(Israel Today) -- Trying to understand radical Islam has become a popular topic on talk-shows these days. It seems the general consensus is divided between those who believe that Islam is a peaceful religion that’s been hijacked by a bunch of zealous fanatics. And those who see the problem for what it is – something endemic to the religion of Islam.
But there’s one thing they all agree on: religious extremism of any sort is never a good thing. For the secular world, radical Islam is no different than a rabid Christianity that once tortured “heretics” in the Inquisition and burned “witches” in Salem. Or a Judaism that once stoned people for committing adultery or defiling the Sabbath. (The fact that atheistic humanism was responsible for more deaths in the last century is never mentioned.)
But is this notion about over-zealous devotion to one’s religious beliefs correct? Or is there a factor not being considered? Such as what are the religious beliefs someone is so fervent about? For the Muslim, the foundational source of his beliefs is the Koran. For the Christian and Jew it’s the Bible. And between the covers of these two books lies a world of difference. (I’ll limit it to those three religions to make my point.)
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