I hear a lot these days about how violent the religion of Islam is particularly in comparison to Christianity. Christians and Conservatives are often heard saying that Christianity has matured into a peaceful religion while Islam has not and that’s why we can’t do things like build mosques near ground zero in New York City, because Islam is a religion of violence. A terrible and horrible act on 9/11 has allowed bigots everywhere to decide all Muslims are terrorists, an idiotic lack of critical thinking that has spawned websites like the following:
Now I know a lot of you out there will say that Christians do not commit terrorists acts in the United States and I would remind you of Eric Rudolph, who bombed abortion clinics in the southeast, and I would also refer you to the following link which documents over twenty-five acts of violence including, murder, attempted murder, anthrax attacks and bombings in America committed by Christian Terrorists. If we use the logic that 9/11 condemns all Muslims, don’t these acts condemn all Christians?
I have also heard that Muslims are totally unreasonable, that death threats and riots came about for something as silly as threatening to artistically represent Mohammed. Muslims found the cartoons offensive and this led to large-scale protests and some incidences of violence; you can read more at the link below:
Or for a much more enjoyable treatment get a hold of the South Park episodes on the same topic.
Of course Christians would never do anything like that, oh wait, maybe they would as this weekend a woman from Montana entered a Colorado museum today with a crow bar and destroyed a work of art on display because she did not like the way Christ was depicted, and you can read more below:
So to me, I’m not sure there are any major differences between Islam and Christianity, both religions claim to be the only one, both of have bloody pasts, and both have recent blood on their collective hands in America. Can’t we all just get along? It is disturbing to me to be thinking about this topic particularly on this weekend, which would be the 70th birthday of John Lennon had he not be mercilessly shot down in NYC in 1980. So maybe take a few minutes, and in remembrance of Lennon just listen to his words and think about the meaning behind them, then hell, maybe we all could just get along.