Islamic apologetics aren't only wrong; they're counterproductive too. Continue reading...Every time ISIS commits yet another attack or atrocity, Muslims, particularly Western Muslims, shudder. The impulse to separate Islam from the sins and crimes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is understandable, and it often includes statements such as ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam” or that ISIS is merely “using Islam” as a pretext. The sentiment is usually well-intentioned. But saying something for the right reasons doesn’t necessarily make it right. An overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose ISIS and its ideology. But that’s not quite the same as saying that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, when it very clearly has *something* to do with it.