Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sunday Sermon: A Religion, but for many, NOT of Peace




Gallagher and Lyle: Heart on my Sleeve

(Because even when it's not directly my fight, I share the pain of others.  I have empathy for the innocent victims of barbarism, especially victims that suffer because of a Religion )



At 10.00 CET, Saturday morning, November 14th, 2015, Marcus watched of a whole  hour of International reporting of the abhorrent terrorist activities from Paris of Friday night, November 13th.

But quite amazingly, from Obama's address, to President Francois Hollande, to UK Prime Minister Cameron, one word seemed to have been accidentally forgotten.


Islamist.


Perhaps these leaders had not been reading the online news sources that I checked myself at 08.00 CET, Saturday November 14, 2015








Cambodian Restaurant


According to a woman who was in the Cambodian restaurant, a gunman shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great in Arabic) before firing


source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3318086/11-dead-terrorists-open-fire-Paris-restaurant.html







Bataclan

They said that the gunmen in the Bataclan shouted to the crowd: "Allahu Akbar. We're stronger than the French".

source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11995541/Paris-shootings-terrorist-attack-french-victims-latest-news.html


A witness told BRM television that he heard rounds of automatic rifle fire and someone shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the Bataclan


source http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/14/world/europe/paris-shooting-attacks.html


One witness inside the Bataclan hall told how gunmen burst in shouting “Allah Akbar” - God is the greatest – before opening fire. They were also heard to shout: “This is for Syria"

 
source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/paris-attacks-isis-gunmen-shouted-6830234


To deny then, that these events were most likely the results of terrorists working to what they claim is a Religious, and further an Islamist extremist agenda to my simple mind is a large part of the problem.


To Call a Spade a Spade
In my considered opinion

- All Religions are not the same when it comes to their willingness to either take offense to criticism, or support violent action against their perceived critics.

- Only a few religions like Jainism are fundamentally opposed to violence

- The most historically persecuted of the big 3 monotheistic religions, is Judaism, yet it is not existent with regards to Suicide bombing. Have we seen a flurry of Jewish 'extremists' entering Germany to punish its society for Nazi crimes that virtually wiped out the Jewish nation. Indeed NO

- Do we see any other Religion in the 21st century, except for Islam, adopting what most developed societies would state as unacceptably set of barbaric punishments based on Sharia Law. And by adopting I mean into their countries Legal System. Please see Sharia Law by country


By mid day Saturday, November 14, 2015

ISIS

ISIS issued a statement this morning claiming responsibility for the barbaric act, saying it was in response to airstrikes against militants in Syria and Iraq and insults to Islam's prophet.
 

source http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/619363/Islamic-State-ISIS-Twitter-Paris-attacks

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attack in the French capital

source http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/world/europe/isis-claims-responsibility-for-paris-attacks-calling-them-miracles.html

So now we have clarity on the actual source of this terrorism, however global news courage talks merely about the horror, not attempting to even mention the religion of Islam, comically proclaimed by many adherents as /the religion of peace/

A Continued Disgrace


- The International media needs to talk more about Islamist terrorists, not just terrorists. Their current stance and wording is literally incorrect (by omission)


- Existing Islamic Religious institutions need to condemn such actions (for surely they must argue these people don't represent core Islam or its values), and this condemnation be seen on a global scale.


- Existing Muslims must in large numbers be seen to criticise these terrorist acts, because a failure to do so leads others to conclude that they silently condone at least the sentiment expressed by these barbarians


- We, the citizens of the first world should have to accept at least the loss of our humorous liberty. By this I mean, should I openly walk into an airport with a T-shirt with electronics strapped to it, or build what could look like a suitcase bomb and take it to school, we can expect to be forcefully arrested first and asked questions later.


- Existing followers of Islam need to look inside their hearts and think: Is Islam a religion that in all conscience I want to have any future association with?


Perhaps no religion
is better than
any
homophobic, misogynistic, barbaric, violent religion.








Moral Courage


Links
Google Paris Attacks timeline
ISIS Claims responsibility