Friday, November 28, 2008

1 Kislew 5769: Ro’sh Ḥodhesh/Black Friday


Relevant to Divine Misconceptions: “Mumbai Attacks: Terrorism has no Religion”: The second clause of that title alone is a misconception, which the author of this article quotes Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh, a Sikh, as promoting twice in the aftermath of terrorist activity in England. Then prime minister Tony Blair also seems to support this view that terrorism is completely against all religions. The problem is that they are trying to redefine other people’s religions; rather than trying to understand other religions, they prefer to project upon them a beautiful idea that all religions are peaceful. Unfortunately, this view is not correct. Faith Freedom International frequently publishes articles critical of Islam, many of which do not merely condemn that religion, but also give references demonstrating that violent intolerance runs deep in Islam all the way back to Muḥammad, e.g., “I am an Ex-Muslim Convert from Belgium”. No matter how much we want to divorce terrorism from religion, the connection between terrorism and Islam is there, already established. Muslim terrorists themselves do not deny their Islamic motivations. Denying the connection means that one does not understand terrorists, and if one does not understand the enemy, it makes fighting them all the more difficult.
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