How quick we are to blame gods for the deeds of mortals.
I’m probably not seeing the threat of Islam properly. I have to see my Islamist side of the family soon and it’s as unappealing (except for the food) as going to spend a weekend with my Baptist side of the family. None of them, Baptist nor Muslim, are terrorists, but they can be by downright boring. I have been warned to be suspicious of Arabs, yet the Baptists tend to only cook chicken and potatoes well. That’s pretty suspicious if you ask me. Personally, I falafel after too much-fried chicken.
Anyway, if you have checked out the NEWS lately, seems everywhere there is the scare of Islam. Islamic this. Islamic that. Muslims under your bed. Really. I don’t see Islam as being the reason for any killings, nor do I feel threatened by friends and family practicing their religion. Certainly, that recent event in Oklahoma is unacceptable–unacceptable to religious people. And I’m talking all religious people– not just my Baptists but to my Islamic family; both condemn killing quite vocally.
“Faced with the unrelenting reports about the sufferings of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even Christians who are friendly toward Muslims can be perplexed and ask, “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer is: Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS (or, as it is increasingly called, IS) and others in the name of Islam.
So, why do we not hear more of this?
The first reason is because Islam is not a structurally centralized religion. Unlike, for example, Catholicism, there is no one person or institution that can speak with authority for all Sunnis or even all Shiites — to say nothing of speaking for all Muslims around the world.
The second reason is that there is a huge number of newspapers in Muslim countries throughout the world. Many, if not most, of these newspapers appear in languages unfamiliar to people in the West. Sometimes, it is not a question of Muslims speaking out, but of others just not hearing. Often, the “not hearing” happens because people do not have access to sources or just do not speak the same language. But the voices are out there. And an important media monitoring group has turned up the volume, to make sure more hear them.” Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/08/the-muslims-who-are-condemning-isis/#ixzz3Ff5l9Rk3
I am here to tell you I’m not seeing a threat from Islam the religion. I am seeing a threat from angry people, however.
One more thing: How come nobody has mentioned the Sykes–Picot Agreement?
The problems, either real or the next scare, now facing the U.S. by ISIS stem from olden times, WW1, not religion. The “Islamic” State (ISIS) claims one of the goals of its insurgency is to reverse the effects of the Sykes–Picot Agreement. There are very few Muslims in on this (ISIS) and not many Arabs in on this, I might add. So, People, don’t start going around threatening and bashing Islam. That’s ridiculous. It’s terrible that religion gets the blame for this crap.
In Other Times
Funny how many times I hear people talk about “our war with Islam.” In other times, a while back, remember that in World War II we were at war with Christians.
If one thinks about it, war is war no matter what religion is claimed. It makes no difference if one is fighting for control of industry, or a pipeline, or whatever, religion is always immaterial except of course as a tool to conjure dehumanization of the enemy– a god is really never that much involved when everybody has a version of a deity on their side.
Gott Mit Uns (God is with us)
“Hitler’s Germany amalgamated state with church. Soldiers of the vermacht wore belt buckles inscribed with the following: “Gott mit uns” (God is with us). His troops were often sprinkled with holy water by the priests. It was a real Christian country whose citizens were indoctrinated by both state and church and blindly followed all authority figures, political and ecclesiastical” from Hitler Was NotAn Atheist by John Patrick Michael Murphy
Land grabs and mineral rights are the true gods of war.