7 comments on “Do most Muslims support terrorism?

  1. But the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan has massive public support throughout Pakistan. And those riots across Libya & Egypt in response to Saturday Night Live-style ridicule demonstrate profound intolerance. I would call that popular support for a kind of terrorism. Indonesian Muslims are peace loving as individuals, but the word “run amok” comes from the Indonesian language. There is a lot of violence in the Muslim world that doesn’t capture media attention — particularly Muslim on Muslim violence. Don’t fall into the modern self-deception that all religions are basically the same.

    • Right. There is a profound difference between the Biblical Gospel and Islam. However, the desires of most Muslims are not that different from the desires of most Christians. They are not violent and hateful people. They would prefer to live peaceful lives. They love their families. They enjoy guests. It is regrettable that so many live under totalitarian governments and among violent opposition groups. Only Christ can bring the change they desire. Thankfully that message is spreading! My hope is that Christians will neither fear Muslims or believe they are all terrorists.

  2. Greg, I agree with your assessment, but I think a further question has to be squarely faced: Do most Muslims want a society governed by Sharia-type law? Do they want a society where blasphemy laws can prosper, where things run according to honor and shame to such an extent that one cannot criticize others without deep fear of reprisal, where non-Muslims are accorded dhimmitude status, and where women are treated as property? I think there is a lot more explicit, and tacit, support among Muslims for the kind of Sharia-governed society wherein radical, violence-promoting elements of Islam are allowed to flourish. How many average work-a-day people on the European continent in the 1930s promoted notions of anti-semitism? Probably not the majority. Most of them just wanted to live their lives. Yet their tacit approval of regimes that did led to awful consequences. We need NOT brand Muslims as terrorists, but in the West in particular, we also need to stop shying away from the truth that the seeds of repression and violence spring from implementation of Sharia-type governance, grown in the soil of the Koran and Haddiths. When we refuse to do this because we think it will be considered offensive to Muslims, we are exacerbating the problem, and in my view, not treating Muslims with the dignity they deserve, but rather as children who “cannot take it.”

    • Well said. I agree. However, it appears to me that the predominant perspective in the West is that to be a Muslim is to be a terrorist. That is an unfair and unhelpful characterization. I sympathize with the current predicament of the Muslim majority. They did not choose to be born under authoritarian governments or in the midst of hateful violence. Most feel like victims. They don’t know how to change their circumstances. Most who step forward to make a difference are misguided regarding their enemy. For us to help bring real change, we must identify and relate to their current realities. Punishing them for their ignorance or circumstances out of their control does not help.

  3. I agree, Greg, and I appreciate your thoughts and candor. The issues are complex, and go to the heart of what it means for humans to flourish in every way: economically, socially, politically, emotionally, and most important, spiritually. I sympathize with the Muslim majority as well. When once we know Muslims, our perspectives begin to change. I do often wonder what practical things we can do, in love, once we have identified and related to their current realities, particularly if we are not living in their countries.

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