"They don't represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world."
In other news, despite never having even visited the UK, I am announcing that Prime Minister David Cameron has nothing to do with the UK.
Also, despite not even being Christian, I would like to say that Cameron has nothing to do with the Church of England. Because that is apparently how things work in his universe.
I am sickened by the attack on the #Westgate shopping centre killing 3 British nationals. It's been done in the name of terror,not religion.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 22, 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron today condemned as "absolutely sickening" and "despicable" a terror attack on a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in which at least 59 people, including three British nationals, were killed.
"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion - they don't," Cameron said.
He called it "an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality".
"They do it in the name of terror, violence and extremism and their warped view of the world. They don't represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world."
Clearly they represent quite a few Muslims. Al-Shabaab has supporters in Somali diaspora communities around the world. One such community in Kenya was likely the source of at least some of the attackers.
Furthermore there are plenty of British Muslims in Al-Shabaab.
The Muslim attackers ordered Muslims to identify themselves, recite a prayer and then be excused from the massacre. Al-Shabaab repeatedly declared that they were acting in the name of Islam. Which is not surprising as they exist to impose an Islamic state.
Announcing that what happened in Kenya has nothing to do with Islam is a good deal like announcing that the USSR had nothing to do with Communism.
Cameron clumsily attempts to distinguish between terror and religion. But terror is a tactic. It can be carried out in the name of politics or religion or both.
Terror is not some isolated entity. Its goal is to achieve political ends by terrorizing people. Muslims rely on terrorism because it allows them to intimidate larger and more civilized societies and then force negotiations.
To deny this or to act as it there is some discontinuity between an ideology and the tactics used to carry it out, as if the two can exist apart from one another, is simply denial.