Registered On: September 7, 2015
The difference between the shooter and the Islamist is that the former may not be motivated to do their deed for religion, whereas the latter is. This does show that religion’s ability to instil agreeable moral codes is not good, but it would be unfair to blame the shooter’s actions on religious reasoning if the motivation is not there.
While I support the rights of Muslims and do not subscribe to the idea that most are jihadis in waiting, there is a clear issue within the religion for extremism. The Islamists are, unfortunately, ‘true Muslims’ just as much as the more peaceful ones (who form a greater majority) are.
I find the attempts to try and frame who is a true Muslim or not to be as flawed as when BPG tells us Catholics aren’t real Christians. The motivations may be sympathetic, and I would certainly rather side with those leafleters over any Islamist, but the religion clearly allows for a hateful interpretation. I am sure they would also be able to cite various hadiths and quotes from the Koran which they would say shows they’re correct and these peaceful leafleters are infidels too.
However, none of this is helped by ridiculous conspiracies about atheists being an Islamist fifth column or whatever from Big J. I suspect he doesn’t see anything as anti-Muslim and would gladly lump in apologia for Islamic issues with genuine hatred for Muslims.