Opposition to mosques

I'm no big fan of organised religion. However, to oppose a mosque (or Islamic cultural center in the case of downtown Manhattan) on the grounds that Islam equates with terrorism not only shows a complete ignorance of the real teachings of the Qu'ran (a charge I would also level - but for different reasons - at oh, say, The Taliban for example) but also shows a complete ignorance of how the history of other religions have used (do use) houses of worship to raise funds and popular support for violence.

In any case. This ridiculousness is going on all over the place and reading an article about it today I found the following oxymoronic (is that even a word?) sentence.

"Feeding the resistance is a growing cottage industry of authors and bloggers — some of them former Muslims — who are invited to speak at rallies, sell their books and testify in churches. Their message is that Islam is inherently violent and incompatible with America."

Sorry, but I thought that America was completely compatible with inherent violence. I mean, not a day goes by in America without someone shooting someone else, or themselves, or a bunch of people. This is the country where Christianity and gun ownership often go side by side . It is a country which is at war all the time, both overtly or covertly (or both). I was under the impression that violence is a cherished American institution.

Considering the amount of intolerant, narrow minded people out there, I would have thought fundamentalist 'Islamic' hardliners would be welcome as kindred spirits. They should all meet up over tea and biscuits and discuss how much they hate people who don't think like them.

1 comment:

Dave Heasman said...

"Violence is as American as applie pie". Someone who delivered and received violence said in the 60s.

(I found this blog by googling Lucy Helton. Who I knew in 1974/5)