I think that most of the muslims who have LEFT the middle east are the moderate and "sane" muslims! I think that 95% of those who chose to remain in that region are a danger
That`s what I thought too, but now I think otherwise. When I see moslems, even second-generation moslems (born in my country), saying on the TV in a street interview that "this means war", and that we (the non-moslems) should be punished for this (and by that, they usually mean violently), then I have to wonder. Could it be that the problem is actually in the religion? I mean, if this violent hatred transcends all land-barriers, cultures, etc, is it possible that the problem actually is in the religion? If it isn`t, then why does it show up here too, in a democratic, western country, with civil rights, welfare and no torture/death penalty?
Gregor, I can't see every single muslim burning embassys or even flags for that matter. The fact that *some* people act this way is not a reason to prejudice a whole nation or religion or region. You are comparable to someone saying that all blacks are criminals.
I don`t see the comparison. It doesn`t matter which culture or region or religion you are brought up in. You are a human being, and you should be able to see the sickness in your own culture and/or religion, and if you realize that it`s all so wrong, then you should leave it. Much in the same way as the participants on this forum have realized that there is sickness in the JW-religion, and consequently left it. This is not comparable with the distinction white/black. A person is born of a certain race, either black or white, and this is insignificant to his nature, level of agression, capability to feel sympathy, his intelligence etc. It`s not the same. I don`t think it`s wrong to have a serious distaste for a certain religion, because whether a person chooses to belong to a certain religion, or act in a certain way (within his religion/culture) then these are his choices, and he has to be held accountable for the way he acts. If there is a "high level of violence" within a certain culture or within the participants of a certain religion, then wouldn`t it be the responsibility of the individual to get out, or at least see the problems within his particular religion/culture? When a person kneels in a mosque, and he hears the mullah say "all the non-moslems must suffer and be punished for the horrible cartoons of our prophet peace be upon him", then isn`t it the responsibility of the individual moslem to see thru the crap coming out of the mullahs mouth, and not act upon the things he says? In comparison, a person can`t "leave" his race, no matter which race it would be "popular" to belong to at the moment. I`ve seen 14-year-old white kids in my country dress hip-hoppier than snoop doggy dogg, but that won`t ever make them black. And Michael Jackson will never be a white woman, no matter how hard he tries. Nor does that matter one little bit. But a person can leave a particular mindset/religion, or at least, it is the persons own individual responsibility what he does, while he is in that religion. And I can`t see anything wrong in investigating a particular religion (like we do with the WTS-religion all the time here on JWD), to see if there is anything in its doctrinal system or its history that has caused a certain pattern of behaviour.
One thing I find to be a bit strange: Not many people here like the JWs very much, myself included. And we talk shit about them all the time,and noone raises an eyebrow. But when it comes to Islam, then we suddenly have to watch what we say? (well, some don`t, lol). Why is that?