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Honestly, from this little information, my impression is that this is an unusually disturbed individual, and this really is an act of workplace violence. His current religion merely gave him a frame of mind to justify these atrocities. ON THE OTHER HAND, seriously, when you read a headline that reports a beheading, it's probably going to be connected to Islam. It would be impossible for anyone to justify this in Christianity or Judaism.
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RockinRickOwen Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 7:14 AM
I agree. I think we lost the culture war 50 years ago. We are acting like we haven't. What we need now is a new strategy, embracing another chapter of Clausewitz , one with the goal of social revolution.
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RockinRickOwen Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 7:12 AM
I strongly disagree with Stossel's reasoning here. Neither smoking nor drinking necessarily lead to lung cancer or drunkenness, respectively. One can do these things in moderation without negative consequences. In contrast, the entire purpose of "doing drugs" is to, at minimum, "get a buzz."
Some years ago, as someone who takes the Genesis account literally, I came to the realization that Evangelicals were so busy defending Bible stories as literally true, that we had forgotten that they are, in fact, stories, and therefore have a message.
Something is slouching towards Bethlehem.
So where exactly are the Muslim voices speaking out against this? As far as I'm concerned, if the "majority" of a community fails to speak out against horrors like this, they are aiding and abetting. Either they think murder is cool, or they are cowards. Either way, who needs them?
Wow. I would NOT trust the Arab Muslim community on this at all. At the beginning of the British Mandate in "Palestine," trouble was being stirred up within the Arab Muslim community, especially in and around Jerusalem. The British governor decided to work with the local leaders. What he wound up with was dealing with Hajamin Al-Husseini, who helped the British find the troube-makers. sort of. In truth, he was the mastermind behind troubles, and he was giving the British the names of his political rivals. Perhaps a better approach would be a Reagen-esque "trust, but verify."
While yanking the entire article IS cowardly, there was a correction needed: "Allah" is NOT Satan. How do you think Arab bibles translate "El" or "Elohim" from Hebrew? "God?" No. They use the Arab equivalent of "God," or "El," which is "Allah." This is not to say that Islam's claims and practices are valid. It is not that they worship a false god, but that they worship the true God in a false way--because Mohammed was a false prophet, and the Koran is not from God. For that reason, just as the evils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches do not mean that Jesus is not the Messiah, the evils of Islam (including the Koran) do not mean that Allah is not God. The Crusades and the Inquisition contradicted the teachings of the New Testament, especially the teachings of Christ, as does much of Catholic theology. Yet while the atrocities perpetrated by those calling themselves Christians are incompatible with Christianity as based on the Bible, the atrocities committed by those calling themselves Muslim are fully compatible with Islam as based on the Koran.
In the words of John McClane: "it' always about the money."
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