Militant Islam

This past week, a high-profile White House meeting with the title "Countering Violent Extremism" went out of its way to avoid labeling acts of brutal violence by Al Qaeda, ISIS (the so-called Islamic State), and their allies as "Muslim" terrorism or describing their ideology as "Islamic" or "jihadist."

The concern is wanting to stay away from any sense that the United States is at war with Islam itself, much less to lump the world's 1.5 billion Muslims with vicious terrorist groups. But a growing number are saying that this is failing to look at the very real threat that is militant Islam.

They're right.

To understand why, one must understand a few things about Islam itself. First, that there are five practices, or "pillars."

These are:

*The reciting of the "Shahadah," which is when you say "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet."

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