The Recent #ISIS-sponsored act of #Terrorism in France begs the question, how many people have to die before we can acknowledge that Islam has a problem with terrorism? The closest any news agency comes to using words like Muslim, or Islam, or #Religion when talking about a terrorist attack is ISIS or Islamic State. Before the world’s largest terrorist group helpfully put the religion in their name, we would have no way of knowing about any connection between some of the bloodiest events of the modern time, and the religion serving as their foundation. The latest example is responsibility for the French truck bomb being claimed by the Islamic State.

Acknowledging the role of religion.

This is less an indictment of religion, and more an observation of the links the media goes to protect it. Terrorism around the world is practically synonymous with Islamic extremism. But it is too impolitic to say so. As a religion of peace, Islam has a problem. It has allowed itself to be defined by its radical wing. 

There is a problem when it is this easy for so many adherents of the faith to find a foundation in the religion for so much violence and mayhem. Just for contrast, a radicalized Buddhist is still just a Buddhist. When almost every terrorist act in recent memory is conducted or sponsored by people who share a common religion, we should be able to acknowledge that maybe the religion is a part of the problem.

ISIS, a Muslim problem.

The people who should be most outraged by these attacks are moderate Muslims. After all, theirs is the religion being perverted as fuel for these attacks. The terrorists don’t make us afraid of terrorism. They make us afraid of Muslims. When we see a beautiful mosque, we do not know if it houses moderates or radicals, or some combination of both. When we see a woman in a hijab, we don’t know if she is a great surgeon or the mother of the terrorist who will bomb the hospital where we will have our next surgery.

No one wants to feel this way. No one wants to be a bigot. It is understandable why news outlets want to insulate themselves from the charge. But consistently avoiding the obvious correlation between terrorism and religion in the coverage of these events is neither news nor political correctness. At some point, it is simply propaganda.