- Jul 13, 2006
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- Suburban Chicago
Feingold is absolutely wrong on this. I don't think we need to be blaming all Muslims for terrorism, because many Muslims are peaceful people. However, the terrorists THEMSELVES use Islam for the reason of why they use violence. Therefore, I don't think the Islamic Fascism phrase is wrong, in fact I like it, strickly because it differentiates between "Muslims" and "Islamic fascists".Feingold calls on Bush to stop using phrase 'Islamic facists'
FREDERIC J. FROMMER
WASHINGTON - Sen. Russ Feingold urged President Bush on Tuesday to refrain from using the phrase "Islamic fascists," saying it was offensive to Muslims and has nothing to do with global terrorists fighting the United States.
"We must avoid using misleading and offensive terms that link Islam with those who subvert this great religion or who distort its teachings to justify terrorist activities," Feingold, D-Wis., said in a speech to the Arab American Institute on Capitol Hill.
"I call on the president to stop using the phrase 'Islamic fascists,' a label that doesn't make any sense, and certainly doesn't help our effort to fight terrorism," added Feingold, a potential presidential candidate. "Fascist ideology doesn't have anything to do with the way global terrorist networks think or operate, and it doesn't have anything to do with the overwhelming majority of Muslims around the world who practice the peaceful teachings of Islam."
The White House referred to comments made last week by homeland security adviser Fran Townsend, who said at a news conference: "What the President was trying to capture was this idea of using violence to achieve ideological ends - and that's wrong. Regardless of what label you pin on it, it is this form of radical extremism that really wants to deny people freedom and impose a totalitarian vision of society on everyone, that we object to."
There can be Islamic fascists just like their could be Christian fascists. Feingold is wrong as usual.