reply to post by mideast
I thank you for your calm and kind manner in touching upon a very sensitive subject. I myself am far from gentle with the same subject, but when there
is a tone of civility and honor, I will in turn respect and honor.
Many years ago, Iran and its surrounding neighbors had cities that held magnificent colleges and universities. The ideas and principles of algebra
were crafted there ( much to my educational dismay) as well as concise studies of art, prose, and science.
The Islamic lands were forward thinking, economic powerhouses that helped to secure and regulate the flow of the silk roads in and out of far Cathay.
There are still historical treasures waiting to be found buried within the sands of these ancient lands.
The people are beautiful and intelligent.... now here comes the sad part.
Just as we southerners have our hate spouting bible thumping narrow minded preachers, there are also those Imams who take liberties with your Holy
Book. Unfortunately, somebody thought it would be a cute idea to throw mud at another religion, and in the worst possible way. Heck, I saw the stupid
thing just wondering what the stink was about... and I have to say, I'm insulted as well. I can see how easily the Imams could set this spark of hate
to the tinder dry emotions of their followers. I find that in this instance, the Imams acted in their own best interest. They knew, KNEW what what
happen. Just like back in the bad old days of the early 20th century when lynchings were common, preachers would just have to start a rumor and
then... well, you get the picture.
I admit my ignorance, Mid, in not having read the entire K'oran. I have read passages though that ask people to be nice to each other though. Even
when you or all you care about is disrespected, you are to know in your heart that Allah and His Prophet are above all this petty foolishness, and in
turn, so are those who keep Allah and His Prophet in their hearts and minds. That is why the Islamic lands were so forward long ago. Every man, woman,
and child had that peace in their hearts, and kept above the fray of pettiness. Somewhere along the line, just like with christians, hate wiggled its
way in, though, and found fertile ground. Now those grounds are choked in the weeds of hate on both sides, and its hard to see the love and peace that
once existed. May all of our cultures find a way to remove the poison of anger and bitterness from our hearts, minds, and lives, and once more rise
above such foolishness. That will be the only way we can all live as Allah would will it, I think.