shafique wrote:My arguement is that the religious labelling has artificially created the impression of the religious divide you talk about
I am missing the point here then, can you tell me who has created this so called artificial labelling that you have concluded with proof?
shafique wrote:When examined objectively I find that the majority of terrorist acts aren't due to religious grievances or justified by religion. On the contrary, religous authorities around the globe all denounce terrorism and appear to be united on this one point.
This is like painting the picture with roses, What ever has happened in the past decade and continue to happen has everything to do with religion, whether it is palestine, kosovo, bosnia, kashmir etc. You mean to say these people have taken up arms NOT becuase they were muslims and being subjected in their own countires, but becuase of social issues (which are also forced upon them as they are monority muslims in those countries).
I also like to know which muslim religious authorities denounce terrorism in true sense, all of them do so under the pressure of their govt authoities who are in turn under the pressure of western govts, that is the real truth.
Laslty am not supporting these acts, all i am saying is that as time passes, each day the hatred against the west is building up within the common people, and the fact of matter is muslims govts and their people are united against the west and believe me if there was another 9/11 (GOD forbid) both these parties would be sort of happy not becuase of the innocent deaths but becuase of reap what you sow.
Walk in the streets of saudi, pakistan for one, and you would find common man hating the west and this phenomenon is growing and on is doing any thing to stop or prevent it. Govs are just doing enought to prove their loyalty to us and others. Other muslim organization you talked about, well to me they are just doing Lip service.
In my opinion, the practical approach would be to try to bring some sense into the common people in the every friday sermons by the Imams (of muslim countries and not by opening some web sites like in UK etc which is again done to have a clean chit from the local authorities that we are clean as we live in uk and we are with you denouncing the terrorists acts).
The other day I was passing by the street and I heard the imam performing Taraweeh (night ramadan prayer) and he was was literally cursing the US and asking god to do all sorts of bad things to it. What I told you is ground reality and what you are trying to paint does not exist in the majority which I hope and pray will penetrate and we should focus our thoughts and deeds on other issues to build this torn ummah.