Islamist groups demand Obama remove training materials which promote the idea that Islam promotes violence.He submits.


Obama administration pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says | The Daily Caller  “Some believe the Obama administration’s Justice Department will go even further. “The Attorney General has announced what sounds like reprogramming if they find people who have actually received training” that Islamist groups find objectionable, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney told The Daily Caller. Gaffney is co-author of a report, published by the Center, titled “Sharia: The Threat to America.”…    …“I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for,” Holton said Wednesday. “They will not be tolerated.” Such training materials “pose a significant threat to national security, because they play into the false narrative propagated by terrorists that the United States is at war with Islam,” he added. “…..    RRD:Classical Islam(fn1) promotes violence and armed conflict.Classical Islam promotes the invasion & subjugation of foreign nations.There are areas where Al-Qaeda diverges from Classical Islam;most notably in their defense of suicide bombings(And of course Islam is hardly the only religion to promote bloodshed, fn2),but the “Islam is peace” view of history is absurd.       fn1.  By Classical Islam,I refer to Islam as it has been interpreted & practiced for centuries by mainstream Muslims.Not all past or contemporary Muslims subscribe to those beliefs.Some have attempted,sometimes at great risk to themselves,to bring about a Islamic version of the Renaissance,Reformation,or Enlightenment.They have yet to succeed.I base my statements on observation,the study of history,& Bernard Lewis.     See here:    fn2.   In Islamic tradition suicide–unless caused by literal insanity–is regarded as a mortal sin irrespective of circumstances that outweighs all past virtues & condemns the suicide to eternal damnation.The definition of suicide excludes throwing yourself in harms way,(such as going on a “suicide mission” ala The Assassins),but does includes anything done to cause your own death.It is considered to be blasphemously presumptuous, because “your life belongs to Allah”.Throwing yourself against the enemy,even if you face capture & certain death,by contrast,is not suicide;it is “martyrdom”.According to Lewis it is only in the 20th Century that suicide bombings became  became accepted by many Muslims as a form of “martyrdom”.And it remains controversial even among Jihadists.


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