Well, America…we may not be breaking any world records in education, life expectancy, happiness, economic stability, or advancement of society as a whole, but America’s Conservatives can certainly claim at least one trophy for the mantlepiece: Our violent right-wing hate groups are now officially the WORLD STANDARD in Violent Right-Wing Hate Groups. Suck it, ISIS! Yuu-ess-AY! Yuu-ess-AY!! Yuu-essss-AAAYYYYY!!!
Actually…sorry. This is really, completely not funny. Especially in light of the article we posted just yesterday, regarding America’s newest potential ISIS equivalent, the League of the South. In that article, we compared the neo-nazi, Klan-centric LOS and its leaders to Bin Laden and his group. And it seems we anonymous internet writers (shockingly) aren’t the only ones to have noticed.
Indeed, Dr. Eren Tatari, assistant professor of Middle East Politics, Muslims in Western Politics and Islam at Indiana’s Bloomington University recently compared, not the Klan to ISIS, but ISIS to The Klan. Speaking of ISIS:
“Their identity exists only in opposition to something else, in other words, they exist to be against something. It is mind-blowing to others how anyone can be a member of KKK or Tamil Tigers (Sri Lanka militants) or other organizations that carry out atrocities and whose mission is hate and destruction.”
To understand ISIS, you need understand the KKK.
But that wasn’t the only point Prof Tatari made regarding ISIS. A good portion of her assessment was given regarding the self-declared caliphate if the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. For those unfamiliar with Islam, a “Caliph” is the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, said to be a direct inheritor of Mohammed’s authority. The Western equivalent might be the Pope about 500 years ago. The Caliph, then isn’t just the ruler of a Muslim nation — he’s the ruler of every Muslim nation.
To understand ISIS, you must then imagine Cliven Bundy, crowning himself Pope of the World.
But a Caliph isn’t self-appointed; much like a Pope in the Catholic church, he is elected to office. And Muslims take that a step further, because a caliph is not only voted upon by the higher-ups in the organization, but is appointed by consensus of those under his potential rule. Which we must say sounds, comparatively speaking, impressively democratic.
And it is for that democratic violation that Tatari calls out not only Pope of the World Cliven al-Baghdadi, but those under his command:
“The followers he attracts are only the ignorant Muslims who do not know their religion. No individual can declare themselves to be the leader of a Muslim community (caliphate). “
ISIS is attracting people, especially the youth, due to their lack of knowledge of Islam,” he said. “The youth who are trained in general sciences, but not adequately trained in Islamic knowledge in schools and universities, the youth who need financial support. Hardly any students and scholars of Islam would be attracted to ISIS ideology and strategy.”
She goes further, making a prediction about the future of ISIS and its caliph:
“Their pseudo claim to caliphate is hence a bitter joke to the wider Muslim community and has no foreseeable future.”
So, let’s review:
- Everything we said in yesterday’s article
- A religious extremist group that attract ignorant, violent people who don’t understand or follow the principles of their own religion.
- An illegitimate claim to religious or social authority, recognized by no one other than themselves.
- A long history of violence against minority groups, or even voices of reason within their own ranks.
- Homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, racism, nationalism, delusions of grandeur, assumed authority, fascism and every other earmark of your standard social conservative.
Listen, ISIS…Conservatives…get a room already.
Yuu-ess-AY! Yuu-ess-AY!! Yuu-essss-AAAYYYYY!!!
H/T: NBC 12