Extremists and Religion
EXTREMISTS AND RELIGION
Show some empathy
Since the terrorist attacks by Islamist fanatics on Sept. 11, 2001, many Christians in this country have called for those who claim that Islam is a religion of peace to demonstrate the truth of their contention by restraining those among their fellow Muslims who appear to be preparing to wage violent jihad.
Is it too much to ask of Christians the same? When the leader of a Christian church in Gainesville carries out a threat that 1.5 billion Muslims perceive as a violent assault on their religious sensibilities, it seems fair to ask Christians to remove the beam in their own eye before trying to pick the mote out of their brother’s (Matthew 7:3-5).
When Christians look in the mirror and tell themselves how hard it is to do that, perhaps they will understand and sympathize with the difficult task they are asking of Muslims who are embarrassed and ashamed of the crimes committed by those who have hijacked their religion.
Perhaps they will instead link arms with Muslims in an effort to spread the light of understanding and love that is the true purpose of both of their faiths.
For the record, I am a man of faith, but neither Christian nor Muslim. I am a Baha’i.
Tom Armistead, Fleming Island