Every time there’s a terrorist attack, we’re treated to a politically correct chorus of responses, from President Obama and others, insisting that it had nothing to do with religion. It was about “hate.” It was “homophobia.” It was because guns laws aren’t tough enough.
No. It was about religion. Specifically, Islam.
One interesting new tipoff comes from Tom Joscelyn, senior fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, in an appearance on Fox News. He links the terrorist attacks to the Islamic mythology of heaven and hell. To cite just the most recent example, when the Orlando shooter called 911 to proclaim his allegiance to ISIS, he was doing so in obedience to the Islamic State, which has an entire literature devoted to such things. The jihadist is supposed to pledge allegiance to the Caliphate so he can die in a state of obedience. If he dies in a state of disobedience and has not performed this “buyout,” this oath of allegiance, he risks going to hell.
To ensure a trip to heaven for the jihadist, he must publicly state the oath. The shooters in San Bernardino did the same thing. Other terrorists have gone online to do it.
So, in case it wasn’t already infinitely clear to everyone with a functioning brain, Obama has it wrong. These horrific outbursts of violence are not simply to register displeasure against gays, Americans or (fill in the blank). They are intended as a one-way ticket to heaven, stamped with an oath of obedience.