- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California suggested Tuesday that an effective way to combat the Islamic State terrorist group on the propaganda front would be to photograph its leaders eating non-halal meats in an effort to humiliate them.

Mr. Sherman said Tuesday that the Obama administration suffered from a “Eurocentric” understanding of the world, Foreign Policy reported.

“We have a State Department with people who think that you can show the evil of [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] if you can show him personally executing a defenseless Yazidi,” Mr. Sherman said. “We need people who understand that if you can just get a picture of him eating a ham sandwich, that would undermine [the Islamic State] and its recruiting ability.

“We need State Department people to [have] an understanding of Islamic jurisprudence,” he added. “That’s not the kind of knowledge that you can get at Princeton.”

Robert Spencer, a New York Times best-selling author and founder of JihadWatch.org, argued that even though Mr. Sherman’s proposal sounds “absurd,” it’s still partially valid.

“The State Department persists in working from the assumption that the people who are candidates to join the Islamic State will be turned off by its brutality,” Mr. Spencer wrote Wednesday. “This is based on the further assumption that they share the values and perspectives of contemporary non-Muslim Westerners; State Department wonks can’t seem to conceive of the notion that anyone might not hold those values.”

Mr. Spencer acknowledged that the plan “probably” wouldn’t deter potential recruits, because Muhammad’s teachings say Muslims should obey the ruler “even if the ruler is sinful.”

“Is there ever a circumstance in which Muslims should not obey the ruler? Only when he commands something sinful,” Mr. Spencer concluded. “So al-Baghdadi seen eating a ham sandwich wouldn’t do the trick, but al-Baghdadi spotted forcing another Muslim to eat a ham sandwich just might.”

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