COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.
This is just so insanely out of control. Where are the cries of outrage and condemnation from so-called peace-loving Muslims? Where are the cries of outrage from Jesus-loving mainstream christians? It seems that atheists and human rights groups are the only people who have the courage and moral conviction to speak up? I'm angered that mainstream religious people sit in silence while fundamentalist factions of their same belief systems commit crimes against humanity. A few elected government officials have spoken up recently, but I hear nothing but silence from the pious masses.
You are right. I wonder if the Imams are stirring up violence. Not just "flash mobs" appearing out of nowhere, spontaneous and unplanned, but incited by bloodthirsty, power hungry, sadistic hate-filled imams. Plus, with poor economies and poor education - some of it in madrassas? - people are easily manipulated. Especially blood thirsty, torch-wielding, sexually repressed sheep.
I think it's the latter. The press doesn't comment on that much.
I mean really. One Buddhist man supposedly insults islam in some way (how) and the "punishment" is to terrorize a community, burn 4 temples, and 15 homes?
Pathetic tribalistic, violent behavior. The Abrahamic religions are not religions of peace.
You won't hear anything from mainstream religious people. You won't hear anything from mainstream Muslims when the their political and religions leaders incite them to violence and murder over cartoons and cheap videos. You won't hear anything from mainstream Buddhist leaders when Buddhists attack Muslims in Myanmar, and Hindues attack them in India. You won't hear anything from mainstream Christians when their political and religious leaders intentionally call for gays to receive the death penalty in Africa, and spread AIDS with the lie that condoms are ineffective.
And why not? Because the "moderates" give the extremists all the cover they need and want. They appear, in acceptable business dress clothing, on television talk shows, and sound ever so reasonable. They state, with all the phony sincerity they can muster, that while they don't personally condone violence, it is "understandable" given the "attacks" on, and "persecution" of, religious ideals and principles. They play the "blame the victim" game in their justification of religious violence. To the gullible, who have faith, this sounds eminently reasonable. If it weren't for the people making the cartoons, promoting the homosexual agenda and lifestyle, criticizing religious beliefs, putting up billboards denying god, Jesus, Mohammed and Mary, none of this would be occurring. The "moderates: are the smiling masks the wrold sees, for the evil that lurks behind the grin.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Pat, you've expressed in a nutshell exactly what is taking place in the religious community. Well stated.