Islam already enjoys a unique dispensation in this regard. When a swastika is found on a bathroom stall on an American campus, officialdom does not line up to say that most white people “have nothing to do with racism”. Au contraire: insufficient denunciations of “white privilege” lead to the immediate loss of your job. When a single killer is discovered to have a Confederate flag emblem among his possessions, that’s reason enough to have it removed from all public land within the country, and even to have ancient TV shows that include a motor vehicle with a Confederate flag decal canceled from the rerun channels. But when the Koran and invocations therefrom are found among the possessions of killers in Bamoko, in Tel Aviv, in Paris, in Chattanooga these are just daily 24/7 exceptions that prove the ironclad rule that Muslims “have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism”.

Now the Democrats are doubling down. Terrorism? You’re free to “name it” anything but Islam – “Republican-driven psychopathism”, as Kerry and Obama suggest.