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Another Reply. June 2016

I understand, respect and agree to a large extent with the points you are both making. For the record, I am an atheist and I am certainly not condoning violence, no matter the source.

However, christian terrorists do exist, too. Unfortunately, many of their actions are often portrayed in the general media as unfortunate individuals driven to enact vengeance for muslim atrocities. http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/10-worst-terror-attacks-extreme-christians-and-far-right-white-men

I think it’s fair to say that, to declare oneself a christian, one merely needs to show up at church twice a year – in fact, probably not even that. A simple declaration is commonly sufficient.
Islam, however, to its majority of adherents, comes into play in just about every aspect of a believer’s life, (diet, daily conduct, practice, etc).
Hypothetically, if, in an alternate reality, the US was invaded by an Islamic nation and suffered total societal and infrastructure breakdown, it would be pretty much a certainty that fundamentalist christian freedom fighters would have a steady flow of recruits in response.
It also stands to reason that the Islamic occupiers would declare these groups ‘evil’ and mount a combined PR/military campaign to destroy these christian fundamentalist terrorists.

As a point of interest, the Bible itself is understood to contain around 850 exhortations to followers to perform cruel and violent acts against non-believers, sinners and ‘others’, while the Quran contains around 350.
However, to me, the problem isn’t with fictitious passages written by human beings from long-ago eras with their own agendas, warped by the power struggles of the times they lived in – it is with the existence of the indoctrinated individuals of today who have never learned to open their eyes and think for themselves.
I believe religious adherents are not called ‘followers’ by accident. Followers generally allow others make the difficult decisions for them and, by that token, have not developed sufficient critical thinking skills of their own. Furthermore, they can dodge personal responsibility by invoking the tried and trusted ‘Nuremburg Excuse’: “I just followed the rules.”.

That said, this is all a fog bank. ‘Muslim bashing’ has very little to do with religious differences, it is a politically motivated excuse generated and encouraged to gain the support of gullible, ill-informed populations for resource-grabbing, geopolitical actions in the Middle East.
As a consequence, it is understandable that these predominantly Islamic countries, when bombed and ‘droned’ back to the stone-age by, perceived, christian powers, generate whole swathes of radicalised individuals who have turned in desperation to their religious beliefs as their sole source salvation or, indeed, vengeance.

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

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