posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 10:32 AM
Hasn't it ever occured to anyone that the fastest growing threads are ones like this where we toss our biases and hatred at each other...honestly,
there ARE better things to spend time on. Now, some of you might genuinely believe that by spreading your beliefs about Islam (or Christianity, or
Judaism, or Pokemon) being evil, you are exercising your right to free speech, and are informing the world of an important truth. Well, if that is the
case, you're wasting your time, because NO ONE is going to actually be convinced on this board...people take lifetimes to develop their beliefs, and
no amount of mudslinging at each other's religions is going to change those beliefs with a few clicks and keystrokes. So if you wanna fight the evils
of Mohammed, Jesus, Abraham, or Pikachu, save your breath and think of another way.
Now, if (as I suspect) most of these posts here are about nothing more than people ranting and raving to let out their hatred of certain religions,
countries people or otherwise...What is the point?
My own views on the name of this thread (what started it all off): "Islam a Religion of Peace!" Islam is a religion of whatever it's adherents (and
it's enemies) want it to be. Religion is a tool for those willing to use it. Christianity was used as a rallying tool for the troops back in the
crusades, Judaism used as a tool to incite mutinies in the Israeli Defense Force to oppose the Gaza Pullout, and Islam, of course, used as a tool to
justify terrorism against the United States.
ALL religions have been used in the past, and they will continue to be. It is a sad fact that most of the world's terrorists are Muslims...but that
is not to say that most of the world's Muslims are potential terrorists. Islam is simply the latest religion to undergo a wave of radicalization.
Lets not forget that Christians burnt Joan of Arc, and set forth a regime of control accross Europe during the Dark Ages (does this sound familiar in
today's Middle East?). The world's leading Christian's have gotten over that, but unfortunately, a fractured Islamic leadership-mishmash of Radical
Scholars, Terrorists, and Moderate Voices, coupled with the fact that most of the world's Muslims live in relative poverty, means that Islam is
simply the easiest religion to adopt for nefarious purposes.
So what do we do? Nuke em, as some on this board have suggested? No, not that. What we do is, we fight those of them that threaten us as well as any
other enemy, without religious discrimination. What we need to do is get rid of religious hatred, which merely adds to the fuel to the argument that
the US is conducting its policy as a conspiracy against Islam. We need to remove the overtly rascist propaganda from our policy decisions, which have
always been with one intention: Protecting the Freedom and Security of the United States, without regard to race or religion of those to be protected,
or those to be attacked.
For the record, I am a neocon, and it personally makes me ashamed that many of those in my ideological camp resort to this low form of 'free
speech'. Remember that your free speech is something that thousands of Americans have died for, within the borders of our country, and abroad. We
fought two hundred years ago, and we fight again for that freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. By Using that Freedom to spread racism (which weakens the
strength of America as a tolerant society, and encourages hatred against us), you effectively lessen the achievability of our mission in Iraq, and
more importantly, you reduce the value of the sacrifice of other Americans. With rights come responsibility.