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What's the difference

between someone who goes around the Middle East saying Westerners are trying to corrupt their culture and take over, and someone who goes around the US claiming Middle Easterners are trying to corrupt their culture and take over? What's the difference between a Muslim cleric who teaches children that Americans are evil and a Christian pastor who teaches children that Muslims are evil? What's the difference between someone who starts a radio/tv campaign about the need to return to Islam and defend their nation from Western attack and someone who starts a radio/tv campaign about the need to return to Christianity and defend their nation from Muslim attack?
How about the difference between the Iraqi Information Minister and the average CM poster who copy and pastes blogs and pretends they are credible news stories about evil Muslim plans and bible burnings?
Do you defeat your enemy if you turn into them?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 8:53 AM on Sep. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • VERY WELL SAID!!!!!! I agree 100%

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 8:56 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • that the person saying it is right (in their own minds)

    Answer by Zoeyis at 8:57 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Just putting his beliefs out there, we don't have to agree.


    Answer by zbee at 8:59 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • i agree .
    if only human could accept differancies

    Answer by caramelH at 9:00 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • You are 100% correct. Unfortunately I am afraid people won't recognize themselves.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:05 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • the only difference i see is what the person physically looks like. there's always two sides to an 'arguement'. always. who knows, there might be a form of CM 'over there' with someone asking the same question. 'who is the enemy that need be defeated' depends on which side you're on.
    humans...ya can't live with 'em, and ya can't live without 'em.
    i'm not sure what returning to any religion has to do with defending your country from an attack..i think that ploy is used to gather a fanbase, and encourage a 'fight'.
    what, really, IS a credible news story these days? its always slanted, so again, i don't see a difference in a 'real' news source, and your average run-of-the-mill blogger. take everything with a grain of salt. even crap you read on CM.

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:11 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • I think it's sad that people can't speak their mind anymore without being labled a racist or a liar. Certain parts of the world aren't peaceful and never have been. Some have more than their share of extremists. I have yet to see a Western religion become perverted to the extent that they recruit young men, women and even children, strap bombs to them and send them to cafes, markets in the streets, buses where they can kill innocent people. Or planes are flown into buildings. The difference is it's okay to say we don't want extremists here. It's okay to defend ourselves. This preacher you're going on about never would have gotten so much publicity if the media had not hyped him and if so many people ready to condemn this country, some of it's citizens even. It would have gone away. Not all of us believe this country is so bad. I'm sure not pushing the panic button because of one lunatic. It's sad you are.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • I'm sure not pushing the panic button because of one lunatic.

    One lunatic? If it were only one, it wouldn't matter. It's sad you can't see the reality in front of you. There is an entire network of extremists in the US using propaganda and fear to try and intimidate people and recruit them to their side. That idiot in Florida had thousands of supporters on facebook - THAT is why he ever hit the news in the first place. It wasn't his on pr. The first news report on him was in mid-July, and it was about the thousands of people who were liking his website and links to his burning plan. The link was embedded into anti-community center chain status messages with the "post this as your status if you agree" and people did. That guy made the news because his supporters put him there, and there are far more of them than the 50 that attend his church.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 9:20 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • There is no difference. Both ignore the true intent of the other religions, both choose to omit parts of history (like the Golden Age of Spain) which prove that "evil" or violence isn't part of the religion's true nature. Both cling to ignorance and prejudice instead of realizing that we could work together to root out extremism.

    So, again, I see no difference.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:27 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Very well said. I would also like to know what the difference is between a mothernourishing and feeding her child through her breastmilk, or giving her child the best she can through formula. The difference between the fact that an extreme love is shared between two men, two women or a man and a woman. Etc.

    Now if the rest of the world would open their eyes and their minds.

    Answer by Memigen at 9:49 AM on Sep. 12, 2010

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