A recent article on Facebook showed a picture 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 people believe the jihadists are representative of Muslims? The juxtaposition of these two pseudo-fascist groups is interesting. While it may 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 whole world administered as an Islamic state under Sharia Law.
By comparison, the aims and objectives 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 slavery, 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. Nobody, not even themselves, ever thought of the KKK as representing the whole of Christianity, or promoting a new world order based on the parables of the New Testament.
While nearly all American Christian denominations have formally denounced the KKK, numerous radical imams preach support for jihad, and Moslem masses in many Middle Eastern countries fill the streets in celebration of what they see as the victories of al Qaida and ISIS. In short, while most Christians certainly oppose the KKK, the jihadists enjoy widespread support amongst Moslems. While the Ku Klux Klan proved capable of disturbing the peace in several states of the USA, the jihadists have succeeded in spreading their terror to many major countries, such as Russia, China, India, the USA, France, the UK and Australia.
Although support for jihad has been described as widespread, it is still a minority aspiration and should rightly not be ascribed to all Moslems. To preserve this sense of equilibrium, the comparison of the jihadists with the KKK may be helpful. But out of the USA that the Ku Klux Klan is regarded as a purely American manifestation and ridiculed rather than feared, whereas the jihadist threat spreads serious concern in every land.