During an appearance on MSNBC yesterday, former Vermont Governor and DNC Chair Howard Dean said those responsible for the attacks at Charlie Hebdo in Paris aren’t Muslim terrorists:
I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. … I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.
So Dean says he’s stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. I wonder if this means Dean has also stopped calling Republicans “pretty much a white, Christian party”.
Yesterday at NRO, Andrew McCarthy took aim at politicians who insist on insisting these attacks have nothing to with Islamic ideology:
What Charlie Hebdo has satirized is a savage reality. That reality was visited on the magazine again today. As night follows day, progressive governments in Europe and the United States are already straining to pretend that this latest atrocity is the wanton work of “violent extremists,” utterly unrelated to Islam. You are to believe, then, that François Hollande, Barack Obama, David Cameron, and their cohort of non-Muslim Islamophiles are better versed in sharia than the Muslim scholars who’ve dedicated their lives to its study and have endorsed such scholarly works as Reliance.
McCarthy can now add Howard Dean to that cohort.
The Reliance to which McCarthy is referring is Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, a manual for Sharia law. McCarthy writes, “Reliance is not some al-Qaeda or Islamic State pamphlet. It is a renowned explication of sharia’s provisions and their undeniable roots in Muslim scripture.”