Comic first, commentary after – although I will say this one isn’t supposed to be funny.
First things first – the deal with ISIL (an arguably more accurate name for ISIS) is an insanely complicated issue. However, every time you say something like “Muslim terrorists” or otherwise act like Islam is the problem, or say, blame the refugees, you’re letting the terrorists win. In fact, you’re an accomplice. But the comic just shows one piece of the puzzle, and the refugees are another very big piece. To explain, it will require me to say something that will shock and piss off a lot of white Christians so I gotta ask you to hold your religious indignation in check for a moment so you hear all of it and not just the part that will piss you off if you’re gonna get pissed off.
ISIL isn’t targeting Christians. They’re targeting the people like the refugees – they’re targeting Muslims. Specifically, they’re leading a mass slaughter against any sect of Islam that isn’t theirs, an extremist Sunni sect. That is not to say that ISIL does not want to kill all Christians as well, and that they consider themselves at war with the West, and seem to think this will be the End of Times battle, because all of these things are also true. But as it happens, the world and its villains don’t revolve around white Christians (or just white people) and ISIL isn’t killing nearly so many of them as they are fellow Semitic peoples who disagree with them. Which is why the refugees aren’t the problem, they’re the targeted.
If you’re still feeling on the verge of rage ready to argue with me, imagine this: the Westboro Baptist Church suddenly surges in size and anger and receives funding (probably from our gov’t, eh?) and is now equipped with an awful lot of guns and whatnot. Their primary agenda is to destroy all other Christian sects. Are they also mortal enemies with Islam? Yes. But first things first, take care of home, tidy up, kill all non-WBC Christians.
They, in this scenario, are not targeting Muslims, but would definitely kill them and may perform terrorist acts that do target them. But the primary objective is not Islam.
Could it be possible a terrorist could hide in with refugees? While I really doubt that, especially considering the conditions of escape for many of them, I suppose it’s possible, but to shut the doors on the refugees is to play into the hands of the terrorists, y’know, like with my comic? and to become, again, an accomplice. Muslim and Semitic lives matter. Take the above scenario, you’re fleeing your home via incredibly desperate measures from people who would kill you, and the people to whom you flee say, “No way! You might be one of those Westboro terrorists!” You are being told you will not be sheltered from the people who want to kill you gruesomely because you might be one of the people who want to kill you gruesomely. Okay. That’s cool.
What it comes down to is that ISIL is terribly bad news, but it’s complicated, and defeating them isn’t as simple as bombing an oil field or shutting out refugees or upping the racism against Muslims or anyone with that brownish skin or who wears a scarf or turban on their head. Because upping the racism is a fear reaction. Fear and distrust. And guess what the whole freaking point of terrorism is? Hint: it’s the reason it’s called terrorism. If you want to fight ISIL and you are an average citizen, not a soldier to be deployed, not a national security whatever whose job is to figure out what, pray tell, is exactly going on, if you want to fight ISIL what you need to do is to show an outpouring of love. Yeah, yeah, sappy, but I’m very serious about this. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Let that Arabic-lookin’ taxi driver take you home and treat him like a normal human being, because he probably is. Remember that Islam is as peaceful a religion as Christianity is supposed to be, and that “supposed to be” part is exactly the problem. Do not think of the Qur’an as a book that just says “kill all those white infidels” a thousand times in Arabic and therefore if anyone has one, they’re evil. It’s not, and it actually talks about Christ plenty. It is no worse than the Bible (which contains many more examples of intolerance and ghastly principles that most of us Christians happily ignore, cherrypicking the parts we like).
If you, the average citizen, want to help fight ISIL, then stop being an accomplice. And if you’re Christian, remember what Christ said about your enemy. (Protip: it was love them.)