It’s hard to believe someone could believe in an ancient myth-book so completely that they would like to kill those who don’t believe their brand of religion, but ISIS clearly outlines why they hate the West and guess what?
Religion is the #1 reason.
We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah – whether you realize it or not – by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him, claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices.”
Blowing people up isn’t considered ‘devilish’ but simply disbelieving your version of religion is.
Even if you’re religious but say you’re a Christian or some other brand of religion, you’re still lumped in there because you don’t believe the exact same thing these people do.
“In the case of the atheist fringe, we hate you and wage war against you because you disbelieve in the existence of your Lord and Creator.”
It should be very, very clear to you that this has something to do with religion. Two of the top 3 reasons are religious in nature. We need to stop making excuses for religion and own up to the fact that yes, it contains some very vile ideas and when read literally, it can help fuel the sort of hate-puke you see mirrored here.
But there’s more:
What’s important to understand here is that although some might argue that your foreign policies are the extent of what drives our hatred, this particular reason for hating you is secondary, hence the reason we addressed it at the end of the above list.
“The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.”
They reference the bombing etc and the political reasons, but here they clearly state that even if all of that were to cease tomorrow, they would still wage war on us until every single person believes in their religion the way they believe in it.
Sure, there’s more than one reason to be angry at the West. That’s clearly painted in their diatribe, but riddled throughout the list is religion and religious reasons.
Can we finally stop pretending that when someone says they’re doing something in the name of religion (whatever that religion) that they don’t mean it? Can we finally admit that beliefs can and do inform our actions?
Of course not every Muslim is in love with ISIS. That’s also clear, but for the people who DO belong to ISIS or sympathize with them, religion does indeed play a large factor in why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Yes it’s partly geopolitical.
Yes it’s because they’ve been radicalized.
Yes it’s partly because of foreign policy.
Yes it might have something to do with wealth and the distribution of wealth.
But yes, it also has something to do with fundamentalist religion and we need to start recognizing that and finding ways to constructively deal with it.