We keep hearing the buzzwords “Islamic Terrorism” from the media.
It’s easy to understand the media’s need to keep people interested and following. Advertising money is what keeps the media rolling. Readers and/or viewers see the advertising. If the media has little to offer, interest dies off and advertisers look elsewhere to peddle their products.
However, keeping the public interested doesn’t necessarily mean we have to use words that are not only untrue, but serve rather to arouse anger and intolerance in others.
Christians have arguably started and/or become involved in more wars and bloodshed than peoples of any other nation.
Starting in the Middle Ages with the intention of wiping out Islam (still an almost unknown religion in most of Europe without the ease of communication we enjoy today), and located across the Mediterranean where few Europeans ever expected to go, good Christians took it upon themselves to make numerous Crusades to wipe these Infidels off the face of our world map.
Before and since that time, not content with waging only religious wars, Christians have managed to become involved in an almost constant stream of warfare for some of the vaguest and most improbable reasons imaginable.
The point here is that, no matter how many wars Christians believers wage, few have ever referred to these conflicts as Christian Terrorism, or the Christian war in Korea or Viet Nam. No one calls our invasion of Iraq the Christian Movement to get Saddam.
Terrorism exists. No doubt of that, and it’s worldwide, but Islam has little or nothing to do with this. While it is true that many factions hide their violent assaults on other peoples behind the veil of Islam, the truth is that they use this as a cover, an excuse for their actions. The real focus of their anger is the common practice of the United States to meddle in the affairs of other countries. It’s true that as a world leader, the United States has a vested interest in keeping an eye on other countries, especially repressive countries. We have an interest in protecting human rights. But where does our interest in human rights end and our interest in the protection of oil wells, and other resources supersede these?
Neither Christian beliefs nor Muslim beliefs promote violence nor intolerance. In Christian communities, some people carry a Bible and many have spent years in close study of this document. Yet everything a Christian needs to know and heed has been stated by Jesus. His words are words to live by, yet we conveniently forget or twist these around so they can fit our purposes. People smile and say, “Do unto others before they do unto you”.
The message brought by Jesus is so simple and straightforward that even the most uneducated should be able to understand and follow it. Mohammed taught essentially the same ideas. In fact, almost all world religions teach exactly the same teachings.
From the very beginnings of life on earth, until today, we — each and every one, black white, yellow or blue — are related. We’re brothers and sisters. While it’s true that siblings sometimes have disagreements, they seldom attack and even kill one another.
Rodney King may not have been an educator, nor even an upstanding pillar in our society, but he said something very penetrating when he said, “Can’t we all just get along?”
That’s how I see it.