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Why “radical Islamic terrorist” is Islamophobic

People who use “radical Islamic terrorist” aren’t actually concerned with radicalism nor terrorism. They’re concerned only with Islam.

People who use the term “radical Islamic terrorist” use it as a way to couch their Islamophobia behind fear and terror.

Here’s the thing. People who use “radical Islamic terrorist” aren’t actually concerned with radicalism nor terrorism. They’re concerned only with Islam.

If they were concerned about radicalism and terrorism, they’d be calling out radical white terrorists. But they never do. Never.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Seth Ator opened fire on an interstate.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Connor Betts opened fire at a bar.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert goers.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Devin Kelley opened fire in a church.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire in a college.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when Adam Lanza opened fire in a school.

They didn’t call for an end to radical white terrorists when James Holmes opened fire in a movie theatre.

They call out radical terrorism only when it involves someone who doesn’t fit the profile of people they deem safe. It’s not radical Islamic terrorism they’re afraid of. It’s just Islam.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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