Some people are upset that the president and others refer to our enemies in the War on Terror as Islamofascists. They say that (1) these terrorists are not true Muslims and that (2) the term unnecessarily demeans all followers of Islam. To me, the term makes sense, because it distinguishes between ordinary followers of Islam and those who use the teachings of Islam to justify their fascist and murderous attempts to conquer the world in the name of Allah. These people may not be “good Muslims” (though they would say they are), but they are undeniably Muslims. After all, don’t they perform the “five pillars” of Islam–praying, giving alms, going to Mecca, reciting the creed, and observing the fast?
If we cannot give regular Muslims the benefit of the doubt by qualifying the faith of terrorists as Islamofascism, then we have only one alternative. We have to call them all Muslims.