Open dissent within the anti-“Islamo-fascist” ranks!
Someone named Greg Davis, who has posting privileges at Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, tells about his experiences as a speaker for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week at a California state college. He says that in his speech his main point was to criticize the various terms, particularly “Islamo-fascism,” that are used to avoid saying that the problem is Islam:
I spoke to the 150 or so crowd for a few minutes by way of introduction. My point—as it has been for some time—is that we must be willing to speak plainly about the thing itself, namely, Islam. Mumbling on about “extremism,” “radicalism,” “Islamism,” etc. only serves to obscure what is really going on. I even had to dissent from the term “Islamo-Fascism,” which, while it helpfully indicates the repressive political agenda of the Islamic supremacists, nonetheless gives the impression that we are dealing with a sort of bastard love-child of Sayyid Qutb and Benito Mussolini. The jihadis aren’t cutting people’s heads off because they are fascists but because they are faithful Muslims acting in accordance with the injunctions of the Quran and the example of Muhammad.Now that’s what I call getting at the nub of the matter.
Spencer, of course, shares Davis’s views, but for some reason doesn’t come right out and say it the way Davis has.