Originally posted by Beachcoma
You misunderstand the bit about the media. I was just pointing out that the media is quick to point out whatever bad nonsense 'muslims' are involved
in, whereas when it comes to anything good like the condemnations of these acts it doesn't get that much coverage or airtime.
That wasn't the point I was making at all. I was stating that first and foremost, most vocally and most whole heartedly, I would be condemning the
actions of the rioters rioting, killing and destroying in the name of my religion. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with your religion, I'm
saying the lack of outcry by the Muslim population in regards to these actions makes me believe that, even if it's not encouraged by Islam, rioting,
murdering and destroying is acceptable by Islam as a reflection of Islam.
In Christianity, I am moved to become more like Christ. My actions, as a professing and vocal believer, reflect upon that belief in who Christ is. I
am, essentially, as all Christians are, ambassadors for Christ here on Earth. If the American ambassador to Bobland gets drunk and punches out the
prime minister of Bobland, there is a major scandal and incident going on because that ambassador represented America.
These rioters rioting and killing, with imams giving a $1,000,000 bounty on the head of any cartoonist who depicts the prophet, are ambassadors of
Islam. So are you. You are representing your religion here on ATS because you have made your religion known here. When you condemn those who depict
the prophet with 95% of your words, applaud the actions of the protesters with 4% of your words, and say the rioters don't reflect what Islam is with
1% of your words, where would you place that believers priorities? When seemingly all ambassadors of that religion are doing the same, would you
really think that religion condemns murder, destruction and calls for assassination? To go back to the US analogy, do you think Bobland would accept
the US's apology if we said, "Yeah, sorry about that, but your prime minister never should have gotten in the way of his fist. If you didn't serve
alcohol, this never would have happened. If your prime minister hadn't said the things he did to cause our ambassador to punch him out, this never
would have happened. We're boycotting all of your goods. But..uh...sorry."
As representatives of our religion, we need to stand for what we believe in, and make known to people when people are abusing our religion. There
should be no excuses for that abuse. When there are, it makes those outside of our religion think it's a false apology, that we don't really condemn
those actions. I see a lot of "sorry but" instead of, "sorry, they are completely wrong in representing my religion". It leads me to believe, and
it has lead many others along the same path, that Islam is not
a religion of peace as so many are telling us. It leads me to believe that Rabia
was really stretching saying Allah is love, and it makes me grateful to worship a God of love and forgiveness instead of one of revenge.