posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 08:54 PM
I'm curious as to why we assume every religion and culture must fit within the Western culture's moral guidelines, and, when it does not, strive to
convince ourselves it does.
Tell me, if Aztecs were still around today, how would their actions in the name of their religion be justified? Many consider them victimized heroes
killed off by the evil Spanish, but their human sacrifice and cannibalism would be hard to justify.
We, in the Western culture, try to tell ourselves that every culture has as much of a right to exist as our own. Yet, the practice doesn't work since
most other cultures do not feel the same way. Time and again through history, when one nation takes over another, all of their histories, myths and
records were purged as that society was turned to the conquering one. It is only now that the Western culture, in its arrogance, has decided that
every culture, present and past, can fit nicely within our moral bounds.
Does fundamental Islam advocate violence? Well, if the Qur'an is to be taken literally, that Mohammad said what he meant and meant what he said, then
yes, it advocates violence. What about the Bible? The message God gave Israel advocated violence, too. God told the Jews that their culture would not
mesh with those of Canaan, and so Canaan had to be wiped out in order to preserve Israel. The rest of the Old Testament Bible is the story of the
ramifications of Israel not wiping out those other cultures.
That Islam promotes terrorism is just an extrapolation. It doesn't promote terrorism, it promotes conquest. And when you seek to conquer an enemy
with larger numbers as well as a better trained and equipped military, the only course of action is to destroy the morale of the people -- i.e.
terrorism. The west has demonized this form of warfare because it's effective. That those groups in the middle east say they agree is simply a case
of effectively defining the terms in the debate and good marketing.
So I guess the real question is, does Islam fit completely into Western morality, and if not, who do you think should change?