I sometimes wonder what the world would be like if there were no religion other
than teaching people to value themselves, those around them, and to treat people
as they would like to be treated. That would solve a good majority of the worlds
Whereas Christianity genuinely preaches peace, and love, much of Islam does not.
I know a lot of Muslims and there are 2 issues the first is that they are
genuinely discriminated against and even reviled wherever they are. The second
though is that a significant sub culture is teaching a death cult. This is a
problem.Rabbi Sacks is a wonderful man by the way. As an Englishman
it is a source of quiet pride that our country is decorated by this man
@RanchIt's easier just to make assumptions. Americans need an
enemy. Muslims are the faceless stormtroopers that we are far removed from.
@Grandpa who loves God and you;How do you know Muslim youth
aren't being taught love and peace in the majority of their Mosques? Have
you been there? Or is it simply that you've seen a few of those others on
the news and you're letting your own biases against Muslims rule your
opinions?Do you take a religious group like the Westboro Baptists
and extrapolate to the entire Christian community based on that group? If not,
why would you do it with Muslims?
"And when dualistic, us-versus-them thinking becomes widespread and
pathological, it “makes you dehumanize and demonize your enemies. It leads
you to see yourself as a victim. And it allows you to commit altruistic
evil.”Wow! That's an appropriate description of so many
organizations that eulogize righteousness and practice intolerance of others.
People make it too hard. I grew up Mormon. I remember being taught in Sunday
School that we all came from the same place. We all came from God. When we were
taught about love, I remember, as a child, thinking " good, I can love
anybody that I want" and I always have loved anybody I chose, including
everyone that is different. It stuck in my my mind that they came from God just
like I did! As a missionary, I loved those who chose not to get baptized as much
as I did those who were baptized. They were the same child of God that they
always were! Of course, my father taught me about what happened to the Jews. We
would watch documentaries and I remember the exact moment that my brain allowed
me to realize that it was real. I remember an image of a woman who was naked and
huddled in a corner and I knew that they were going to kill her. I was thinking
" No, don't let them kill you ". As a gay man, I can tell you that
some people are not loved like the rest! Religion means nothing without love!
The dichotomy lies within the teachings of Islam from the Quran. Many
peace-loving people within the Islamic religion don't subscribe to the
extreme teachings of the Quran and do not condone the actions of the Islamic
terrorists. But what is being done by the peaceful leadership and members of
the Islamic faith to turn things around? Why are Muslim youth not being taught
to love peace instead of war? Why are they being taught that if they kill an
infidel or non-believer that they will be rewarded in heaven with marriage to a
large number of beautiful virgins, but there is no Quran scripture to back that
up? Will the leaders of the Islamic religion have the courage to stand up for
peace? And if not, why not?
All nice in principle. However, there will always be a Hitler or two out there
wanting to take advantage of a people so committed to peace that they are
willing to forfeit their freedom. Preparation for defense of self and nation is
not an act of violence. It ensures peace. Has anyone been watching with horror
the films compiled about the carnage during WWII? Thank God the US had made
preparations for the threat of war and our people didn't suffer like those
in the Eastern Hemisphere. Always be prepared for war, but hope and pray for
peace, but not at the expense of our freedom.
Kipling continues: .....Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being
hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good, not talk
Jesus has an answer: "why beholdest the mote in thy brother's eye but
considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye." So does Rudyard Kipling:
"If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for
their doubting too."