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Were the attacks against America on 9/11 en act in the name of God?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Jun. 10, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • depends on what you mean...

    i dont think God had anything to do with it. i believe the extremest Muslim men who were convinced by the leaders of the Taliban that this was something God wanted them to do did 9/11 in the name of God (Allah). however, the leaders of the Taliban...i dont think they have God anywhere in their organization or planning, but rather use it to further their agenda. so i guess it depends on what you mean by "name of God".

    Answer by okmanders at 11:04 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • "9/11 was retribution... I wonder how others fail to see that. "

    Yup, OBL even said something about getting us back for something we did in Lebanon. "While I was looking at these destroyed towers (by a US-aided Israeli bombardment) in Lebanon, it sparked in my mind that the tyrant should be punished with the same and that we should destroy towers in America, so that it tastes what we taste and would be deterred from killing our children and women." and "Allah knows that it never occurred to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind."

    There are *political* reasons behind the attacks (A World Without Islam goes into them well), reasons that were given a religious mask, yes, but reasons that were not religious in nature.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:42 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Hats off to Bandgeek.

    She did a great job and saved me a lot of typing!!!!!!!!!

    I would like to add this.. The attacks were political. However, both sides (meaning: the terrorist, the US government and people in our country and others) have done a very good job of putting a religious mask on the issue in order to garner support, continue fear and outrage, and to keep the fires stoked..

    Answer by pixie_trix at 2:50 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • September 11 was an act committed against us by people who fundamentally believe that we and our way of life, are evil. It was no coincidence that part of the attack was on a building mainly used for financial business. It was also an attack against our government's policies in the Middle East.
    God had nothing to do with it

    Answer by adnilm at 11:07 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • There is a long history of US involvement and offense in the ME, from the aforementioned incidents to issues like promising to remove our troops from Saudi Arabia by a certain time, the idea of what western "colonialism" and imperialism has done to the ME, and many other things. We can't look at these attacks as an isolated incident, but instead as an event in a chain of a long history we have with the ME. They may have used religion to justify the attacks, to support or encourage the mindset behind the attacks, but the issues were not religious at all.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:45 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • I'm not justifying the attacks, but just making the point that we can't cast all the blame on them without realizing the US has had it's hand in this conflict as well. We can't blame the religion of Islam, or the God they believe in (which is the same God worshiped by Christians and Jews). To do so misses the point, completely ignores all of the *real* issues that led up to the attacks, the issues that are the real reason for so much of the conflict and tension between the US and ME countries. We have to recognize our hand in it in order to be able to realize what needs to be done to help resolves some of these conflicts and bring about some sort of attempt at reconciliation. The thing is, they (those with this mindset) see US as terrorists and extremists, too. And with both sides only focusing on the extremism, we lose sight of the humanity, and violence and prejudice perpetuate themselves. (cont)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:49 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • We have to accept our roles, and our account-abilities, and work towards a better way of handling things, actually make up for the wrongs we have done them, as well as trying to get back on the right foot in find a way to work with them instead of constantly against them - them being the ME people in general and not any specific regime or group, if you get what I mean.

    The US has a BAD history of getting wrapped up in other countries and making things worse - supplying arms to both sides of a conflict to keep them even so neither of them win, giving money, arms and training to people and groups who end up becoming our "enemies", bending international ethics to achieve our goals, etc. We need to seriously rethink our role in the world, how we interact with our fellow countries, or we'll keep having these problems when countries keep deciding they've had enough... We need to change, too, not just force change on our "enemies".

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:53 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • hi I am an arabic muslim,AND MY ANSWER IS HEELLL NOOO,God wont be happy by killing innocent people and kids..and nothing in our religion tell us to do that,those are terrorists that bring shame to our religion,who dont understand what islam is,these r murderers who just do thier crimes with putting on the mask of religion! Our God is ur God is one God,and by knowing God,he is peaceful,and crimes will never be "in the name of God"

    Answer by newmom300 at 8:11 PM on Jun. 11, 2011

  • Anyone who fails to see that the attacks were political, carried out under the guise of religion is simply a fool.


    Answer by popzaroo at 12:49 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • yes american soldiers killed alot of our innocent people and kids in afghanestan and iraq,and we saw babies killed by the american armies,but we still oppose that way of revenge,if american soldiers are ok with killing babies,we are not,and we call whoever kill kids a terrorist,and in our opinion revenge is taken from american army,not innocent babies and people who has nothing to do with politics and it wasnt thier fault that thier government used that policy against afghanestan and iraq...we dont kill babies,we dont kill innocent people,not even as a revenge,and we muslims were happy ben laden was killed,he only brought shame to our religion

    Answer by newmom300 at 8:19 PM on Jun. 11, 2011