Should American Muslims denounce ISIS?


WASHINGTON, October 9, 2014 — President Obama has recently called on the world’s most prominent Muslim leaders to denounce the radical Islamic State, ISIS. Following a series of be-headings of innocent Americans and British civilians, the White House is finding itself under severe pressure to act.

Secretary of State John Kerry briefly mentioned that American Muslims should fight to ‘reclaim their faith’, countering the radical ideologies espoused by ISIS.

Fortunately, not all Muslims support ISIS or its extremism. However, there some practitioners of the Islamic faith who claim they should not have to defend their faith for a few insane extremist. Additionally, many Muslim leaders and Imams of Islamic Mosques have found themselves in an ongoing debate within their own communities.

Should American Muslims denounce the actions of ISIS? Should loyalist of the Islamic faith refrain from speaking on the topic of extremists and avoid giving them credibility? Does the Koran really support the overall annihilation of anyone who refuses to share ISIS’s radical extremist agenda?

Imagine that someone who doesn’t practice your respective faith or identifies with your religion suddenly ask you to denounce your faith or abandoned your beliefs thanks to the actions of others in your faith. What would you do? Would you refrain from attending church services, or stop identifying as a Christian based on allegations that the actions of Priest are inappropriate?

The silence of moderate Muslims against radical practitioners will continue to foster a negative reaction from outsiders—many of whom will never read a chapter in the Koran. For Muslims to outwardly condemn groups like ISIS, Hezbollah, HAMAS, etc., suggests that there are somewhat tied or affiliated with violence, hatred and religious intolerance.

In fact, many of these people are our neighbors, school teachers, professors and confidants.

Furthermore, apologizing for ISIS or the Islamic State grants terrorist groups a sense of recognition, hence, the groups rationale for filming their murders in real-time. Acknowledgement by American Muslims will proactively contradict Muslims belief, that is being a religion of peace and allows further continuance of a false narratives being portrayed about Islamic faith.

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Brandon Brice
Brandon earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Howard University, a Master’s of Science in International Affairs from Rutgers University and is currently completing his Executive Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University. Brandon has interned on Capitol Hill in the Office of former United States House Speaker, J. Dennis Hastert and served as a fellow with the Heritage Foundation and the United Nations. Brandon began his career as an Associate with National Urban League and later became a Senior Organizer for the Abyssinian Development Corporation being an advocate for seniors rights and at-risk youth. In less than two years Brandon was appointed to serve as the former Director of Education and African American Affairs for New Jersey Governor Chris J. Christie and was later appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Brandon currently served as a regular featured Columnist for the Washington Times and now is a Columnist for Communities Digital News. Brandon currently serves as Director of Resource Development for Veterans Empowerment Organization. Brandon has been featured as a pundit and policy analyst on Fox News, ABC News, NY-1's Inside City Hall, BET, CNN, MSNBC' and Grit-TV. Mr. Brice's articles and work has appeared on AM-New York, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and Brandon has given lectures at the Center for American Progress, Baruch College, Princeton University, the Harbor League, the National Black Law Students Association and the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brice received an award from the City of Newark for his work in community development and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brandon has been featured as a guest political contributor on FOX News, Fox & Friends, Hannity, ABC, Inside City Hall, BET and Grit-TV. Brandon is a former blogger with MSNBC's the Grio and His articles and work has appeared on Time Out New York, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and Brandon has given lectures at the Center for American Progress, Baruch College, Princeton University, the Harbor League, the National Black Law Students Association's and the Alexander Hamilton Society.
  • Jeff Erson

    Have there been any decisions in US history worse than the decision to invade Iraq?

  • Tim Kern

    John Kerry has no business giving religious advice, but he seems OK in doing so. He should be giving diplomatic advice, but he seems to have none to give.

    As for the root question, “Should American Muslims denounce the actions of ISIS?” why restrict it to American Muslims? This is not a question of religion. This is a question of survival, and ALL Americans — all civilized peoples of Earth — should denounce these actions, whether committed by ISIS or anyone else.