A recent article on Facebook revealed an image of present-day extremist fighters in their black veiled Arab dress, and an image of Ku Klux Klan members in their conical hats, masks and robes. It posed the question: as no-one believes the Ku Klux Klan is representative of Christians, why do so many folks believe the jihadists are representative of Muslims? The juxtaposition of both of these pseudo-fascist groups is intriguing. While it could communicate the message of the danger of linking many with all the crimes of a few, in addition, it raises questions about basic differences between the two groups.
There can be no doubt about the spiritual nature of the jihadist movement in Islam. The stated goal is to find the entire world administered as an Islamic state under Sharia Law.
By comparison, the goals and goals of the Ku Klux Klan seem trivial and Raccoon Poop. In their three manifestations since the late 1860s, they’ve focussed their anger against black Americans freed from captivity, then from the 1920s against Jews and Catholics and more recently against the Civil Rights Movement. Their scope was American instead of global and their motivation was racist instead of religious.
While nearly all American Christian denominations have formally denounced the KKK, many radical imams preach support for jihad, and Moslem masses in several Middle Eastern countries fill the streets in celebration of what they see as the victories of al Qaida and ISIS. In summary, while most Christians surely oppose the KKK, the jihadists enjoy widespread support amongst Moslems.
Although support for jihad was described as widespread, it’s still a minority aspiration and should rightly not be ascribed to all Moslems. To preserve this sense of equilibrium, the contrast of the jihadists with the KKK may be helpful. But out of the USA that the Ku Klux Klan is considered a purely American manifestation and ridiculed rather than feared, whereas the jihadist threat spreads serious concern in each land.