Religious Freedom

I was linked to an article today that makes my blood boil. Sadly it is from a part of the country where I called home up until six months ago. In fact it’s a mere hour from where I live now.  I have never known any place that I have lived to be a place of religious violence. I have never experienced it first hand, which is why to hear about this is such a shock to my system.

Chemical irritant empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton’s mosque (Dayton Daily News, 9-28-08)

A “chemical irritant” was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers. (Huffington Post, 9-28-08)

One of the founding treatises of the creation of this nation is religious freedom. I will give you that this is a judeo-christian nation with heavy world influence but this does not give us the right nor the authority to attack the world of Islam. Islam has never been the problem. The problem has been the select few Muslim people who decide (or are coerced) to enter a life of terrorism. For those who dare to believe that other religious sects are free of such blemishes I present you with instances from each of the major world religions and the specific perpetrators:

Christians – Mike Bray, Eric Robert Rudolph, Timothy McVeigh and the Catholic/Protestant struggles in N. Ireland

Zionists – Yoel Lerner, Baruch Goldstein and Meir Kahane

Sikhists – Simranjit Singh Mann and Sikh/Hindu struggles in India

Buddhism – Takeshi Nakamura

The key here is that each perpretator is acting on their own. They do not represent their religion as a whole or the beliefs of most people who also identify as believers. The Islamic transgressions may be more prevalent in our minds but that does not render them the most brutal religion in the world. Nor does it make their followers barbarians. The sooner we start treating everyone in this world with a little respect the sooner we can get to work actually solving problems instead of creating more. There is no excuse whatsoever for the gassing of innoncent children (or women or men). I refuse to tolerate such behaviour. If you would like to read up on what really goes into creating a terrorist I highly recommend the following book: Terror in the Mind of God. The Global rise of Religious Violence by Mark Juergensmeyer. (Prof Kim would be so proud!)

For more information from the local news please see the Dayton Daily News:

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One Response to Religious Freedom

  1. Knit Witch says:

    I’m with you. That is inexcusable…….

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