i took a class on Islam my last semester of college. Somehow i ended up being 3 credits short of my general education classes to graduate. So i ended up with one final semester, one class and a list of about 20 options to choose from.
Well, Intro to Islam met one day a week on Tuesday night from 6-9:00 pm. We had a winner. Not only did it only meet once a week but the prof was from Lansing and had an hour drive home. So classes ended early, even for a evening class, and the tests were all open book.
Funny thing happened. i actually learned something. A comparative study of a religion i knew absolutely nothing about gave me great respect for the followers of Islam.
btw.... mawlid means birthday and today is the day recognized as the birthday of the prophet Mohammad, or various other spellings. It is not a universally recognized day in the Muslim community, because of many reasons, one being that Muslims do not want their faith to unitentionally evolve into one that worships the prophet instead of Allah, which translates to God in Arabic. Same children of Abraham, different word.
This is a long way to get to my thought. Sorry but i needed to provide some background. i heard the phrase today, which we have all heard; RADICAL ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST, as a way to define terrorist. i can't stand that phrase, two reasons
First of all radical and fundamentalist really don't belong together. One part is... Well...i don't know, umm radical. The other is... Well...let's call it, fundamental. Do i really need to provide a dictionary to show these words go together like, military intelligence, good catholic, etc...
Second, it's not fair to Islam, and Muslims as a community. It may be borderline racial. It definitely creates fear of the Islamic community. To be fair, i'm asking anyone to stack up the number of bodies of people killed in the name of Christianity to those same numbers created by Islam, over the history of the two religions, to see which one has a stronger history of terrorism. bummer for those of you who forgot about the crusades and Hitler.
Anyway, by now, if you are still reading this you may be monitored by our own government for reading my radical, yet somehow, fundamental viewpoints. You might as well continue...
Anyway, here's the end of this thought. Really, i mean it. Let's start referring to those idiots who protest at military funerals as Radical Christian Fundamentalist. Then let's widen down the definition of Radical Christian Fundamentalist to more and more groups of people. Then Radical +Religion+Fundamentalist will work it's way out of vernacular.
I think it's a great idea. But it's only my opinion.
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