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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

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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