There’s once again a shortage of our kind of news, so your Curmudgeon has the responsibility of creating some, which we will now do. The nightly news shows are filled with commentary about the strange refusal of President Obama to say that the ISIS movement in the Middle East is a manifestation of Islamic terrorism. Instead, he has resorted to a variety of euphemisms that leave many people puzzled. As our title forewarns, we propose a solution.
Your Curmudgeon has no expertise whatsoever in Islam — or theology in general — but the Wikipedia article on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant says:
The New York Times wrote: “For their guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic State … are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam.” … ISIL aims to return to the early days of Islam, rejecting all innovations in the religion, which it believes corrupt its original spirit. It condemns later caliphates and the Ottoman Empire for deviating from what it calls pure Islam … .
We’re not certain about ISIS or any of the other terrorist outfits, but it seems a safe bet that along with their other beliefs, they’re creationists. That would explain why the Discovery Institute has failed to blame their behavior on Darwin’s theory of evolution. The growing terrorist movement is alone in being left out of that notorious company, which includes Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and even World War I.
But the Discoveroids have never blamed Darwin for the terrorism that’s going on now, and the fact that they haven’t done so has finally dawned on us. It’s not easy to see what isn’t there, but often the thing that’s missing is very revealing, so we try to be aware of things that don’t happen when it’s natural that they should. (It’s like Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark in Silver Blaze).
The enemy that the entire Western world faces in this generation obviously isn’t attributable to evolution or to materialism. None of the other things named by the Discoveroids were either, but we all know that. So why don’t they condemn Darwin for what’s going on now? The reason is obvious: The adversary we face today is almost assuredly creationist, and that explains the Discoveroids’ silence.
But aside from embarrassing the Discoveroids and all the other creationists, which is reason enough for this post, we can use our new-found insight to help President Obama out of his strange rhetorical dilemma. So here it comes:
Hey, Obama — oops, we mean Mr. President: If you’re looking for a neat label for the enemy, but for some reason you can’t use the word “Islamist,” then you should call them creationist terrorists — because that’s what they are.
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