Maybe we should define "religious extremism" first.Is it
only people who think it's OK to kill if their God tells them to kill? Or
is it anybody who's more extreme or more devout than YOU are?In
Communist Russia and Germany ANY religion was considered to be
"Extreme". And we had crackdowns on ALL religions. My inlaws parents
immigrated from Germany. I've been typing their life history, and they had
to hide to worship. And they had to hide the missionaries. If they were
caught... it would have been VERY bad for them. For that generation in
Germany... ANY religion was "too Extreme"... Are WE going there
We all agree that some people are terrorists and that they use religion to
justify their action. I think that the question we have to ask is whether
religion caused those actions or whether religion was an excuse for those
actions. It seems like a very simple concept to show what a region teaches and
then to show how some people have twisted that doctrine into something else.
When people see the comparisons, side by side, they can see for themselves how
"priestcraft" is being practiced. When people fully realize that their
religion has been hijacked by extremists, they can correct the problem by
exposing those who have corrupted their doctrine.Life is conplex.
Easy answers are hard to find. Impostors need to be exposed and excommunicated.
IMO having a hot-line we can use to turn in our neighbors we are concerned
about, is a bad idea. We already had this in Nazi Germany, and Cuba, and look
how it turned out! Just ask the refugees from those regimes...
The world would be better off, overall, if the relationship between the Near
East and Islam became similar to the relationship between Europe and
I have kind of Mike Richards' thoughts I suppose. The idea of a program
such as this is interesting, if it's a private sector initiative with
voluntary participation. As soon as you pull a governing body into it, you just
This editorial bothers me. Although I agree that extreme Islamists have wreaked
havoc across the world, I wonder whether government should control religion or
even whether government should advocate against one religion or for another? The editorial said: "Germany launched a national hotline for people
who are worried that neighbors are engaged in Islamic radicalism." The next
sentence told us that the callers were referred to agencies outside the
government. Is that the pattern that we want to follow? If the Obama
administration had a hotline that anyone could call to complain about YOUR
religion, what would you think?Religion is between the person and
the God he worships. The way to combat false teachings is to send out
missionaries who have a truthful message and to use social media to point the
way to the truth. That seems to be the method the Lord uses. He has not found
a need to involve governments.
"It’s appropriate and normal for young people to turn to religion for
answers. These various programs are helping young Muslims recognize that
Salafism and other radical variants of Islam are not the only available outlets
for religious engagement. These welcome efforts demonstrate that an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure."I think you miss a critical
issue with Islam, and that is the low status of women in all variants of Islam.
Abuse of women is rife in Islamic countries, with no legal remedies. This
imbalance makes Islam unacceptable across the board in an enlightened age, and
it makes it susceptible to extremism. And BTW your assertions of
religious freedom are going to get a real test when Islamist numbers grow.