Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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President Obama on Wednesday night — the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — said Islamic religious instruction is wholly irrelevant to the cause of ISIS … which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS, I suspect, considers Islam relevant to its cause of creating a 7th century caliphate.
But that is not to say that there aren’t some elements of foreign policy in which the Obama administration thinks religion — even Islam — is a key component. Secretary of State John Kerry stated on Sept. 3 that “religion matters,” and he’s made it “a mantra” in his State Department and his foreign policy stance.
Of course, Kerry didn’t say that in context of the stuff Obama talked about Wednesday night — the struggle for freedom and human rights against the Islamo-fascists of ISIS. No, no, no, no, no. “Religion matters” only when it comes to the fight against man-caused global warming — which has paused for nearly 18 years, and which scientists say is not primarily caused by human activity.
Kerry also said in February that man-caused global warming (which isn’t happening) is as “big a threat to the world as terrorism, poverty, and weapons of mass destruction.” And, in a pander to his audience, Kerry said global warming (which also isn’t a crisis) will hurt Muslim countries worst of all.