Friday, May 01, 2015

Jeb Bush Thinks Islam Has Been 'Hijacked' by 'Barbarians'

THE GUARDIAN: Republican presidential candidate says peaceful practitioners should not take offense at his opinion on those ‘who want to destroy western civilization’

Jeb Bush, the potential Republican presidential candidate, said in an appearance in Washington on Thursday afternoon that the religion of Islam had been “hijacked” by “barbarians” – and that peaceful practitioners of the religion should not be offended by his saying so.

Bush made the comments at a conservative conference during a one-on-one interview with the National Review Institute’s Rich Lowry.

Lowry asked: “Is Islam a religion of peace?”

Bush’s reply, in full, ran:

“I’m sure for some of the practitioners, but it’s been hijacked by people who have a [sic] ideology that wants to destroy western civilization, and they’re barbarians. And so that part, which is the part that we need to confront head-on, is clearly not a religion of peace.

“And I think it’s – you’re not offending the sensibilities of people that are peaceful in the adherence to their faith when you say what I just said.” » | Tom McCarthy in New York | Thursday, April 30, 2015