January 1, 2018
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By Juan Cole
Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombing are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a book about a subject appoint themselves experts on it. (Try this book, e.g.). We don’t yet know who carried out the attack, but we know they either aren’t Muslims at all or they aren’t real Muslims, in the nature of the case.
For the TLDR crowd, here are the top ten ways that Islamic law and tradition forbid terrorism (some of these points are reworked from previous postings):
1. Terrorism is above all murder. Murder is strictly forbidden in the Qur’an. Qur’an 6:151 says, “and do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully.” (i.e. murder is forbidden but the death penalty imposed by the state for a crime is permitted). 5:53 says, “… whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.” Read more of this post
May 22, 2017
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I found this article telling a very fair perspective about terrorism.
By JUSTIN ROSARIO
On Sunday, Donald Trump gave a speech written by a non-crazy person and managed to stay on topic. He almost sounded like a liberal so don’t expect it to last:
The relatively even keel stayed on target as the president read carefully from his teleprompter and avoided off-the-cuff remarks that got him into trouble in the past.”
This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” Trump said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” Trump said. “This is a battle between good and evil.”
The shocking part here is that he’s right; we are not at war with Islam no matter how badly some conservatives want that to be true. Islam is no more violent than Christianity or Judaism and until we recognize that, we will never deal with the root cause of “Islamic terrorism;” the barbaric cultures that warp it into a death cult.
It’s really easy to blame Islam because we’re a nation that overwhelming practices Christianity. It lets us feel smug and superior and there’s not a small amount of racism involved as well (and Americans excel at racism). This is why we talk about “profiling” terrorists, meaning people of Middle Eastern descent, while ignoring that several well-known Muslim terrorists were very much not Arabic. Two of the most wanted female terrorists in the world are white and British. But when you take Muslims out of violent cultures that practice stoning women to death, beheading witches, and genital mutilation and place them in advanced cultures like Germany, Canada and the United States, magically, most of that behavior vanishes. I’ve made this argument before and have yet to hear a rational explanation of why the culture is not the determining factor in this miraculous transformation. Read more of this post