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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Of all the growing divides in America, none is sharper than that between city and country. For rural residents, existential issues on the national level are seen as magnified versions of personal considerations: Does the country have enough food, fuel and minerals? Can America defend itself, protect its friends and punish its enemies? These concerns differ markedly from the urbanite's worry about whether the government will provide services to take care of vulnerable populations or whether those of different races and religions can get along in such a crowded environment. Add all this up and rural residents are more likely to be conservative and thus Republican, their urban counterparts liberal and logically Democratic. Most hot-button issues -- deficit spending, defense, same-sex marriage, amnesty, affirmative action, gun control, and abortion -- break along rural or urban lines. read more


The old Republican mantra: if you can't be right, lie lie lie.

#10 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2015-11-18 06:56 PM

ISIS is about as Muslim as David Koresh was a Christian.

#12 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2015-11-18 07:39 PM

You are aware that ISIS claimed responsibility, no?

#15 | POSTED BY WOE_IS_W AT 2015-11-18 08:13 PM

Wow, the idiocy is running strong today...edumacate yourselves:

Every time the Islamic State commits yet another attack or atrocity, Muslims, particularly Western Muslims, shudder...The impulse to separate Islam from the sins and crimes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is understandable, and it often includes statements such as ISIS has "nothing to do with Islam" or that ISIS is merely "using Islam" as a pretext. The sentiment is usually well-intentioned.

But saying something for the right reasons doesn't necessarily make it right. An overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose ISIS and its ideology. But that's not quite the same as saying that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, when it very clearly has something to do with it.

If you actually look at ISIS's approach to governance, it would be difficult – impossible, really – to conclude that it is just making things up as it goes along and then giving it an Islamic luster only after the fact.

There is a role for Islamic apologetics – if defending Islam rather than analyzing it is your objective. I am a Muslim myself, and it's impossible for me to believe that a just God could ever sanction the behavior of groups like ISIS.

But if the goal is to understand ISIS, then I, and other analysts who happen to be Muslim, would be better served by cordoning off our personal assumptions and preferences. What Islam should be and what Islam is actually understood to be by Muslims (including extremist Muslims) are very different things.

Does ISIS really have nothing to do with Islam? Islamic apologetics carry serious risks.

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