You are criticizing VanceMack for something he didn't state. He is addressing the twisted irredeemable souls who are beyond seing the light. You see, in order to negotiate with hardened religious fanatics who are bent on serving their vision of God, you must convert them to see God differently than they do. Converting the non-religious is far more simpler than attemtping to alter a religious man's beliefs. Though he may not realize this, he is speaking on the differnece between an apocalytpic terrorist and a practical terrorist. One you can reason with. One you must kill.
Foundamentalism exists in all religions. This is where deep seated traditions are based and from where radicalism and eventually extremisms gets manifested. Religion outside of the Middle East has managed to defeat their versions of foundamentalism. Islam, especially in the Middle East, has not. Foundamentalism has largely hung on through the centuries. Arabs banning the only mobile printing press in the 16th century ensured the absence of the free flow of information and killed general creativity and free expression for centuries. Arabs also had already banned itjihad, which made the free interpretation of the Qu'ran illegal unless you were designated in one of the schools of thought and earned the right. During the 17th century Arabs shut down the only scientific observatory in Istanbul, which enforced the theme that outside contributions had nothing for the Islamic world. And when the Ottoman caliphate tried to modernize the culture in order to develop in order to compete with the rising west inthe 19th century. Abolishing slavery, banning the veil, and more equal gender rights were among these social changes. Sunni Arabs called these things an offense to Allah and managed to pressure the caliphate into not persuing them out of fear of being labeled an infidel.
What do these type things matter? Currently, Sunni Islam makes up 90 percent of Islam. Arab colonialism blew out of the Arabian desert early and consumed empires and civilizations for centuries. For centuries it was the Sunni Arab that clung to foundamentalism and insisted that others stay true, especially after losing the caliphate to outsiders like the Ottomans. And today the House of Saud builds thousands of schools and mosques every year outside of the Middle East to ensure that loyalty to Sunni Islam remains premier.
Islam is capable of change. But its history shows that foundamentalism has a firm grasp making it harder than other religions. Thanks to philisophical thinkers, the mobil printing press, a culture of evolving social toleration, and individual liberties, Christianity and Judaism has been allowed the bold transitions needed to thwart foundamentalism. Protestants made it possible to get to heaven without Catholicism's rituals. Christian women marched for equal rights. Christian scientists have been labeled the "father of genetics" and the "father of modern day science." Despite people's thoughts that Christianity is dooming our civilization, it was Christianity's quest to breakthrough bounderies and explore the meaning of God's creations that broke foundamentalism whenever it creeped up. Where would Christianity be without the reformations? Where's Islam's reformations? All the tools needed for anIslamic reformation were banned or abolished throughoutits history by Arabs in order to preserve foundamentalsim. Never in Islam's history has there ever been an organized movement for religious change. Always, they gravitate towards a want for social change but are denied it because others use the religion to preserve.
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What is going on in this world in the name of Islam goes beyond just a few bad apples. There IS a jihad on. There IS a war waged by Islam against everyone else. You CANNOT deny that and you CANNOT justify it.