Biden directs religious propaganda at Islamic State

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Joe Biden, remarking on the terrorist group Islamic State, recently invoked Christian religious messaging which very likely empowers Islamists.

This week, United States’ Vice President Joe Biden, during a speech in New Hampshire, offered religiously-infused remarks vowing — according to The Washington Post — retaliation toward Islamic State (IS) following its execution of two journalists. Among other remarks, Biden said, “… they should know we will follow them to the gates of Hell until they are brought to justice because Hell is where they will reside.”

Biden, in his official capacity as Vice President of the United States, should be not offering [uniquely] religious remarks when talking about national security and/or foreign relations. Instead, when offering official proclamations/speeches, Biden should remain neutral on matters of religion and exclude uniquely religious references from his remarks.

Further problematic, when mentioning Hell and vowing to condemn IS members to hell, Biden likely fuels — with his own religious propaganda — religious propaganda from Muslim terrorists and others who hate the United States because, among other reasons, they believe the United States has declared a war on Islam/Muslims.

Please, Vice President Biden and other government officials, exclude religious messaging from your public remarks, especially when your remarks harm the efforts of United States’ military forces likely legitimizing sentiments from Islamists who believe that the United States military forces efforts are religiously-inspired.

 

 

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.

  • Aaron

    So if he would have said ” we will follow ISIS to the end of the earth!” would that have been better. Is the VP of the US not allowed to take a stand on the blatant attempts by outside terrorist groups to rustle the feathers of the US people by killing our own in violent beheadings?
    Should we care if ISIS thinks our military is religiously inspired, whether it is or not?
    This point of view you have is taken by others vehemently refuse religion so much in our public culture that you will like past the message, and create issues out of context that have no barring on the situation at hand. Why can’t he say ” the gates of hell” and the message be ” good, the US is standing strong against this group and this this countries best interests at heart” instead of ” he said hell, I don’t believe in hell. I am going to write an article stating reasons why he shouldn’t say hell and hope others follow my lead”.