Most people divide Muslims into Sunni, Shia… or Westernized.
But really, Muslims most important divide is:
- Those who support ISIS
- Those who sympathize with ISIS
- Those opposed to ISIS
ISIS is a movement of Sunni Muslims, and the Shiite hate them. So let’s look at a couple of countries with a Shia – not Sunni – majority.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 14% of Nigerians are favorable to ISIS, 66% unfavorable.
In Malaysia, 11% are favorable and 64% are unfavorable.
In Pakistan, 9% are favorable and 28% are unfavorable.
The good news is, the majority of Muslims in these countries oppose ISIS.
But here is the point. Combine the favorable…. And the sympathetic or undecided…. And you’re talking about millions actively or tacitly supporting terrorism.
ISIS and the rise of radical Islam is not like a terrorist group or terrorist cell. It’s impossible to tell who of the millions of sympathizers will become radicalized. It’s a movement driven by their interpretation of their faith. President Obama said the day before the Paris attacks that he believes ISIS is contained… and he continues to deny the role of radical Islam in terrorism. Sorry, Mr. President, but ISIS is not contained… and Islam does have something to do with terrorism.
We cannot afford to keep pretending that all religions are created equal.
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