Thursday, November 12, 2009

Islamic Fundamentalism in Need of Reformation

It seems kind of a "duh" to the statement of the title, but it took me a while to get to the point of being able to say so. I haven't read the Koran and when I search it out on the internet I find several translations. Sites that show the specific "kill the infidels" Suras are often differently worded than the more official translation sites.

Then I came to a wonderful first-person writing of a young man that very nearly became a martyr for Islam.

It would be very easy to call any war against fundamentalist Islam a religious war, but it really is a war of mankind, it is not a matter of faiths clashing. The basic call of survival says that if one party has proclaimed war on you it is incumbent upon you to kill them first. Especially if you can't avoid them!

Sadly, on this little planet of ours, we can't avoid this war.

Let's just not put it as an our God against your God, our faith against your faith. It is simply a matter of our lives and livelihoods having every right to proceed. Anyone against that, entirely by man's law, deserves whatever termination may be employed.

I had a kid, a hopeful future Marine ask me about "just war." I pointed him to Augustine of Hippo's writings:

"Augustine developed a theology of just war, that is, war that is acceptable under certain conditions. First, war must occur for a good and just purpose rather than for self-gain or as an exercise of power. Second, just war must be waged by a properly instituted authority such as the state. Third, peace must be a central motive even in the midst of violence."

All good stuff and as I said to him, to be a soldier really is a personal decision but make no mistake about it, war is hell on earth and there is no fun, no cool, in it. But some are soldiers...

The third tenet given by Augustine, that peace be a central motive always, is up to the Umma, the body of Islamic faithful. They must decry in every mosque, repeatedly, publicly and privately, against any hateful teachings in their books of faith. Those writings must be stricken from publishing. Anything short is their cumulative condoning of the intent some find there.

Which is exactly where we are. Regardless what the Umma does there will always be this fringe group as faith has a funny way of working like that.

I wish I had more to say, or a nicer way of saying it. The link above is a worthy read!

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