"More than 8 in 10 Americans say that self-proclaimed Christians who commit violence in the name of Christianity are not really Christians. By contrast, less than half (48 percent) say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims." Read the full article here...Extremism is extremism in every religion. In fact, the word is well chosen: it designates a group on the extreme end of the continuum. Extremism in islam is no different than extremism in Christianity: it is an extreme form, which is not upheld by the majority, and which is a deviation from its balanced essence. But if half of the public does not see that, then we are bound to get stuck in the debate on islam for many more years.
September 18, 2011
Violence and religion
Why is it so difficult to apply the same reasoning to different groups with similar traits? When we really are to have a debate about the place of religions within our societies, then let us at least try to start from a neutral point.