We see this among Christian groups living under Islamic authority. I've read several defences of Islam by leading Coptic, Eastern Orthodox and Middle Eastern & Asian Catholic leaders over the years - usually after their people have suffered an attack of some sort. We may even see some statements after today's two deadly attacks on Egyptian churches where Coptic leaders cry out that this injustice is "not in keeping with the heart of the great Faith of Islam," is "out of step with the great hospitality of Islam," yada yada yada... In part this is quite understandable, Christians like these have to continue living under Muslim dominated regimes. Such behaviour is very well documented among Dhimmi populations throughout history. If they start criticising Islam itself as the root cause this may well permanently annoy a significant part of the majority population. You can imagine how the environment might easily deteriorate - if you can't then do look closely at how Christians are forced to live in Egypt, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, or any other Muslim majority country.
So I am not completely without sympathy for leaders of non-Muslim communities who try to appeal to what they hope are the best and most open features of Islam and to a shared human nature & to good will while ignoring the fundamental hatred of the Other found in core Muslim texts.
I have no such sympathy for Christian leaders in Western countries. As Westerners we represent the majority. As Christians we understand the power of a Faith. We understand our own culture & religion. Western religious leaders have the responsibility to point out to their fellow Christians, the government & the wider public just what the problematic issues are regarding this particular religion. Many Westerners these days are illiterate concerning the supernatural, God and any set of religious beliefs - not only Christianity. They dunno! They have not the slightest clue.
In New Zealand today people generally look at Islam like any other religion, viz.:
"Religion is generally bunk but as long as you don't try to push it onto me and as long as you are actually doing something to help others & if it makes you feel better about life then you're welcome to it." This view assumes that religion is supposed to help people treat other people better. So if someone says they follow Islam and they aren't treating people nicely then they mustn't really be following the religion of Islam because religion makes people nicer.
However, Christian scholars & leaders in the West are most definitely not religiously illiterate and their's is the responsibility to educate first themselves in the core doctrines and history of Islam, then the people of the country in which they live.
So my fellow Christian Ministers, scholars and Denominational leaders in New Zealand:~ THIS IS OUR JOB.
We are the best placed people in our society to do this job. We are to be the first to attempt to understand Islam. In a society that has largely relegated religion to bland "niceness" who else is going to take the time to seriously study and understand Islam? Who else can be trusted to do it? The Religious Studies lecturer who knows all religions but believes none? Isn't the person who has their own experience of following a faith that changes their whole life best placed for the job? To such a person concepts of God & obedience to God are not merely theoretical, they form the centre of life. We understand the issues as insiders do. We are uniquely qualified to study another religion and see what it would really mean for those intent on following it seriously.
But the last thing we should do is to unthinkingly open our mouths and defend the very belief system that led to atrocities. If we can't say something informed, please, don't say anything at all. Wishful thinking is not scholarship. We are free to speak freely. We should at least think freely & enquire freely.
Here's the link from the end of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERou_...
"Stockholm syndrome" occurs when hostages form an emotional or psychological bond with their captors. But there's a new kind of Stockholm syndrome that occurs when victims of terror defend the ideology that promotes terrorist attacks.