This is something that really gets me angry. I've lived in Muslim countries in West Africa for several years and I've had a great time there, and I was made to feel welcome even though I am an atheist. I have nothing against the Muslim faith.
But there is something very wrong with the way that the large non-violent majority of Muslims in Europe, and apparently all around the globe, do not want to speak out against barbarism committed in the name of Allah or the prophet Mohammed, blessed be his name.
Actions like this cannot be condoned, cannot be tolerated, cannot go unpunished, no matter what religious belief you have. The murdering of opinion is against the Muslim faith. The Muslim communities must speak out in the strictest possible terms against these maniacs, and they must be the first to take a stand and make it hard for these people to operate. It is inconceivable to me that they are not doing that. For not speaking out is, to some degree, agreeing with the needless and baseless violence. If the Muslims close ranks based on faith, rather than humanism, they will separate themselves from the majority of Europe and this will not make their future any brighter.
Regardless of what will happen and what it will mean to be a Muslim in Europe in future, these people will not win. They will never win.
let's take this from a different angle:
- One assumes that this is about religion and therefore those in the 'faith' [I subscribe to none] must profess their innocence and/or apologize for the few idiots that 'profess to represent' such faith: It's almost like a gun owner apologizing for the fanatic whom shoots up a school yard.
If a Christian or Jew or whatever person, goes off the deep end, by turning fanatical, do all in the world whom do not subscribe need to support their faith by always [key word here] denouncing idiots?
When Waco TX or Jim Jones, some mega-churches in the US, or Mormons in their interpretations goes fanatical do those in the 'faith' need to support or deny?
Fanatics are just that and these fanatics/terrorists in France are just idiotic killers with some jerk concept of what reality they choose.
what a burden.
Religion has become some sort of bully pulpit which seems to be the splintering of many factions to a 'particular' religion in some person's interpretation: this latter is why I stay away from organized religions and why it should be segregated from public/political processes.
By the way: I am no fan of any fanatic stirring the fires which I see as a bent on causing a ruckus.
The magazine did that in their 'editorials' not so much on living persons which make sense to me, but on dead ones which is to those that subscribe a direct incite of causing problems.
Really, they 'just needed' to go there? It seems they KNEW it would be a problem, had guards and secured doors etc. to do their deeds under what purpose? their own agenda: they are as fanatical as the persons they knew would take a fanatical objection. The mag was making a political, religious statement and took that responsibility under their own mantle---but it went outside their bounds.
I DO support their right to do whatever they wish, as long as it does not endanger MY and my loved ones, but, sadly they just fed a fire.