LA says
If I had a Muslim cleric in a safe place to question & had one question to ask him I would ask how he justifies the Golden Rule being part of Islam & not call out all those who commit atrocities. A corollary would be if they recognize Jesus as a prophet as well how can they rationalize killing Christians.

Mark de LA says
Non-muslims cannot tell Muslims how to practice their religion properly.
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Yet in the USA the government can tell Christians that they must not discrimminate against gays & abortion if they are in business & want to practice their "Christian Values" .


Mark de LA says
The Prime Directive works for everyone unless you think that Universe is yours.
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