Obama insists ISIS murder of Jordanian pilot not Muslim
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
NEW YORK – Despite the efforts of President Obama and various Islamic scholars to deny that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s ISIS movement has anything to do with Islam, Baghdadi bases his army’s brutal tactics on sacred Islamic texts dating back to the time of Muhammad, as well as the Quran, that call for beheading and the burning to death of Muslims who betray Islam, such as was done to a captured Jordanian pilot.
According to a medieval Islamic scholar, a letter written by the first caliph to succeed Muhammad after the founder’s death in A.D. 632, Abu Bakr, states Muhammad “struck whoever turned his back to him until he came to Islam, willingly or grudgingly.”
Muhammad promised regarding anyone who abandoned Islam, Abu Bakr said, to “burn them with fire, slaughter them by any means, and take women and children captive.”
Meanwhile, at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Obama called ISIS a “death cult,” not an Islamic movement.
“We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends,” he said, reinforcing the White House’s insistence that the ISIS execution of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, 26, was a “barbaric” act that had nothing to do with Islam.
In an apparent effort to advance his argument, Obama cited historical examples of violence committed in the name of Jesus Christ that were antithetical to the core principles of Christianity.
“Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
“So it is not unique to one group or one religion,” he continued. “There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”
An article published by editorial fellow Jenna McLaughlin in the leftist publication Mother Jones went so far as to argue Islamic teachings explicitly forbids death by burning.
McLaughlin cited Emma El-Badawy, a Middle East expert from the University of Exeter in England, who told Sky News, “Burning someone alive is absolutely barbaric, and it is expressly forbidden in Islam.”
McLaughlin also noted that the Council on American-Islamic Relations – a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood named by the State Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas – held a press conference in response to the ISIS burning of the Jordanian pilot in which Nihad Awad, the national director, called the act “unspeakable and anti-Islamic.”
She also noted that Hussam Ayloush, director of the CAIR branch in Los Angeles, has argued, “as many Islamic clerics have,” that ISIS “should not even be compared to Islam, as it does not fit the category of an Islamic group, but rather a ‘murderous terrorist cult.’”
Obama: ‘barbaric act’
In his initial reaction to the ISIS video showing the Jordanian pilot being burned alive inside a cage, Obama characterized the murder as “barbarity,” distancing it from Islam.
“I just got word of the video that had been released,” Obama said. “I don’t know the details of the confirmation. But should this video be authentic, it’s just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization.
“And it I think it will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated,” Obama continued, refusing once more to characterize the violence as “Islamic terrorism.”
“It also just indicates the degree that whatever ideology they are operating out of, it is bankrupt,” the president said.
Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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