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The Press Has a ‘Problem’ With Understanding Terrorism

The New York Times recently tweeted that the Muslim phrase that translates to “God is good” has “somehow” been linked to terrorist attacks. Hmm, and why is that now?

Glenn talked about the phrase “Allahu akbar” and what it means for ordinary Muslims in everyday life vs. why it’s associated with terrorism because we’ve seen so many terrorists cry out the phrase before or during an attack.

“[Muslims] literally say it all the time, and in most cases, it’s a really nice sentiment,” Glenn said.

The problem is that crying out “Allahu akbar” has become a pattern with terrorists; it hasn’t been used as a rallying cry in an isolated attack or just one case. If we lived in a world where Christian terrorists were murdering people in brutal attacks, wouldn’t “Jesus is my Lord and Savior” or a similar phrase also be associated with fear?

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Well, I think there is -- there's a real problem with the press. They don't understand why Allahu Akbar is a problem. In fact, the New York Times just tweeted, Allahu Akbar somehow has become inextricably intertwined with terrorism. Somehow its real meaning is far more innocent.

Yeah. Well, its real meaning is God is great, and I tend to agree. God is great. It's a phrase that is said by Muslims everywhere, at least five times a day, during their daily prayers. I'm sure they'll say it, you know, when their football team turns a game around: God is great. Or when they see a newborn baby. Allahu Akbar, God is great. They literally say it all the time. And in most cases, it's a really nice sentiment. It's a phrase that Muslims utter so often that it really is not note both.

Except when a radical Muslim uses it before they blow themselves up or run into a bunch of children on the street or hack somebody's head off. Remember what happened earlier this week, New York Times? The guy killed eight people in New York City, and then he said, Allahu Akbar.

See, the problem is this isn't an isolated attack and an isolated case. The men who carried out the attack on the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo in 2015, shouted that while they were slaughtering people. And the phrase kind of cut through the air as a British soldier was run down during the military -- around the military barracks in 2013. And then he was hacked to death. Remember that?

Allahu Akbar. Yeah. Now, it is a shame that a handful of terrorists have hijacked such a profound yet simple prayer and condition us to fear those words. But I dare say, if there were many Christians hacking people to death and then saying, Jesus with is my Lord and savior. You really wouldn't have a problem.

You would kind of understand why everybody would rush for the doors, if somebody came in bursting into the room and saying, Jesus is my Lord and savior.

The Muslim community has come out and condemned the New York City attack, but they have to make their voice much louder.

And when they do, as in the case with the imam who warned the mayor of New York City, several times, hey, I can help you. Maybe you should look over here, because they're training terrorists, you on the left need to listen.

The God that Saipov praised, God is great, before running over 20 people, is not the God that I believe most Muslims pray to. He's certainly not the God that I pray to.

Allahu Akbar. Yes. God is great.

But God doesn't want you to hack the heads off of people or run down children in the street. Any violence done in the name of God is nothing more than a twisted lie.

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