Hey, Obama: Why Not “Creationist Terrorists”?

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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19 responses to “Hey, Obama: Why Not “Creationist Terrorists”?

  1. Of course, technically the version of Creation recounted in the Koran isn’t quite pure-quill Genesis, so as far as the creationists are concerned it’s as wrong and evil as Darwinism. (Not that they’re peddling religion or anything, perish he thought! It’s all 100 percent legitimate science, honest!)

  2. The New York Times wrote: “For their guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic christian State … are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi creationist movement of Sunni Islam.”fundamentalist christianityISILthe discovery institute aims to return to the early days of Islamchristianity, rejecting all innovations in the religionscience, which it believes corrupt its original spirit. It condemns later caliphates and the Ottoman Empirescience organizations for deviating from what it calls pure Islamirrational religion … .

  3. As for President Obama, he’s got a lot of plates spinning and is trying to pull Iran into balance. I figure he knows more than I or any other citizen about all the moving parts.

    Sadly, the ISIS fighters take their fanaticism from the Bible, from Pat Robertson and from Jerry Falwell whom they believe know the exact date of the coming apocalypse. ISIS fighters interpret the Book of Daniel and other prophesies to mean Jesus and Mahdi will return together and convert the Christians to Islam. So thank the Christians for this one too.

  4. Hey, I like Wasabi! What’s all this bad press its getting lately?

  5. @DavidK, that is brilliant but scary because it is not far from what they are doing

  6. Only a few seconds of googling:

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/isis-targets-evolution-iraqi-schools

    “Islamic State explicitly prohibits lessons on “Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.”

  7. It really is fundamentalism, not religion per se, that is the problem. I believe that any absolutist world view can lead to this kind of barbaric behavior. Religion adds the dimension of making the absolutism extend to all eternity, which throws gas on the fire. But history has shown many examples of people who will kill for their beliefs and not all of those beliefs have been religious.

  8. Considering the latest development with ISIL is to aim to have a stronghold in northern Libya so they can use it as a base to attack southern Europe (obviously Rome being their ultimate goal), I personally don’t think them not believing in evolution is that important (and I say that as a research scientist). I agree with the above comments that it is fundamentalism, not religion per se, that causes the vast majority of problems.

  9. Jason says: “I personally don’t think them not believing in evolution is that important [to ISIS].”

    Yes, but it wasn’t important to Hitler or Stalin either — in fact they didn’t accept evolution. Stalin definitely rejected it, and Hitler probably knew nothing about it — he never even mentioned it. Nevertheless, the Discoveroids attribute their behavior to Darwin. But they don’t even try to make that connection with ISIS, because it’s so obvious that they’re not “Darwinists.” Nor are they rational in any other way, so their existence is ignored by the Discoveroids.

  10. The situation in Iraq is a result of an unsustainable democracy where the shiite majority can always out vote the sunni minority. (The Kurds in the north already were mostly autonomous). This created a situation where the sunnis were oppressed by police and had no voice in goverment. This resulted in rebellion. What portion of the population becomes rebels? It is the most extreme element of the society, this obviously includes fundamentalists. For the ISIS minority (and it is a minority) to subjugate the surrounding areas had to resort to ruthlessness to assert their authority. The growth is very much like a cancer starting small and then taking over.
    If there was a Sunni Iraq state after the U.S. left the area it would have been stable and created less disconent that eventually led to the formation of the ruthless rebellion that you see today.
    Certainly there are fundamentalist elements in there, but it is a bit like the tail wagging the dog. It would be incorrect to see it primarily as a religious movement as well.

  11. Yes, SC, totally agree that the Discoveroids are never going to make that connection and will continue to bang on about Hitler, Stalin etc in willful ignorant bliss.

    BTW, ISIS is called ISIL over here (UK), apparently ISIS has been copyrighted. Whether it’s by a certain Greek Godess I’ve no idea.

  12. @Jason: Just for the record — “ISIS has been copyrighted. Whether it’s by a certain Greek Egyptian Godess I’ve no idea.”

  13. Note that the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik used Christianity, specifically WorldNetDaily editorials quoting the Bible, to justify his murder of kids, but creationists all called him a Darwinist terrorist.

    The Islamic creationist Harun Yahya says that all terrorists are atheist Darwinists, even Islamic terrorists, he says they’re all really atheists and Darwinists when they’re screaming “God is great!” and shooting up the place.

    Meanwhile Ellis Washington, formerly of WND, blamed the Christian crusades and Islamic terrorism on Darwinism. He and Harun Yahya would probably agree on that. Darwin is to blame for every evil, especially religious evil.

  14. Diogenes says: “Meanwhile Ellis Washington, formerly of WND, blamed the Christian crusades and Islamic terrorism on Darwinism.”

    Even the crusades were Darwin’s fault? Well, yes. I suppose so.

  15. Ellis Washington, quoting a demon, a variant on the currently super-popular “Putting words in a fictional atheist’s mouth” meme: “: Yes, Lord Satan, but before we have a bringing together, we need a new worldview, and before we have a new worldview, we must have a paradigm shift, a game changer. We need humanity to first change its worldview from biblical theism to evolution atheism. Our useful idiot in England, Charles Darwin, achieved this for us. In 40 years, with the help of our dutiful foot soldiers, the college professors of the academy spread the lies of evolution, atheism, dialectical materialism, social Darwinism, including natural selection, survival of the fittest, the world over.

    With this atheist worldview established throughout the Earth, it was easy to establish what the Nazis called Gleichschaltung, or bringing into line, which quickly morphed into forcing into line (at threat of death). Pick any cataclysmic event in the history of the world – paganism, slavery, abortion, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, World War I and II. It all followed the same diabolical pattern, the same two simple techniques and strategies, Weltanschauung and Gleichschaltung. We murdered billions and billions and billions of people…” [Symposium: Cult of acceptance. Ellis Washington. WND. May 10, 2013]

  16. Ellis believed the Crusades were bad, so of course Darwin must be to blame for things that are bad. Of course many Christians are pro-Crusades so they would not give Darwin the credit for a good thing.

    One surprising recent development is how many conservative Christians turn out to be supporters of the Crusades. 900 years later they still want to re-fight that. This was accelerated by Obama saying that Christians had done bad things during the Crusades (note he didn’t say that the Crusades were unjustified, just that Christians did bad things during them), so the conservatives went ape $%^.

    Even if it hadn’t been for Obama, sooner or later the conservatives would have had to rehabilitate the Crusades. Our moral superiors can’t be expected to admit their co-religionists ever did something bad. Bad things are what atheists do.

    Rick Santorum some time ago had pioneered the pro-Crusades platform for the Republican Party: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.” [Santorum at South Carolina campaign stop, Feb. 22, 2011; Politico, Feb. 23, 2011 ], though it was not obvious to me that being pro-Crusades is a “core American value”, or that “Onward Christian Soldiers” reworded as “Onward American Soldiers” should now be our anthem, or how a phrase like “on our part” should apply to Medieval mass murderers because we Americans are still supposed to share their faith.

    After Obama’s comments, a few of the pro-Crusades rats that have crawled from the woodwork recently are Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who demanded an apology from Obama and said “The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages” (along the way defending the Catholic Inquisition for good measure), Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) who said, “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States… Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share,” (though I was unaware that being pro-Crusades was a value “we all share”), the Christian lady whose name I forget who called Obama’s words “verbal rape”, and lastly Mayor Rudy Guiliani, who says, “I’m not sure how wrong the Crusades are.” Ah, the moral clarity of conservative Christianity! Rudy, you see, is only “tough on crime” when it’s committed by blacks.

    900 years later and the Republicans think that positioning themselves as the Pro-Crusades Party is a winner for them. I feel like singing like Elsa, “Let it go.”

  17. P.S. I have to salute again the moral clarity of the Republican Party.

    Rudy Guiliani, once a candidate for Governor, said “I’m not sure how wrong the Crusades are.” His absolute, conservative, Christian morality can’t help him crack that nut 900 years later. Can’t figure out whether killing every living Cathar, slaughtering Jews on the way to the boats, and killing every man, woman and child in Jerusalem might be a bad thing. Nope. No great Christian geniuses to help him assess whether that might be good or bad. That’s too tough of a problem for the geniuses of Christianity to figure out.

    But one day after Obama says that during the Crusades some Christians did some bad things, the conservative lady, Star Parker, can appear on “Hannity” on Fox News in front of millions of people, and after one day of thinking it over, she can conclude he raped her “Verbal rape is what it was” . Yeah, it took her only one day to figure out that his “raping her” was bad, and she didn’t even need to ask a bishop or anything.

    So you see, there are some moral problems that got all figured out.

  18. “Protocol 2: … 3. Do not suppose for a moment that these statements are empty words: think carefully of the successes we arranged for Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzsche-ism. To us Jews, at any rate, it should be plain to see what a disintegrating importance these directives have had upon the minds of the GOYIM” Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

    The “Protocols” are an infamous ant-Semitic fraud, conspiracy theory. I should make it clear that I am not accusing anybody who sees a conspiracy between Darwin, Marx and Nietzsche an anti-Semite.

  19. Speaking of the Crusades as a defensive action against Moslem aggression, one might bear in mind the Siege of Constantinople (1203) when the Crusaders pillaged Christian Constantinople.