STOP PRETENDING ORTHODOX ISLAM AND VIOLENCE AREN’T LINKED
Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam. There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus regarding this matter, we cannot gain victory over fundamentalist violence within Islam.
Radical Islamic movements are nothing new. They’ve appeared again and again throughout our own history in Indonesia. The West must stop ascribing any and all discussion of these issues to “Islamophobia.” Or do people want to accuse me — an Islamic scholar — of being an Islamophobe too? . . .
And there’s an extreme left wing whose adherents reflexively denounce any and all talk about the connections between traditional Islam, fundamentalism, and violence as de facto proof of Islamophobia. This must end. A problem that is not acknowledged cannot be solved.
–Yahya Cholil Staquf, One of Indonesia’s most influential Islamic leaders