What about nonradical, nonviolent jihadism? What about the Islamic supremacist imperative to assert Sharia over other legal codes by nonviolent as well as violent means? Romney doesn’t address that, and I doubt he is even aware that such an imperative exists.
“Mitt Romney: Islam is not an inherently violent faith,” by Tony Leys for the Des Moines Register, December 9 (thanks to Maxwell):
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Mitt Romney responded today to a call for a tougher stance against Muslims by saying that most Muslims are peaceful people who deserve respect.
The issue came up during a question-and-answer session at a campaign stop here this morning. A man rose from the audience, claimed he had many Muslim friends, but said, “I have never heard one Muslim condemn Islamic jihad or terrorism. I see Islamic jihad as one of the greatest threats to America and the western world. Are you going to continue to give Islam and Islamic jihad in this country a pass like everybody before you continues to do? The only people that call Islam a religion of peace are the Muslims, and they are the most violent religion in the world.”
Romney said radical, violent Islamists pose a threat to Americans and others around the world. However, he said, “they take a very different view of Islam than the Muslims I know.” He noted that he was raised in the Detroit area, which has a large Muslim population. “They are peace-loving and America-loving individuals. I believe that very sincerely. I believe people of the Islamic faith do not have to subscribe to the idea of radical, violent jihadism.”