May 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In testimony delivered yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, AG Holder refused - during vigorous questioning by ranking member Lamar Smith - to say that the current crop of domestic terrorists might have been motivated by, "radical Islam."
Holder: "...there are a variety of reasons why these people have taken these actions...you have to look at each individual case..."
He even refused to confront the religious issue in general.
Holder: "...I don't want to say anything negative about a religion..."
However, Holder, who didn't consider himself knowledgeable enough to define "radical Islam" to the extent necessary to directly answer Mr. Smith's pointed queries nonetheless considered himself sufficiently enlightened to make the far more global claim that "radical Islam" is inconsistent with Islam in general.
Holder: "...potentially incited by an Islam that is inconsistent with its history...like Anwar Awlaki for instance, who has a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of it..."
Generally it is understood that a great deal of study of the Qur'an, often aided by the ability to read Arabic, is required to make such religious determinations and those who are qualified have a name, they are called imams.
This was a skill set entirely hidden from Mr. Holder's resume - until yesterday.
As noted by historian Dr. Daniel Pipes: "I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims."
[source, National Review, Sheikh Obama and His Two Wars, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YmQ2NjYyYmU3MzcxYmI0NDhlNThhNDIyZjlmYmZlMjc=]
"I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims."
In his recent Congressional appearance AG Holder continued the administration's verbal shenanigans in dealing with the terror phenomenon, engaging in the most arcane linguistic contortions to avoid speaking plainly.
For those paying attention this is dismaying in the extreme - it being impossible to win a conflict if one is unable or even unwilling to be able to identify the enemy.
NOTE: A video of Mr. Holder's entire testimony is available here - http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/05/13/HP/A/32846/House+Judiciary+Cmte+with+Atty+Gen+Eric+Holder+on+Times+Square.aspx
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