RE: Where are all the moderate
by Karen Ramsey
September 25, 2004
Back in the eleventh century, for political, economic, and religious
reasons, Christians sought a Holy War against Muslims that became
known as the Crusades. Christians, Jews, and Muslims all
revered the Holy Land, Palestine. Christian crusaders
set out from Europe to wrest control of the Holy Land from the
Muslims, who had occupied Jerusalem since the seventh century.
Christians conquered Jerusalem and controlled it for a while.
In July 1099, the slaughter perpetrated on Muslims by Christians was
extremely bloody. On the way to Palestine, Christians
also attacked and persecuted Jews as well, claiming that they
had murdered Jesus. There were more than likely
Jews and Muslims who wondered then where all the moderate
Christians were. The divisions among these three world religions
deepened because of the Crusades.
Nearly another millenium later, the barbarism that religious
extremists are capable of is mind-boggling. But let's remember
that extremists exist everywhere. Our own home-grown extremists/terrorists
have wreaked havoc because of their misguided views
and hatred. To me, that's the main motivator for terrorists,
no matter what their supposed religious calling. Hatred
is a powerful force that sadly must be reckoned with.
We have to be careful about hypocrisy, too, if we wish to alter
the misconceptions others in the world may have about us. Oklahoma
City and Abu Ghraib come to mind.
Sadly, it often seems to be the holier-than-thou types who point
fingers and place blame who are the most consumed by hatred and
intolerance. I think most Muslims are just as
dismayed by terrorist criminals who pretend to be motivated
by Muslim holy scripture as moderate Christians are when
extremist Christians harass women and kill doctors.
What the world needs now
is love, sweet love, just like the old song advocates, and a
whole lot less intolerance, misunderstanding, and hatred.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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