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Schools of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - non are "Ideologies."

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Mar 26, 2016 at 22:03

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I agree with your views "98.6 %" of the time.

The most serious disagreement I have with you is that you call the latest, violent, school of Islam, that practiced, observed, and believed by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh an ideology.

I think, deep down, that betrays what a nice man you are. You want Islam not to be tarnished by what these fanatics are doing.

On this point, we also no that in the West, Cults start up, and are tolerated. The fact is that today's Cult is Tomorrow's Religion.

Another term, one used by the Ambassador of Saudi Arania to the United States, is that of School, the Wahhabi school of Islam.

So why not simply call Daesh a school of Islam? Are you concerned with dignifying it that way?

I'll raise the issue of "ism" another time - but here I just want to observe that in my view a disciple school of Islam, ISIS, isn't explained in any useful way by calling it an Ideology. As far as I know, you are the only one who thinks it useful that this phenomena in Islam is somehow accounted for by labeling it an Ideology. I think is strategically much more effective for the rest of the world to confront the 1.5 billion Muslims of the world to account for the rise of this particular (15%) school of Islam. Better yet, we school call for a non-violent Crusade against it. And we should ask for Hindu Ghandi non-violent Resistance against it. And even Marxists, Communists, and Socialist should be asked to come out against this particular "opiate of the masses." The fact that Marxists have been marginalized (outside of China) does not mean the world has no longer any. It's probably funny to discover that this Islam is a consequence of Capitalism as far as the Far Left is concerned.

The only reason I can think of to explain why you still maintain that Islamist is an Ideology, and not a Religion, is because you are a very nice guy who studied Islam, and you do not wish to admit that this Religion can have such a horrible offspring.

There is the problem in the world that an offspring of today's Muslim refugee in Europe will in 20 years find himself adhering to ISIS. So the European Union should invade Syria and Iraq and re-settle it's millions of Muslims back in their home where Islamist took root among mostly Muslims.

Journalist Patrick J. Buchanan has a clearer, and more succinct, view of my point of view, perhaps, here:

"BUCHANAN: Is ISIS faithful to Islam"
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/03/26/buchanan-isis-faithful-islam/82295760/

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