Religion all over the world causes both internal and external problems depending on whether or not they follow their individual religion religiously
(I think you know what I mean). There are extremes in all religions - some we call fanatics but some take the middle road and as with Christianity
some people call them selves Christian but never go to church others are very orthodox and follow the words of the Bible literally. Muslims do a
similar thing though more of them are indoctrinated (for want of a better word) from a very early age. Whereby Christians tend not to do this though
there are many examples of indoctrination without mentioning any particular sects.
We also have to recognise that though in the Middle East we have a section of society who are highly educated as in the West. Due to poverty or
cultural reasons or because of a war torn environment, many do not have the opportunity of even a basic education. These are often the people who are
easily prayed upon and brain washed by the more extreme members of any religion hence, extremism is developed.
But in either case it has to be acknowledged that the burning of ANY holy book is highly disrespectful and where ever there are cases such as this -
we can expect trouble whether it be from Moslems or Christians - neither culture would accept such behaviour. However, this said - a more educated
society though they would be extremely upset at such an action would in the end (we like to think) balance the situation - show their disgust and
ensure it doesn't happen again.
If we return to the fact that a larg proportion of Middle Eastern Populations tend to stem from a less educated group of society (in particular in
Afghanistan) then we can understand surely their reaction to the burning of this their holy book - these people place a huge respect for high place
this Holy Book holds within their society.
There are many Christians who have the benefit of education that would react in an extreme way to the burning of the Bible. I myself would be one of
them - however, as I do have an element of education I would not kill some one because of it. Those in the Middle East who also have the benefit of
higher education would I'm sure react also in a more balanced way.
Now in the USA it is assumed that via schooling that this is recognised and I do know as the OP to this thread and most members know that US citizens
who have had a decent education would also react to the Bible being burned in a balanced way - they would be extremely angry but would recognise that
this does not warrent killing anyone over it. However as the OP in this thread rightly points out - many Americans do not react accordingly and can't
seem to understand how different cultures can hold such high regard for their religious books or even incorporate the words of their religion into
their Political Systems but they do and this has got to be respected.
In the West we separate religion from politics hence don't see the extremism that could result from a joint system. If our politics did mix with
religion - you would see many extremes in our laws because the laws of the Bible would be used to guide society.
Without respect for one and others cultures/religions we can never have multiculturalism and their was once a time when each culture remained where
they have been for hundreds of years until we began to trade with one another and had it stayed that way we would not have had the problems
experienced today as in the UK and France and yet to take hold in the US. However, along with trade comes the mixing of cultures and it is not going
to go away.
In the days of Black Slavery - those forced to live in a strange Country eventually were indoctrinated into adopting the culture of that country -
'When in Rome - Do as The Romans do' a similar thing happened with the Native Indians and the Aborigines but we lost something very important to human
society - we lost the essence of an ingeniousness group of people whos' whole culture was is and always will be built upon respect. And whether we
like to face it or not - that is something we have sadly lost in our Western Cultures - there is very little respect left for those who walked and
lived before us - for the wise among us - for Parents - for religion - for authority - for all the things that help maintain balance and structure in
If War does not come (and I pray it does not) then these are the things we need to consider after ridding ourselves of the corperate/businesses that
rule our societies - these are the things that build balanced, honest and caring societies and these are the thing we need to learn from the many
cultures around the world who value the word respect for one another.
You will always find people who rebel no matter what system is in place and you will always have extremes but if we don't find the middle road we are
surely doomed and will never be able to live together - then what will happen to trade?
The Op is right in my view.
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