United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement on Thursday, just one day after the terror attack in London that resulted in the death of four Londoners, at the House of Commons that said the terror attack was NOT an act of ‘Islamic terrorism.’
This statement comes as a little odd because the perpetrator behind the attack was already discovered to be Khalid Masood, a follower of Islam and a known associate of the Islamic State (aka ISIS).
Prime Minister May went on to say that using the term ‘Islamic Attack’ is not the right term because the ideology the man was following was a “perversion” of the true form of Islam.
From Young Conservatives:
“I absolutely agree, and it is wrong to describe this as ‘Islamic terrorism’,” she said. “It is ‘Islamist terrorism’, it is a perversion of a great faith.” Clearly, there is a concern by leaders like May that some would stupidly attack Muslims in retaliation for terrorism. However, can it honestly be said that these acts are ‘not Islamic’? It is curious how Prime Minister May has become such an expert on ‘true Islam’ that she can tell Muslims like Khalid Masood, who are so dedicated to their faith that they are willing to kill or be killed to promote it, that they are perverting Islam.
Does she also believe Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as The Blind Sheikh, the Muslim cleric who was imprisoned for his role in the first World Trade Center attack until his death in February of 2017, had no real knowledge of Islam, despite his PhD on the subject?
It should be stressed that not everyone who follows Islam advocates or perpetrates violence. According to Pew 86% of American Muslims believe “suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam are rarely or never justified.” Many, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author and scholar who grew up as a Muslim, argues that “ Islamic violence is rooted not in social, economic, or political conditions — or even in theological error — but rather in the foundational texts of Islam” If Ayaan Hirsi Ali is more expert on the subject of Islam than Theresa May, then those like Khalid Mosood may be owed an apology.