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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry harshly condemned the treatment of women by the arch-terrorist organized death squad known as ISIS.

Kerry is horrified that ISIS “takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage and sale of several thousand Yezidi and other minority women and girls.”


But Kerry then states that the misogynistic acts by ISIS is “just as despicabl[e]” as the organization’s justification of its acts by “claiming it is somehow sanctioned by religion. Wrong. Dead wrong.” [emphasis added]

Really? Just as despicable?

Echoing President Obama, Kerry then explains that ISIS “does not represent Islam and Islam does not condone or honor such depravity. In fact, these actions are a reminder that ISIL is an enemy of Islam.”

U.S. leaders are so fearful of condemning the monstrous terrorists who claim to act in the name of Islam without pointing out that Islam is the victim and not the problem. That naked fear may make it less likely that their statements will either assuage Islamists or stop the barbarism.

Kerry, grateful that the international community and religious leaders of all faiths have strongly condemned the barbarity of ISIS, asked them to again condemn the terrorists for their treatment of women.

The action to which Kerry commits is the efforts of the United States to “lead the international coalition to degrade and defeat” ISIS, and continue “to track the entity’s abduction, enslavement, sale, rape, forced marriage, and abuse of women and girls.”

The administration has admitted that the goal of defeating ISIS could take years to accomplish.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email:
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