Terrorism label should not be linked to peaceful nature of Islam religion

Originally published in The Oshkosh Northwestern


Since we are all in the business of labeling things these days, let me begin with a couplet from Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet,” where Juliet, the protagonist, responds to her love Romeo, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Her angle was that names do not mean anything in the end because what something is will always be, regardless of what it’s called.

Terrorism causes death and destruction, regardless of where it comes from, and Islam stands on its own as a peaceful religion. Creating terms such as Islamic terrorism will never make Islam a …

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