The Politics of Islam

Many Americans are deeply misguided about Islam, according to an op-ed in the Washington Post by freelance journalist Michael Schulson. Those foolish souls believe that Islam is less a religion and more a political philosophy. More appalling, these bamboozled Americans now have a champion in the White House. In Schulson’s view, this is a misconception founded not just in prejudice but in provincial America’s cultural sequestration. This view is obnoxious and simplistic. Americans have not been hoodwinked into thinking that Islam is as much a theory of social organization as it is a religion; they have observed it.

Schulson’s op-ed reaches the conclusion that Americans like those in key administration positions are mistaken to see Islam as a political ideation before it has comprehensively made that case. Having assumed his conclusion, the author leaps into a fatuous attempt to diagnose the malady afflicting American minds. “For many Americans, confusion about religious law, political ideology and Sharia may reflect a distinctly Christian, and especially Protestant, way of thinking about the nature of religion,” he suggested.