Post by DKleinecke
Of course, not all crimes committed by Muslims have Islamic elements.
But the media get confused. For example, I would argue that "honor
killings" are contrary to explicit Islamic prohibitions against killing.
Nevertheless honor killers are almost always Muslim and the media ...
Definitely. And media in the US and Europe tend to be ignorant, not
just about Islam, but about religions in general -- both what they teach
and how believers interpret and put those things into practice. Blaming
all Muslims for Isis is the same sort of sheer idiocy that blaming (say)
all Catholics for pedophile priests would be. The thing is, I know of
plenty of people in the media and other prominent public roles that
blame the Catholic Church and its members, not just for tolerating the
pedophiles, but for their crimes.
When there are just a few ignorant people shouting, you can ignore them.
Not when there's a large number of prominent people and they're all
screaming. When that happens, *everybody* needs to speak up or you'll
have a lynch mob on your hands. I'm afraid that's what's happening at
present in America and much of Europe towards Muslims. :(
I wish I were a better public speaker these days. <wry grin>
Catherine Jefferson <***@ergosphere.net>