[quote=puzzleannie]are you posting a poll on whether or not we believe defense of one’s religion encompasses bombing buildings? are you under the delusion that these terrorist actions are religiously motivated? this is politics, war, intimidation, power, and manipulation of armies of ignorant people and religious fanaticism is a tool and weapon, like propaganda, tanks, bombs etc., but even if these terrorists succeed in a place like Sudan or Indonesia in establish Islamic states, and frame their laws in religious terms, it will still be about power, intimidation, manipulation and evil. Know your enemy.
Well, I do believe that I am annoyed. “Am I under the delusion”? Really! If, in defending the United States, and ipso facto the religions contained therin, means bombing the Taliban in Afghanistan and destroying their buildings, then yes, you are right, defence of one’s religion does indeed encompass that.
Can you not see that, as you say, these terrorist actions are religiously motivated? It’s just that I’m trying to say that an incorrectly applied religious motivation does not invalidate the faith of all those ostensibly of the same faith but who do not support that action.
[quote=puzzleannie] Know your enemy.
Right. Absolutely. Sun Tzu, Art of War. Tell me, when was the last time you went up to an Imam and said “Sir, I don’t like what I’m hearing about your faith. Explain it to me”?
When was the last time you attended a mosque and had a Moslem attend your church?
When was the last time you stopped reading the absolute rubbish the mass media churns out about how all Moslems are terrorists and actually sat down to dinner with one?
When was the last time you got pulled out into a rip on a surf beach and it was your Moslem friend that swam out to get you?
When was the last time you saw, with your own eyes rather than on a pixellated screen the damage murderous fundamentalism can do?
And when was the last time you realised that in the same way that the IRA, or croatian catholic extremists, in no way represent your faith, that my Moslem friend cries when al-Qaida does the same to him?
I have done all these things. I am the only Catholic I know that has done so. Why is that so? Why are we so prepared to condemn without knowledge?
Oh, by the way, I’m also pretty peeved that, in my original title I’ve remembered the 288 American servicemen and women that died in Beirut. I’m remembering the victims of terrorism, wherever they may be and from whatever country.
I’m honouring their memory. Instead of homouring the memory of those who died, you choose to call me delusional. Not very nice.