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Who is an ‘Islamist’ and Why it Matters

Based on the Associated Press's definition, whom exactly can a reporter call an Islamist?
Egyptian President Mahmoud Morsi

Egyptian President Mahmoud Morsi
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… and the West

But we can take a cue from Ronald Reagan in maintaining our fundamental posture.  Reagan knew that the biggest advantage America and the West had in the Cold War was not gained through properly defining the threat of communism – although that was important.  The biggest advantage was the West’s own character and beliefs, which continued over the years to widen the divide between the failures of communism and the successes of freedom.  This was the case even in the West’s deep political funk of the late 1960s and 1970s.  The divide continued to grow, even then, and the flow of immigration was still all one direction, even when many in the West’s “elites” were claiming to despise Western freedom.

The most important thing the West can do today is recover our ideas about freedom and what it’s good for.  If we do that, it will be glaringly obvious that freedom is better.  The truth is that freedom is stronger, when men and women are committed to it; if it were not, it could not have won out over all the forces arrayed against it throughout human history.  It can do so again, if we are not faint of heart.

The great moral question for us today – the question that defines our hope for civilization and a future – is not what Islam is, but who we are, and whether we will embrace our heritage of freedom.  The proximate political question is what we will cede to Islamists, whose patterns are very identifiable and whose demands are specific.  The answer to that question must come, not from what we fear, but from what we believe to be right.  If we look to our heritage of freedom, we will answer it well.

Originally published at the Optimistic Conservative, under the title, ““Islamism” and the West: How do you solve a problem like the AP Stylebook?”

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4 Responses to “Who is an ‘Islamist’ and Why it Matters”

  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Islam's prophet/founder was Muhammad; so, anyone following Muhammad is an Islamist. Now that we are living in the area where people are calling black to be white and white to be black, then every thing is up for grabs as befits the insanity of Islam for it was a very wise and righteous sage, the Rambam, who stated in his letter to the Yemenite Jews in the year 1172, that Muhammad was a false prophet and insane.

  2. Dode Wed says:

    { The antiseptic definition of Islamism approved by CAIR might apply only to Islamic theoreticians who never actually engage in political advocacy – if there are any. }
    This paragraph summarizes all article.
    and explains why Israel funded the chaos in Egypt now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The politically incorrect truth about ISLAM.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  4. Anonymous says:

    IT IS TIME TO CREATE RABBIS FOR PAMELA GELLER.

    The politically incorrect truth about ISLAM.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG. SHAME ON THE CANADIAN POLICE. WHERE ARE THE RABBIS WITH BATZIM. I am not afraid to speak out, I AM NOT A COWARD. I HAVE SERVED AS A POLICE CHAPLAIN FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS AND NOW HAVE RANK OF CAPTAIN. Pamela Geller was invited by me to speak in my synagogue and I did not back down when threatened. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Pamela Geller speaks in Edison, NJ at Cong. Beth-El – YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGWbiRUdRHg

    Apr 15, 2013… Pamela Geller speaks in Edison, NJ at Cong…. was asked by Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg to give her address at his Congregation Beth-El…

    The politically incorrect truth about ISLAM.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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