Reza Aslan Vlog: Islamophobia on the rise

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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""It’s perfectly natural for Muslims to look at [ISIS] and say, ‘That has nothing to do with us. That’s so far removed from anything that can be ascribed to mainstream Islamic thoughts or beliefs that they are not Muslim,” Aslan said. “But that’s not very helpful, and it’s also not true.”“A Muslim is whoever says he’s a Muslim,” he continued. “A Christian is whoever says he’s a Christian. A Jew is anyone who says he’s a Jew. If you are saying that this is your identity, and you are acting according to your identity, then we should probably take your word for it. Because it’s not helpful to say, ‘No, that has nothing to do with religion,’ because like it or not, these actions are being done in the name of a specific religion.”http://www.salon.com/2015/04/06/reza_aslan_isis_is_technically_islamic_but_thats_still_no_excuse_for_islamophobia/"