Deluded Guelph writer on Islamic State: We need to change the name because Islam does not permit their atrocities

…We need to change the name. We need to stop calling it the Islamic State and move toward something else. We need to do this because these are not the actions that Islam would allow. By holding onto the name of Islamic State, any actions against ISIL could be considered a religious action against Islam.

Da’ish — or DAESH — has been proposed by some, is an acronym from the Arabic name. Daesh is a particularly problematic name because it apparently has derogatory connotations. It is similar to the Arabic word “Daes” which means “one who crushes underfoot,” or Dahes “one who sows discord.” Not ideal names, to be sure, but certainly more accurate than Islamic State.

It might seem like a pedantic quibble, that it doesn’t really matter what name we give to something, what matters is what the thing actually is. I think this is wrong; the names we give to things shape how we respond to them. By legitimating the activity of extremists through giving them a name that represents a religion and purports to declare itself as a governing body, we allow ourselves the possibility of shirking the responsibility of working toward ending these atrocities…

Aaron Massecar is a Guelph resident, educator and author.

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  • luna

    It might seem like a pedantic quibble, that it doesn’t really matter what name we give to something, what matters is what the thing actually is. I think this is wrong; the names we give to things shape how we respond to them.

    Let’s stop calling Islam a religion.

    • winniec

      ‘Din’ is the word translated into English as ‘religion’. It is closer to ‘legal system’ than it is to religion. ‘Din’ in Islam means a system of theocratic governance and cultural mores rolled into one. ‘Din’ is the COMPLETE SYSTEM of Islam, rather than merely ‘religion’.

  • ontario john

    Gee, do you think the teachings of islam and the teachings of Jesus Christ are just a wee bit different?

    • winniec

      Yes, Islam has no universal Golden Rule. It has a ‘tribal’ or ‘fraternal’ rule that applies compassion and concern only to Muslims. ‘Others’ are the property of the Islamic state…similar to cattle.

  • David Murrell

    “We need to change the name. We need to stop calling it the Islamic State and move toward something else…”.

    The Jesuit State? The Virgin Mary State?

    • Frau Katze

      Some would like those names better!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    OK then, call it the Quaker State, since it has oil.

  • Alain

    He is no educator. He is an agent of propaganda and deceit and needs to be called out and shamed.

    • DD_Austin

      He is a professional academic tax leech with the usual buttkissattained
      Phd crackjack arts diploma and a poster boy for the immigration/poverty/government employee industry.

      It is no surprise this butt barnacle is associated with the weasels at UofG

      http://www.aaronmassecar.com/about-me/

      I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I received my undergraduate
      honours degree in philosophy at King’s University College at Western
      University. I then spent two years in Leuven, Belgium on my Master’s
      Degree, again in philosophy. And to round it out, I finished up my PhD
      in philosophy at The University of Guelph.

      I have been president of various student clubs at the different campuses that I attended, sometimes as a departmental philosophy club president and also as the Graduate Students’ Association president. I have also sat on the Board
      of Governors and various other committees both inside and outside the
      university.

      In addition, I have been working in Writing Services in the Library since 2007 as a Writing Specialist. My main work involves helping students develop their writing, but I have also supervised a department and am now managing a project that helps First Generation Students become successful.

      I am also involved with various community organizations such as the Co-Operators Community Advisory Panel, the Adopt-A-Family Program for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, and I am also a Director for the Southern Ontario Amazing Race in support of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.

    • winniec

      Aaron Massecar is a pseudointellectual who has not studied or even read Islam’s source texts.

      • Frau Katze

        Classic “gutmensch” (do gooder, but with a pejorative meaning)..

  • Xavier

    ISIS has committed two blunders – not crimes – in the eyes of Moslems: they implicated Islam with their name, and they attest the Qur’an is the source of their savagery.

    The Moslem sympathizers who say they want to stop ISIS actually want to stop ISIS from exposing the truth of Islam.

    • winniec

      ISIS minutely follows the Sira and hadiths and declares (with all the great Islamic teachers of history) that jihad is the most important action in Islam, more important than prayer. Jihad is the ‘neglected duty’.

      Reading the source texts of Islam is the ‘neglected duty’ of pseudointellectual Aaron Massecar.

      • I think – and I’m only saying this to try to be scrupulous – I suspect that the murder of pre-pubescent children is not sanctioned. And ISIS seems to be into that. http://pamelageller.com/2014/12/59109.html/

        • eMan14

          Yet it does happen. As recently happened with that Yemeni man, a Muslim, who tortured and killed his 10 year old daughter for allegedly having sex.
          Is it sanctioned by Islam? I can’t answer that. But one of the problems with Islam, and there are many, is that if I understand correctly, is that there is no central governing authority in Islam. So the rules of conduct could vary from region to region. Honour killings seem to be justified. I suppose outright murder may not be.
          We have the Quran, the Sira, and the hadith’s. Sharia has it’s own special place.
          Having said that… I really need to do more research.

  • cmh

    let’s go picket his house

  • Mickey Oberman

    “Islam does not permit their atrocities”

    Islam is responsible for their atrocities.
    Are they doing anything that Mohammed did not or would not do?

  • winniec

    “We need to do this because these are not the actions that Islam would allow.”

    Aaron Massecar is using the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy, when in fact he doesn’t possess a copy of Sharia law (which I do and read almost every day).

    Aaron Massecar is speaking out of his hat.

    ISIS is self-consciously, minutely and scrupulously Islamic, and follows Sharia law in the most detailed manner. No Islamic authority in existence has said that ISIS is not Islamic. They merely say ISIS should not call other Muslims ‘hypocrites’ when in fact those other Muslims are not applying Sharia in the same careful manner. In point of fact, most Muslims are not applying Sharia carefully. Such lax Muslims are called ‘hypocrites’ in the Koran.

    Aaron Massecar has not read the Sira, hadiths or Koran or Sharia law and considers himself an expert on Islam when he is actually a pseudointellectual.

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly.

  • Barrington Minge

    Need a new name? who about “Bloodsoaked 7th century death cult” or “Mad Mooslims R Us”…..any more?