There are two things my father advised me never to discuss if I wanted to keep my friends. The first was how much I hated the person they were dating. The second was religion. Since I felt so damn good after my last rant, I’m going to keep rolling.
Religion, in general, is a pretty unreasonable theory. Let’s face it, to claim that some supreme being made everything in existence is the opposite of reason. Scientists and athiests would call it an unreasonable attempt to explain the unknown. It’s the basis for faith, basically. Faith is accepting this unreasonable explanation as fact. So why is it such a surprise to me that people who accept this unreasonable explanation of Life, the Universe, and Everything would act so unreasonably?
I’m talking, of course, about the Islamic reaction to a political cartoon. Let us look at the facts, shall we? It was a cartoon published, originally, in one paper. It was, according to Islamic belief, blasphemous. I’m even going to go so far as to state, as a fact, that it was insensitive to Islam.
But to riot in the streets? To throw rocks at U.N. officials? To trample your own brethren when the police, to no one’s surprise, use force to disperse the masses? This goes beyond the simply unreasonable. This is absolute lunacy. (And the next full moon isn’t until Sunday.)
I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be angry. I’m saying they need to vent that anger to the correct place. You can not blame an entire nation for one paper’s cartoon. You can not attack people who have nothing to do with this blasphemy. In doing so, you are creating a presence of fear in the innocent. Heck, you’re creating an essence of outright terror. (You see where I’m going with this?) You are becoming terrorists.
Why, in Allah’s name, would you give people more reason attack you? HA! I just answered my own question. But perhaps you should go back and read your Holy Quran (59: 23-25) again. “He is Allah, and there is no God beside Him, the Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is Gracious, the Merciful.” Merciful? Doesn’t that mean forgiving? Doesn’t that mean, pretty much, the opposite of violent?
Allah was not a terrorist. To attack people in His name is to shame him, and shame yourselves. Just like the Crusades were an embarassment to Christianity, so too is this jihad.
Stop proving the narrow-minded correct. Be angry. But be civil.
(And now that I’ve said “terrorist” in a web-publication, I’m probably on some FBI watch list and a soon-to-be-kidnapped list.)