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 Post subject: The Myth of Muslim support for terror
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:55 am 
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The common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews.
By Kenneth Ballen

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0223/p09s01-coop.html?s=u

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WASHINGTON - Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland's prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that only 46 percent of Americans think that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "never justified," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."

Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world's most-populous Muslim countries – Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are "never justified"; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent.

Do these findings mean that Americans are closet terrorist sympathizers?

Hardly. Yet, far too often, Americans and other Westerners seem willing to draw that conclusion about Muslims. Public opinion surveys in the United States and Europe show that nearly half of Westerners associate Islam with violence and Muslims with terrorists. Given the many radicals who commit violence in the name of Islam around the world, that's an understandable polling result.

But these stereotypes, affirmed by simplistic media coverage and many radicals themselves, are not supported by the facts – and they are detrimental to the war on terror. When the West wrongly attributes radical views to all of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, it perpetuates a myth that has the very real effect of marginalizing critical allies in the war on terror.
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In truth, the common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews. Whether recruits to violent causes join gangs in Los Angeles or terrorist cells in Lahore, the enemy is the violence they exalt.

Our surveys show that not only do Muslims reject terrorism as much if not more than Americans, but even those who are sympathetic to radical ideology can be won over by positive American actions that promote goodwill and offer real hope.

Proves once again that we could buy our way out of this dilemma- probably for a lot cheaper than maintaining our war machine.

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If only we could 'buy' honest media, one that brings us understanding of problems, we would have a much better country.

Does the violence of The Lambs of God, or KKK represent all Americans? Well, neither does the violence of radical Muslims represent all Muslims.

How hard is that to understand?

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Excellent post, DO.g's....and I agree with dori. Violence and terrorism done in the name of any religion should be denounced. Yet, the history of the Christian religion is full of both....consider the Beatitudes (a word that is never mentioned in the Bible. Also absent from the Bible are the words "Sermon on the Mount," which Christians use to describe what Jesus says in the fifth chapter of Matthew, all beginning with "Blessed are.....")

For example, here is what Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation says about the fifth beatitude, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy:"

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"This is admirable, but how many of us are ever in a position to bestow mercy? The ability to grant mercy implies an authoritative rule over others: slavery, kingship, military. Christian parents ought to observe this mandate when they're about to follow the biblical command to spank their children. ....A better moral principal might say, "Blessed are the merciful, because no human being has the right to harm another."


"There is also a potential dark side to this verse," continues Dan Barker.

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Many believers are eager to forgive the sins of their pastors, priests, and other church leaders, unwilling to denounce them or to seek criminal or civil justice when they commit crimes. This is painfully evident in the many cases of pedophilia and child abuse in the ministry. Blaming or ignoring the victims, many church members rally to the support of the minister, consoling him with "mercy" in his time of need. If this beatitude produces such a lack of accountability, then it is truly an evil verse.


Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker, pp. 350-351. More of Dan's material can be found at http://www.ffrf.org

If you scroll down through the topics in this one forum alone, you will find tons of information about how "peaceful" the Christian religion is!

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Good site Catherine. I have bookmarked it.

Thank you.

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i posted this very same article over at njo/njc

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