OK, so President Obama and others are reluctant to blame “radical Islam” for Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, and don’t even want those two words uttered in reference to that and other recent terrorist acts.
After all, Obama says, it’s not fair to say anything that might somehow be viewed as condemning an entire religion or group of people for an act perpetrated by a madman purportedly acting alone. And don’t forget, Obama reminds us, the lack of gun control was the real culprit here, along with bigotry toward gays and hate perpetrated by certain Americans — especially those with views opposing his.
Above all else, he seems to be saying we must not cast any aspersions toward members of ethnic minorities or religious faiths, no matter how violent their behavior might be — especially Muslim extremists, illegal immigrants and others who always get a free pass.
In case you didn’t know, Washington maintains the State-Of-Denial Politically Correct Protection Program in addition to the no-fly and terrorist-watch lists.
Obama might truly believe his comments about not blaming radical Islamists and foreign-based terrorist organizations for violent incidents in the U.S., and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as far as sincerity.
Yet even if that is the case, I can’t help but hearken back to what was happening at almost exactly this time last year in the wake of the June 17, 2015, church shootings in Charleston.
It emerged then that the killer was a Confederate sympathizer. He acted alone, with no evidence he had been directed by the Ku Klux Klan or some white supremacist organization.
However, did a largely symbolic link to the CSA by Dylann Roof prevent scores of uninformed people nationwide, including elected officials such as the governor of South Carolina, from using it as political fodder to condemn everything associated with Confederate history?
Everyone knows what happened.
Rather than heed the advice Obama would offer one year later and not assess blame to an entire culture for one person’s violent act, people sat back and let exactly that happen.
We can’t target alive-and-well radical Islam for the actions of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen (even though he professed allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group and was influenced by its doctrines).
But somehow, all facets of Confederate history from 150 years ago were responsible for the Charleston attack, based on faulty assumptions about slavery — which the facts show was a relatively minor reason for the War Between the States.
Not only was the Confederate flag removed from the South Carolina Statehouse, there were calls to take down statues of Southern generals and monuments from public grounds, with some being vandalized. One councilman in Winston-Salem even sought to rename the annual Dixie Classic Fair held there.
In other words, the entire Southern culture was blamed for the Charleston shooting one year ago, whenever we now can’t seem to criticize radical Islam for anything.
While little or no outcry resulted from the desecration of Confederate monuments and statues, can you imagine the outrage today if somebody were to vandalize a mosque or advocate the removal of Muslim symbols over what happened in Orlando, and earlier in California?
It is just strange that people such as Obama are so willing to criticize Americans (including those sympathetic toward the Confederacy) while at the same time effectively defending foreign terrorists simply because they are tied to the Muslim faith. These are people who have made it clear they want to destroy America and all facets of Western life.
In looking at history, one of our many conflicts was against the Nazis in the second world war. Notice that I said Nazis and not Germans, which can be compared to the distinction being made today between the Islamic faith and its radical factions.
The Nazis were an outlaw regime of Germany’s government, and I think people were smart enough not to condemn that entire country because of the actions of Hitler’s bunch. America’s melting pot includes a hefty helping of German heritage, which was the case both before World War II and today.
So there is nothing wrong with calling out radical Islam in the same vein whenever it obviously is linked to U.S. deaths.
And if they’re not going to do that, the social-engineering hypocrites in our midst at least shouldn’t be so fast to attack others under similar circumstances — including Confederate supporters.
Tom Joyce is a staff writer for The Mount Airy News. He may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.