This statement fits into the UN’s ongoing efforts to compel states that protect the freedom of speech to adopt “hate speech” provisions that would effectively involve their adopting Sharia blasphemy provisions.
The idea is that anyone (especially President Trump) who says there is the slightest problem with Islam (or “radical Islam”) is only aiding Islamic State propaganda that the West is waging war upon Islam. This is predicated on the further assumption that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the motivation for jihad terrorism couldn’t possibly come from within it. So the poor dears must only become terrorists when we say bad things about their religion, so if we just stop doing that, all will be well.
The only problem with this scenario is that the Qur’an’s exhortations to the conquest and subjugation of unbelievers are not predicated on what those unbelievers say or don’t say. The jihad will continue, and if we shut up about it, many people will remain ignorant and complacent about it as it advances.
”‘Islamophobia’ Fuelling Terrorism: UN Chief Antonio Guterres,” Agence France-Presse, February 12, 2017:
“Islamophobia” in parts of the world is fuelling terrorism, the head of the United Nations said on a visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday, as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the comment to reporters after talks with Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches,” Guterres said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
“This is the best support that Daesh can have to make its own propaganda,” Guterres said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group of Sunni extremists in Syria and Iraq.
The terrorist group has also claimed deadly attacks in Saudi Arabia and in Europe….