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Anyone hear about Pastor Terry Jones?

Apparently he got arrested with a bunch of kerosene soaked Qu'rans


You can read the headline here.




And what about the Christians heckling Muslims as they marched today?


How much longer do we have to wait for 9/11 to no longer be considered open season for Muslim bashing? Is it even acceptable, given that by now we should know better than to generalize against a whole faith? We've had 12 years to educate ourselves and set our misconceptions straight. I know most of the ladies here have done so, but it is a shame that so many (in our country) have chosen instead to perpetuate the misinformation instead.

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Asked by bandgeek521 at 10:02 PM on Sep. 11, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • Is it even acceptable, given that by now we should know better than to generalize against a whole faith?

    Sadly, I think it will continue to be "acceptable" as long as there are people to dense to know the difference between discussing one aspect of a faith and generalizing the entire faith. Because it's how they treat Islam, they assume it's how everyone else treats them, and it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:05 PM on Sep. 11, 2013

  • "Because it's how they treat Islam, they assume it's how everyone else treats them, and it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle"

    You're right. The issue is two sided: people are unwilling to listen to any opinions about their own religion without considering it an attack AND they refuse to educate themselves at all about the opinions of others, making any conversation impossible and negating any chance for improvement in regard to the issue we see of misinformation and closed mindedness. And I agree, too, that it is self perpetuating. The more they feel attacked or threatened by those who attempt to engage in dialogue with them the more they will shut out other opinions as evil or wrong, making dialogue that much more necessary, yet even more difficult to achieve.

    Honestly, it makes me think of a certain troll we see here occasionally.... Spouting nonsense and then freaking when others point it out for the nonsense it is...

    Comment by bandgeek521 (original poster) at 10:10 PM on Sep. 11, 2013

  • (refuse to educate themselves about the beliefs of others, excuse me, haha)

    Comment by bandgeek521 (original poster) at 10:12 PM on Sep. 11, 2013

  • Knowing better doesn't seem to be effective. We've had questions on this very board in the last day or two that are full of misinformation or deflection or, worse, rancid justification for this type of behavior.

    The most frustrating part is that it should be a pretty easy goal to attain. Critical thinking. Research and verify what you're reading/hearing. Don't pass on inflammatory crap if you can't verify that it's accurate. Open your mind.

    But, for some reason, being uninformed and hateful is more emotionally fulfilling than being well informed and moderate.

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 10:17 PM on Sep. 11, 2013

  • When will he outgrow this.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 10:53 PM on Sep. 11, 2013

  • It's such a shame. People feel justified in their hate because of 9/11, and so those who set out to cause terror and strife are still achieving their goals, all because of willful ignorance.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:19 AM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • People are emotional assholes that fly by the seat of their emotional outbursts bc when they do they feel better. They feel justified and righteous because their emotional feed their overinflated ego. And when you think you have a big strong god in your corner you can get away with anything.
    It's pathetic that these people don't see how they are no different or no better than the people who perpetuate hate against Americans. They just want to scream persecution and hatred against their little old selves.....boohoo poor US! Muslim bastards should all die, right?
    These people need to get the hell over themselves.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:28 AM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • At the beginning of this month, Sushmita Banerjee was tortured and killed in her home, for writing in her book that muslim women were often mistreated by their men. After asking her why she would say such terrible things, the invaders shot her in the head. She was, herself, a muslim.
    Religion--OF ANY KIND--is dangerous to innocent life. This isn't JUST muslim-bashing. It's more. If we look away from Sushmita--or the 30,000 who died on 9/11--we put innocent life in danger. When people die because they cannot speak or live the way they want to, we lose. ALL Christians are responsible for Westboro Baptists, whether they agree with what they do or not. ALL muslims are responsible for Sushmita and 9/11. Because they looked away. Ignore what is happening in Islam, if you wish. Just don't expect it to stop the horror of this violent, extremist religion from happening.

    Answer by witchqueen at 11:56 AM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • I don't deny that people misuse religion. But I believe strongly in the intellectual honesty that this fanaticism does not make up a religion as a whole OR represent its intent. We are responsible for how WE use religion, whether we personally endorse or condone the actions of others. Not for their actions alone. Every religion has a spectrum, in terms of application. To paint it all in one stroke is just as much a part of the problem as those who attempt to deny their own religion has people on the extreme. All we can do is advocate for the side of faith we believe in and against the extremism. We can work toward interfaith understanding and coexistence and against the fanaticism and hate. We do not have to reject our religions themselves, as they are not truly the problem. What is necessary is advocating the rejection of such extreme interpretation, not a blanket dismissal or religion as a whole.

    Comment by bandgeek521 (original poster) at 1:03 PM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • Saw this on my facebook feed today : A Christian writing to Terry Jones, declaring his intent to help donate Qur'ans to make up for the nearly 3000 that Terry Jones ruined. :)


    Comment by bandgeek521 (original poster) at 12:46 PM on Sep. 13, 2013

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