The problem with the word ‘Islamophobia’

The terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand has left the world in shock.  The shooter hated Muslims and Islam, and because of his hatred, he murdered 50 innocent people.  His victims included a three-year-old boy.

After a terrorist attack, people want to know not only what happened, but also why.  Terrorists don’t kill people without a reason.  They do so because of their beliefs.  The shooter’s hatred of Muslims and Islam is rooted in the toxic ideologies of white supremacy and white nationalism.

In identifying what ideology motivates terrorists, there is a double standard on the political left.  When Barack Obama was president, he refused to condemn “radical Islamic terrorists” because he didn’t want Americans to believe that Islam has anything to do with terrorism.  Instead, he called them “violent extremists.”

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