The difference is that Europeans won their battle against religious totalitarianism a long time ago. Arabs are still struggling.
But the kind of playing the victim routine that a lot of Muslims (not you) engage in, kind of gets old with most people when it is being used to justify bloody murder of innocent people. Claiming that this carnage is unrelated to Islam is also a bit of a stretch. The people who are doing it certainly seem to think it is related to Islam.
Well, I quite agree with your first sentence. The second falls to a sticky wicket.
It is fact that that a Muslim can never justify the killing of a person that isn’t trying to kill him first. What the jihadists do, knowing that the aforementioned is fact, is *expand* the definition of “trying to kill you first” to “anyone who is a citizen of a country that is trying to kill you”, on the pretext that all citizens pay taxes, and thse taxes support the militaries which (allegedly) are being used to kill Muslims. So, using gimmicks like that….everyone is fair game.
So yes, it’s “related to Islam”. What it’s related to is a very untraditional, modernist, and self-serving re-interpretation of traditional Islamic belief designed to provide religious cover to terrorists.
It’s despicable, by my way of thinking.
We also find that many of the original European born Muslims are beginning to become radicalised by the new arrivals.
Yes. This is a problem we are at less risk of in the US, since the Muslim population is for the most part wealthy and not ghettoized, but it is still a risk.
Islam is no more evil than any other religion. But there is definitely a strain of deeply bigoted and dangerous Islamic radicalism that is trying to infect Muslim youth, and it is being manipulated by many Arab leaders both religious and political. I think to say that that has nothing to do with Islam or Muslims is a cop out.
I agree with all that. My references to “not a part of Islam” are to traditional Islamic teachings, not this virulent new sect.
But where is the chorus of outrage across the Muslim populations in Europe? Where is the anger that they readily display if someone draws a cartoon they don’t like?
I cannot say, and would love to know the answer to that question as well.