As a member of the often decried as "silent" Muslim majority, I am appalled by most of the exchanges I read on Islam. It seems that we are far down the road of dehumanization and demonization of Muslims in the West. The same process took place before the bloody Christian crusades, the horrific Christian colonial era and was followed by Nazi Christian Germany for the Holocaust. Years of pounding the same messages into average folks leads them to increasingly view targeted others as subhuman and demons. War mongers only have to pose as savers and heroes to get blank checks to slaughter and inflict misery on other countries and cultures for whatever motives they have: economic, strategic,... Religion is always used as a cover for more worldly and greedy schemes. The fact that the pope, whose position has been a voice of moderation in interfaith relationships in recent modern time, has felt free to disparage and insult one of the leading religions of humanity is a really bad sign and an indication that confirms the level of bigotry that ahs spread in the west against anything that ahs to do with the Muslim world. The problem is that on one side it is the pope and elected educated officials who insult a culture or a religion, on the other it is only a minority of extreme radicals completely marginalized by their own societies. Huge difference. If anything is scary it is if the war mongers in the west, already in full destructive action, continue to take power and decide to expand its use against Muslims under the guise of protecting their culture and civilization, whatever that means. A bunch of bearded guys screaming their discontent in front of world news cameras are a benign threat compared to the well shaven nuts who can by the push of a button level entire cities and countries. May god rid us off the crazies and idiots on all sides. All the "silent" Muslim majority wants to do, similar to the "silent? Christian or Buddhist or Jewish ... majorities, is to raise its kids in a safe world and live long enough to see them grow and prosper in a loving and secure environment.
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