"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
It isn't the text that is the problem it is the extremists. Now if you want to go against the extremists, I'll stand with you any day of the week. When you try to blame a book though for the troubles, that is where I draw the line.
Are trying to make the case that the extremists weren't inspired by the text? That's another sad part.It isn't the text that is the problem it is the extremists. Now if you want to go against the extremists, I'll stand with you any day of the week. When you try to blame a book though for the troubles, that is where I draw the line.
People are responsible solely for THEIR own actions. Tell me, when there is gun violence, do you blame the gun, the bullets, or the shooter? Same thing here. The book is an object, the text is an object. The object doesn't MAKE people act. Sad you don't realize that. You must hate guns too since you like to blame objects for the woes of the world.Are trying to make the case that the extremists weren't inspired by the text? That's another sad part.
All I can say is this: Just as Christianity has its loons and cult spin-offs, so does Islam. And although my reading of the Qur'an leads me to believe that overall the religion is peaceful at its core, there are some who take it too literally and use its tenants to cause conflict, i.e., Al-Quada, Taliban, ISIL just to name a few. To that, it's no different from Christians who take a literal view of specific passages of Biblical scripture to espouse their point of view to make a verse mean whatever they want it to mean, i.e., "separation of the races" is a common one. From Jim Jones to Waco (yeah, I said it! though I do believe the fed was wrong in how that situation was handled) to Heaven's Gate, both religions, if not ALL religions have their nut-jobs.
IMO, the President is right. ISIL is not Islamic. They take the Muslim religion and subvert it in the same way as an cult does to attract followers to their cause.
I found this website that provides details on just about every religion known to man. The part of the site I've linked to here covers Islam. Under the "Topics" section, there's a link to another webpage that compares Islam and Christianity. I would encourage folks interested in learning more about this religion or any other religion, but this Islam in particular other than the myths or fearful parts, such as, Sharia Law, to check it out.
Disclaimer: I'm in no way trying to convert anyone to Islam. However, I do think that in order to understand a thing you have to learn about it....separate fact from fiction.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-18-14 at 01:16 PM.
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