Fmr Islamic Extremist: Saying Extremism Has Nothing To Do With Islam, ‘Ignorant,’ ‘As Unhelpful’ As Saying ‘That Is Islam’

On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Maajid Nawaz argued that saying violent extremist Islamism has nothing do with Islamism is “ignorant” and “as unhelpful” “as saying that that is Islam.” Nawaz said that “in many of my fellow liberal circles, across Europe, and in Britain.” There’s an attitude that noting the religious impulses behind Islamic extremism is Islamophobic. He continued, “I think there’s a double standard at play here, and that double standard is borne unfortunately, of what I call a bigotry of low expectations. Muslims, brown-skinned people generally, people of color, are being judged by a lesser standard, an illiberal standard, as if there’s an expectation that we can’t possibly be secular democrats. And I think that’s a form of bigotry, and I challenge it. and it’s incredibly unfortunate, because it leads to the discrimination and disempowerment of the very communities these — my fellow liberals are purporting to want to support.” He added that “to call this Islamist — the Islamist ideology, and in it’s violent manifestation, jihadist terrorism, what it does, is it allows reforming Muslims within the Muslim community, it provides them with a lexicon, it allows them to engage in