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Bernard White


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Islam. Is it a "religion for peace"? Do we understand it? Have we treated it unfairly? (With prejudice and discrimination?)

Considering recent events like "Woolwich" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22664835) I can imagine many feel that Islam isn't a religion for peace.
However I would implore you to watch those TED talks linked in the description (especially "Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran" and "Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing") to get a better perspective on Islamic culture, and its true teachings (of peace and compassion).
All of these TED talks clearly indicate that Al-Qaeda (and other organizations) have distorted the true message of the Quran (or Koran), for instance in the Quran (or Koran) it never mentions "72 virgins".
It is interesting to note that Al-Qaeda's motives seem more political than religious. And their method of recruiting people ( where they seem to use various psychological mechanisms (like "conformity", "obedience", "dehumanization", and imbue a "conflict of interest") to make their cause seem more reasonable. This is quite vividly seen in the TED talk "Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers" in the description.
However Philip Zimbardo (if I remember correctly) in his Book "The Lucifer Effect" argues that many of the suicide bombers were of middle class, or high class origin. So nobody is immune.
Before I say any-more I strongly recommend everybody (at least) watchs this short (3 minute video) : "On Iran, Islam, and Amazingly Stupid Comments"
Now my last part :
Do we treat Islam unfairly?
Have our nations (the west) genially incited hatred towards us by our exploitation f their nations. (If this, of-course, is true!).
Considering (on another note) that most Islamic people are just normal nice people. Like me or you! :D


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    May 28 2013: This is a great TED talk by Haroon moghul about Political Islam,

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      Jun 2 2013: Thank you, Haroon Moghul is great! I want to hear more from him. At the end of his talk he describes about the "Overlap" between how U.S. Americans view their place in the world, and how Muslims view their destiny in fulfillment of the words of the Prophet Muhammad. This insight is something I have been searching for. And Professor Haroon Moghul seems to know so much.

      I am a Christian. And I am not the kind of person who will abandon the faith of my fathers. I was trained in faith as a Fundamentalist & Evangelical Christian. I am/was a member of the largest protestant denomination in the U.S.A. But I have always recognized something very special in Islam. There is something in Islam that puts iron in the soul. It straightens your walk and quiets the mind. I like that. But I am still a Christian.

      I am also trained in Science. And I have to hold myself accountable for that view as well. But it would seem that there is something tremendously powerful within Islam. And Haroon Moghul addresses that obliquely in his talk. I want to hear more. He is telling me what it is that I already think.

      This sounds kind of silly. But If the human body and spirit are compared to an automobile I see a difference. Christianity delivers a clean new family sedan, something like a Buick or Chevrolet. But Islam seems to deliver something that runs like a Ferrari. The engine hums with power. And it is that power that makes Al Qada so dangerous to both the non-Muslim and the Muslim world. Al Qada, and what Haroon Moghul calls "Political Islam" may one day destroy Islam.

      If Al Qada succeeds in killing one million U.S. Americans, nuclear missiles will fall upon Mecca. I believe this. I am not a Prophet like Mohammed; I am not the Messiah like Jesus. But I know this to be the truth. And that will pierce the heart of every Muslim in a way that will make the entire Earth Bleed.

      Let's not do that.

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