I just watched a video about Islam, it spoke of the history of Muhammad and how he went to Medina or Madinah and tried to show that his Quran and the people of the book (Torah), the Jews, how similar their religions were. They would not accept him as the last prophet, and so he started killing them. Islam went from a spiritual movement to a military movement once the Jews rejected Muhammad.
It also told about a time when Islam called out Jews and Christians as scum. As Islam spread it became a requirement, if they (Jews and Christians) would not convert to Islam, they would have to pay their protection tax and Jews were given yellow star necklaces to wear and Christians a belt, so that they could all be identified. They were oppressed from practicing their religions by Islamic people, and they were treated as second class citizens. The actions of 9-11 are symbolic, it was the time when Islam had spread to more of the world than the Roman Empire, at its peak, but they were stopped a Vienna. Bin Laden didn’t just pick the date randomly, it had a purpose from the historical past with Islamic Jihad. This is all part of their religions history.
Just as the Christians in the Crusades killed so many, Islam did and has done no better with their Jihad. Even in Christianity, once the different sects began to split, the ones who had gained more ground, oppressed others that were of the Christian faith as well, so much so that some were killed or in prison throughout their lives or until their death. Just like Islam, Christians have oppressed people and started wars to further the spread of Christianity. In the US, they have come against all other religions, the LGBTQ community, and even people of color. Back during the Civil war, some Christian sects were pro slavery, because the Bible spoke of it in the Old Testament, they felt that it was okay. The Bible, is a book of historic happenings along a Biblical people and timeline, but not all of history.
In today’s America, because Jesus was a person of color and from the Middle East, if he was escaping or attempting to escape from Islam or the Jihadist, our government would reject him from coming here for safety. More Christians than not, would also reject him. The far right have become a very selfish people, they, who mostly are immigrants themselves, are refusing to allow others into this country, for safety or career purposes. When these right or far right people say America first, they forget, or maybe they are aware, that they are leaving their fellow humans to struggles and death, that they could help prevent. The immigrants of this country are a broad spectrum of people. Some bring great smarts, talents, and knowledge to our country, and others help to maintain our infrastructure and do many of the jobs, Americans would rather not do, to help maintain our country.
Religion has been at the forefront of most wars in the history of mankind. It has taken more lives than any other cause, an estimated 150 million to 1 billion deaths have been caused by war. Still today there is a war within religion, and each version of religion is constantly trying to take control or be the “right” one. None of them can get along, or agree to disagree on the fact that they worship in a different way or a different god. As long as religion is around, mankind, will always remain at war. As much as they want to speak of peace and love, this seems to only be contained to its own people and does not include those of other beliefs or atheists. I think there are a few that are actually just peaceful, but I have not delved into them all to know, but the three major ones seem to always be at each other’s throats, over who’s god the best or right god.
From a Christian stand point, if we are supposed to love our neighbor, Christianity is failing miserably. I fear, this will be a continuing cycle, if religion remains, unless people can find a way to co-exist. I fear, Peace will never be attained, because all religious people believe they are absolutely correct in their thinking and everyone else, is wrong. At least, from my experience and observation in Christianity and now researching other religions. This appears to be one of the pivotal facts that is within all religions. The majority of religious people, know nothing of their own religions historical past, because they do not teach it in churches and people are content with not knowing.
Religious people, will not allow people to live and let live. Even still, I can respect others beliefs, but only so long as they do not force their religion on others or cause harm to other human beings. If they cause harm to others or force their religion on others, they no longer have my respect.
Back to the video for a moment. The video was informative of some of the history of Islam, but at the end, the lady said, that “America should be first and all else could go to hell.” I am and will always be appalled by this kind of thinking. The US is supposed to stand for diversity and inclusivity, and people like this, do not respect or represent what this country stands for. This land was built on the blood of the Natives Americans and the backs of slaves, these happenings were not right, but they are a part of our past, which should never be repeated. This country is not about, “damn everyone else, as long as I’m good.”
Note: I have not delved into the history of Islam, in my research, I have only touched on the surface of their teachings. I have also spoken to several Muslim people about their beliefs.