Kerry: ISIS Is ‘the Order of Satan’

By Melanie Arter | September 18, 2014 | 2:28pm EDT

Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended President Barack Obama’s statement that the Islamic State is not Islamic, saying that they can call themselves whatever they want, but “they’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam.” In fact, he said, they are “the order of Satan.”

“The Islamic State, they can call themselves what they want to call themselves. We shouldn’t compound the sin by allowing them to get away with it and calling them what they’re not. They’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam,” said Kerry at the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on the U.S. strategy against ISIS.

Kerry was responding to Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), who expressed shock when President Barack Obama emphasized that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) was not Islamic.

“Like everybody in this room, I’m sure I watched … the president – many I think were shocked – when he emphasized that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was in fact not Islamic. They not simply refer to themselves as the Islamic State. They don’t call themselves the Methodist State or the Episcopalian State or the Baptist State. They’re the Islamic State, and I think for good reason,” Chabot said.

As CNSNews.com reported earlier, when Obama laid out his four-part strategy to defeat ISIS last week, he said: “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”

Kerry noted that Islamic leaders “are reclaiming the legitimate Islam, and they’re separating it too.”

“So I wouldn’t compound the crime by calling them a state whatsoever,” Kerry said of ISIS. “They’re the enemy of Islam. That’s what they are, and as the 21 clerics yesterday said in Saudi Arabia, they are in fact the order of Satan.”

“There’s nothing in Islam that condones or suggests people should go out and rape women and sell off young girls or give them as gifts to jihadists and cut people’s heads off and tie people’s hands behind their backs and put them on their knees and shoot them in their backs,” Kerry said.

“These are war crimes, and they’re crimes against humanity, and we need to make clear that that is exactly what is the reality here,” he added.

“It’s clear to me that their [ISIS’s] motivation is their religious fervor, this fanaticism, however misguided it is. That’s their motivation here,” Chabot said.

“They use that. I don’t know if that is in truth. It’s part of it,” Kerry said. “The caliphate is certainly on the minds of many, but I think a lot of them are thugs and criminals and people who simply want to go out and maraud and take part in the success of vanquish and be opposed to modernity and a whole bunch of other things.”

CNSNews Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism—not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.

CNSNews has emerged as the conservative media’s lynchpin for original reporting, investigative reporting, and breaking news. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical mission and we need your help to fuel this fight.

Donate today to help CNSNews continue to report on topics that the liberal media refuse to touch. $25 a month goes a long way in the fight for a free and fair media.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The CNSNews Team

DONATE

Connect

Sign up for our CNSNews Daily Newsletter to receive the latest news.