I feel compelled to write on this topic due to the consistent reoccurrence of the following arguments:
- Terrorism is not the greatest threat facing our country
- The rebuttal that “Christians are terrorists too”
- Calling these attacks “Radical Islamic terrorism” is politically incorrect
These extremist groups have waged a war against the western world, as exemplified time and time again by atrocities paralleling that of the recent London Bridge incident and Manchester tragedy.
In 2013, the overall percentage of terrorism attacks increased by 61%. The most recent (reliable) data puts the total number of attacks in 2015 at 11,774, with a fatality rate of 28,328. Of these attacks, 81% were carried out at the hands of Islamic extremism, specifically: ISIL, Boko Haram and the Taliban.
This is not a war that is fading into oblivion; this is a crisis that is running rampant throughout the world. While the number of attacks on American soil is comparably low, it is still an issue that should demand our attention.
These terror groups have attempted, and in a few cases succeeded, in attacking the United States in recent years. I have no doubt that they will continue to target Americans in times to come. The threat of terrorism is not at our doorstep any longer, it is inside our house, as it has been since 9/11.
To put imagery to my argument, the tornado is terrorism. Those who believe it is not a problem are the man mowing the lawn. Don’t be the man mowing the lawn.
The argument that “Christians kill people too” is increasingly irrelevant as far as this narrative is concerned. The atrocities committed by Christians is confined to an entirely separate can of worms.
In recent years, no Christian group has come close to the level of terrorism incited by ISIS alone. In 2015, ISIS attacks account for 6,141 deaths, as revealed by the “National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism: Annex of Statistical Information.” Christian extremism did not even make an appearance in the study because terrorism is dominated by radical Islamic groups. The Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism states that “The Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) remain the greatest threat globally.”
Political correctness has become a scapegoat to justify intolerance of opposing views. We, as a nation, have become so entangled in the rhetoric that we have lost grip of the topic itself. The “terrorism” I am referring to is, indeed, carried out by Islamic extremist groups. Yes, these groups are inciting terror at the hands of Islam.
This is NOT to say that all Muslims are terrorists, such a statement is so obscenely false that is seems futile to provide this disclaimer, but I digress.
The truth of the matter is that the primary victims of terrorism are Muslims. The same National Consortium study referenced earlier, states that Muslims “suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities” from 2010 to 2015. Clearly, all Muslims do not agree with the views of these radical groups, which is why adjectives like “extremism” and “radical” are employed to differentiate.
Furthermore, it is clearly stated in the Quran that it is forbidden to kill fellow followers of Allah: “Do not kill yourselves or one another.” (Quran 4:29). This proves that the actions of these groups do not always hold true to the religion they are advocating.
Yet, after 9/11 the words “Allauh Akbar!” were exclaimed. The Taliban, ISIS and Al-Qaeda credit their victories to “Allah’s will”. In this case, terrorism does have a religion; a religion that has been ripped apart by bloodshed and violence, a religion whose values have been tossed aside in the rise of jihadists, a religion so deeply destroyed by extremism that is almost unrecognizable to many of its followers. Terrorism has a religion. Terrorism has a religion that needs our help.
Below I have attached all my sources and a few other links you may find useful if you wish to seek further information: