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originally posted by: JBurns
Before certain people jump the gun, and hijack this topic I'd like to ask you to hold off, and hear me out.
I'm a Christian. I do not practice Islam, but have several neighbors that do. I live in the US. Suburban US, actually.
Recently I read a topic filled with hate and racism, and without calling anyone out, I'd like to say the following:
1) Islam is a religion. It is not a political ideology, as some people think.
2) There are political right-wingers affiliated with Islam. Clearly these are a slim minority. This is evidenced by the fact that 99% of Muslims are not attacking us daily. My neighbors included, which by the way are as American as it gets..
3) Bin Laden, Al Awlawki, Al Baghdadi are all in the far-right of their political parties. They just happen to exploit Islam for their extreme political agenda. Eric Rudolph and others were also political violent extremists. They also happened to be Christians.
4) Brings me to my final point: By assuming all Muslims are extremists, you must also, logically accept all Christians are extremists. Islam, being the worlds largest religion, is bound to have a few political right wingers involved in it. All religions do.
I ask that you consider the above when making generalities.
This certainly doesn't even apply to most of us! Most ATSers are enlightened enough to avoid resorting to racism and biggotry.
Thanks for hearing me out!
originally posted by: amazing
Good thread and it does make you think.
If we were born in, let's say some middle eastern country what would we be? I was lucky enough to be born in the USA...meaning that the easiest path to religion was Christianity. Christian churches on every block around my house.
If I was born in some random middle eastern country, I could have been Muslim. I wouldn't have really had the choice. It's just randomness or luck.
The point was made that living in a Christian Country...you don't have that persecution of certain groups of people, like homosexuals. However, those in the LGTB community are constantly told they are sinners by the Christians in this country. How would it feel, I wonder, to be persecuted like that on a daily basis by this countries most dominant religion?