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Let reason be your anchor…

23 May

I firmly believe the average person in the British Muslim community is outraged by the sort of atrocity we saw in Manchester last night, in which at least 22 people died and 60 were injured, in the same way any Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist or atheist person with a shred of human decency would be; because none of these philosophies condone the senseless killing of innocent people.

But I expect the headline-hungry media will use this new attack, targeted at kids enjoying a night out, to stoke the fires of hate and suspicion which seem to be smouldering beneath the surface of the world’s psyche at the moment, encouraging division and distrust in communities who do so much to promote multicultural harmony and tolerance.

I fully accept there are a small minority of radical and violent members within any community and I am not naive enough to think for a minute there aren’t also a minority of supposed genuine Muslims who, while not applauding the actions of whoever was responsible for last night’s terrible crime, may not be as progressive in their beliefs as some.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the ones perpetuating the violence are doing so by citing archaic and outdated tenets of a faith which has in recent times, made significant steps in its efforts to more successfully integrate with Western society.
In the same way as there are far right Christian groups who espouse ideas about ethnic and sexual cleansing, take the word of the Bible unbendingly literally, forbid the teaching of evolution, ban abortion and birth control and are generally anything but inclusive and tolerant.
Nobody with any sense would say these “Christians” are living by the general principals of their alleged religion, they’re just cherry-picking outmoded views and debunked superstitious nonsense for their own twisted motives.

I personally don’t hold with the views of any organised religion which go much further than; “Be nice, it doesn’t cost anything. Don’t be a dick and, if you do, expect to get treated like a dick in return”, but we need to recognise when the ones who are doing the killing and spreading the hate are doing so for misguided motives of their own and do not speak for the vast majority of those they CLAIM to represent.

Stop The Hate, it’s up to us.

 

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7 responses to “Let reason be your anchor…

  1. willowdot21

    May 23, 2017 at 15:22

    I agree Dale but it has been this way since the first caveman picked up a rock. The Christians have been fighting the Muslims since the crusades yet God is a God of love ?? Tell that to marines , as they say.
    My heart is heavy for Manchester today and heavy for where ever there is conflict every day. Sadly Dale there is no answer there is money to be made from war and the fat cats love money. God Bless Manchester. đŸ’œ

     
  2. John W. Howell

    May 23, 2017 at 18:14

    Excellent post, Dale. I wish more thought the way you do.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 23, 2017 at 19:24

      It’s a no brainer, I can’t see the reason we can’t all just get along.

      Oh yes, because; religion.

       
      • John W. Howell

        May 23, 2017 at 20:24

        Or culture, or traditions, or skin color.

         
  3. Big D

    May 26, 2017 at 12:28

    Well said.

     
  4. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    May 27, 2017 at 00:01

    I extend belated condolences for the bombing and those injured/killed/suffering with trauma that might take years to offset. We may never understand the senseless killing of innocents; if anything positive comes from it, it’s that it brings many closer together, and slowly we find our voices while learning to treasure our fellow man.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 27, 2017 at 06:30

      Thank you, that’s a beautiful sentiment.

       

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