Once called the love that dare not speak its name, homosexuality has become more than just accepted in western culture. It is celebrated. Gays and lesbians were able to achieve equality in our society in no small part because people did begin to say what it is. They would speak its name. When it comes to radical Islam, however, that’s a different story, at least as far as US President Obama is concerned. He has steadfastly refused to associate Islam with any of the acts of terror perpetrated in its name, nor will he use the word Islam when describing the war against ISIL (The first “I” stand for Islamic) He argues that using the term radical Islam will do nothing to change the fight or the ideology and while there’s truth to that it’s also true to suggest that there’s a sidestepping of reality to ignore the fact.
We’ve all heard, ad nauseum, that not all Muslims are terrorists, a fact which is self evident, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t terrorists who are Muslims and who commit acts of terror and genocide in the case of ISIL, in its name. From Al Queda to ISIL we are told that the war against the west is in the name of Allah and Islam. You can debate whether or not this is a perversion of Islam, as so many within the faith have convincingly done, but that fails to negate the facts. From Bin Laden to Al Baghdadi it is Islam which is invoked.
It may not change a thing materially to call radical Islam what it is. However, to not name it at best gives off the appearance of appeasement and at worst, of cowardice.