The establishment propaganda media is in an uproar over this, but Bannon is, of course, correct. Confronted about this, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: “The president’s number one goal has always been to focus on the safety of America, not the religion. He understands that it’s not a religion problem, it’s a radicalization problem. That there’s a big difference between Islam the religion and radical Islamic terrorists that come here to seek to do us harm.”
That is very close to the idea that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. However, President Trump is still singular in identifying the problem as “Islamic,” albeit with the “radical” qualifier. We can only hope that this will lead to a more realistic appraisal of the ideological roots of the threat than has been in place for the last sixteen years.
“Steve Bannon in 2010: ‘Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission,'” by Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, February 1, 2017:
(CNN)President Trump’s chief strategist, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, once dismissed the notion that Islam is a religion of peace, describing it in a 2010 radio interview as “a religion of submission.”
Bannon made the comments on “Western Word Radio with Avi Davis,” an online right-wing radio station.
In the segment, Bannon, who at the time served on the board of Breitbart, criticized former President George W. Bush for what he and fellow guest conservative columnist Diana West described as injecting political correctness into the federal government.
Bannon mocked Bush for proclaiming “Islam is a religion of peace.”
“Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submission,” Bannon said. “I mean, the whole thing is just, he is the epitome, he’s a Republican version–not a conservative–he’s a Republican establishment, country club version of the Clintons. That’s all they are. It’s the baby boomer, narcissistic, he wants to feel loved.”
The word Islam means submission, and a Muslim is one who submits to God. The Arabic root of the word Islam means “to be safe” and is connected to the word “peace.”…