Aussie apologist: Has Andrew Bolt fallen into the extremists’ trap of linking Islamic State with Islam?

If we want to defeat extremism then we need to play a very careful and long game. We must not inadvertently play into the hands of extremists by giving them false credibility for fighting a supposedly holy cause.

Has columnist Andrew Bolt fallen into the extremists’ trap in his recent column?

Writing for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Bolt called for an end to the supposed “denial of Islamic fundamentalism” and criticised the authorities for playing down Sydney hostage murderer Man Haron Monis’ religion.

Inadvertently, he may be playing into the hands of the Islamic extremists and unintentionally contributing to their objectives…

…Let’s also not fall into the trap of believing that these murderers represent a religion. They do not. Call them for what they are – murderers and not fighters for a belief. Do not give them perceived legitimacy by attaching them to a false cause…

  • WalterBannon

    more nonsense from “progressives”

  • Martin B

    “Call them for what they are – murderers and not fighters for a belief”

    They are murderers, thieves, terrorists, rapists, and pedophiles – just like their prophet. Everything they say & do is pure Islam, exactly the way Mo himself taught & practiced.

  • Jay Currie

    The whole “not Islam” trope is wearing very thin indeed. Islam attracts, motivates and justifies these murderous numbers. Which, were I a Muslim, would worry me. Could it be that there is something inherent in Islam which creates the lone wolves, the jihadi and the IS or Taiwan fanatics? Is there a reason why the world’s terrorism is virtually all driven by Islam?

    Recognising evil is not difficult; recognising it’s root cause in an evil “religion” is not so hard either.

  • suzanne

    Absolute Nonsense. Bolt is admirable journalist, better than most leftoid ‘jernos’

  • pdxnag

    The “false credibility” is that there is a non-violent Islam, so that we don’t end all Muslim immigration/colonization. Only non-Muslims believe in such nonsense. Beware the Islam is Peace Trap, claptrap.

  • Minicapt

    The author worked for the UN in Afghanistan, so I can where a problem might have developed.


    • Frau Katze

      That sounds entirely plausible.

  • Richard of Sydney

    So. Humans killed a terrorist who had nothing to do with Islam. Why then, are the rug kissers complaining? Are the Scientologists complaining about him being taken out? The Presbyterians?

  • Why would a large number of people join together for murder and mayhem if they had no belief in common driving them? Why would they all declare Islam to be that common belief driving them if it was not in fact true?