Calling a spade a spade
Published 19/07/2015 | 02:30
Every now and then, some bien pensant member of the chattering classes raises their head and tells the rest of us that Islamic terrorism is not actually Islamic terrorism, after all.
From Harriet Harman, the UN and now David Cameron, we're well used to being told that referring to ISIS, Boko Haram or any of the other Muslim terror groups as 'Islamic' is somehow mean and judgemental and insults peace-loving Muslims everywhere.
It's exactly this kind of fatuous sophistry that has allowed these groups to spread but Cameron really excelled himself when he boasted that: "I think saying Isil is probably better than Islamic State because it is neither, in my view, Islamic or a state."
Of course, it really doesn't matter what name people want to call them. What matters is that they call themselves Islamic. What matters is that they use a particular form of Islamic teaching to justify their behaviour (whether that's slavery, executions or justifying child brides on the basis that Mohammed married Aisha when she was 9) and they consider themselves to be the real, true Muslims while everybody else is either a kuffar or an apostate.
So, on the one hand, we're told that we shouldn't call Islamic State Islamic, even though they quite obviously are, while we're also told that we should refer to Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, even though he quite obviously is not. This is the problem with a culture in decline - it obsesses about irrelevancies and ignores the actual truth in case it might be insensitive. And we wouldn't want that, would we?
Meanwhile, the Middle East still burns.