COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER DEBATE

September 10, 2010 § 2 Comments


After following the ongoing protests concerning the Islamic cultural center in New York city, it is very obvious that many people out there are so blinded by the media’s portrayal of Islam, that they refuse to educate themselves on the matter at hand. The majority of verbal messages being spread from this protest are those of hate, prejudice, and complete misunderstanding. It is within everyone’s rights to agree or disagree with the location and construction of this center, however, it is not civil, nor respectful, to discriminate against a religion, a people, and what many forget, citizens with equal rights.

I am fully supportive of the argument being discussed at hand here, and it is not important to state where I stand with the issue. However, I do feel it to be crucial to read up on our history and the history of Islam if you decide to engage in the protest against a centre that is affiliated with Islamic religion. Really, it is important to argue with a founded purpose, not with a hateful purpose – this goes towards all religions, cultures, etc.

I found a site through the BBC website which is dedicated to the education of religious sects. Check it out, it’s nothing heavy duty, but will aid in further understanding religions such as that of the Muslim faith, but also Christian, Catholic, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. So, click here to check it out!

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§ 2 Responses to COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER DEBATE

  • jonolan says:

    Two Points:

    Firstly, Timothy McVeigh wasn’t a religious extremism; he did not commit terrorism in the name of his religion so far as we know, unlike the Muslim terrorists who do so, rightly or wrongly, in the name of Islam. McVeigh’s actions were purely politically motivated so it’s a piss-poor analogy.

    Secondly, if these Muslim “extremists” are so extreme as compared to the “norm” and so few, what does that say about all those politicians’ complaints and warnings about Rev. Jones’ planned Qur’an burning? It’s got to be one or the other; either violence and terrorism are fairly close to being normative within Muslim populations or the warning and complaints, including those by the Muslim leaders, were utterly false.

    • ulib4 says:

      I mistyped the first point, claiming “religious” rather than “belief,” but do believe that see both incidences as extremism in differing shapes and form. I was most definitely incorrect on that statement.

      Regarding your second point, it is not to say that hate does not exist on both sides of the pond. I do not condone the reponse of violent reactions on either side. However, Petraeus is aware of the danger that lies ahead – Al-Quaeda, for instance would respond. Obviously, there are common citizens that would as well, but attitudes on both sides are not peachy-keen, and the awareness of violent results are clear. This side does not have the same issues within politics, terrorist groups, and struggle that the other side does – we have our own issues pertaining to THIS government, and they have theirs. And Islam does not relate souly to the Middle East, it relates to Muslims across the globe of which there are millions.

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