Paris. Brussels. Sydney. Orlando. Manchester. Now, London.
Since the rise of ISIS, there has been a seemingly continuous wave of attacks in several major western cities. With it, has followed a sharp rise in anti-Islamic sentiment, suggesting that perhaps there is now a clear-cut “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West.
This week’s tragic attack in London only fuels such a notion, that it truly is “Islam versus the West.” In the U.S., a drastic rise in anti-Islamic rhetoric has culminated in an unprecedented travel ban; in Europe, there’s been a rapid rise of right-wing parties squaring off against Islam as public enemy number one.
But for Canadians, after the recent attack on a Quebec City mosque that killed six, we must know better than to let that become our narrative. The attack on the mosque in Quebec — just like the heinous attack in London — was a result of misguided people.
In reality, terrorism has no religion.
IRA, FLQ, Ku Klux Klan, ISIS. They’re all the same — terrorists motivated by socio-political goals, not spiritual aspirations. Militants, not men of faith...
I didn't know the IRA, FLQ and Ku Klux Klan were waging an eternal jihad (an exclusively Islamic concept). Did you?