The question in the title might be one for the Senate to consider in their confirmation hearings of AG nominee Loretta Lynch, which according to some sources are not likely to begin in the lame-duck session in November. Maybe that is because Chuck Schumer has already declared that Lynch “is a consummate professional, [who] has a first-rate legal mind and is committed in her bones to the equal application of justice for all people.
So what is Lynch’s position on jihad and its religious underpinnings? In the 2012 terror plot to bomb New York’s JFK Airport, Lynch, as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, weighed in on the sentencing of 66-year-old co-conspirator Kareem Ibrahim, who was given a life semtence. According to the Associated Press (via the Seattle Times):
Lynch said in a statement that [Ibrahim], a Shiite imam from Trinidad, “abandoned the true tenants [sic] of his religion” by participating in the plot.
As Robert Spencer grimly quips at Jihad Watch:
Yes, I am sure that Loretta Lynch knows so much more about the true “tenants” of Islam than does a 66-year-old Shi’ite imam.
Lynch’s presumptions about Islam’s true nature are compatible with those of the president and members of his administration, who have said variously:
- ISIL is not “Islamic. (Barack Obama)
- “ISIL does not represent Islam and Islam does not condone or honor such depravity.” (Secretary of State John Kerry)
Lynch seems to be a perfect fit — which makes her a less than perfect fit for the role of the nation’s top cop.
- Rumors fly that Obama has decided on Loretta Lynch, who is black and female, as U.S. AG *UPDATE*
- Annotated transcript of Obama’s ISIS speech (with snark and truth added)
- Imam Kerry outraged ISIS exploiting Islam to justify slavery
- Bennie Thompson: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam
- Elizabeth Warren: We need to sit down and reason with ISIL (Video)
- Why does Obama administration say ‘ISIL’ rather than ‘ISIS’?