Attack Catholicism? Progressive. Criticise Islam? Racist

In the recent wave of attacks across Baghdad, ISIS killed hundreds of innocent civilians, mostly Shia, as they celebrated Ramadan. These attacks were declared proof that “ISIS is anti-Islam” in various media headlines.

Yet when other religions are implicated in serious social harms — even against their own — these have been seen as inextricably linked to the offender’s religion.

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