February 6, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

Is violence faith-based?

 

Some people are trying to differentiate between “core” al-Qaida and affiliates that have spread across the Islamic world (Dana Milbank, Jan. 16). They argue that most of these newer radical Islamic extremist groups are second-rate wannabes who are more concerned about local grievances than global ambitions.

Al-Qaida’s strategy has always been to inspire and assist these groups to advance radical Islam. It’s the “cancer strategy.” Its initial malignant tumor metastasized to spread throughout the Islamic world first, and then the rest of the world.

In order to defeat this ideology, we must first understand it. Have these radical Islamic extremists hijacked a religion of peace and tolerance, or is their religion inherently violent toward nonbelievers?

The core truth about any religion can be found in the words and actions of its founder and his contemporary followers. For Christianity, that’s the four Gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

For Islam, there are three holy scriptures: the Quran, “Hadith” and the “Sira” by Ibn Ishaq, translated by A. Guillaume, tells that core truth in biographical form.

Read both and then decide whose followers violate or fulfill their scriptures when they act violently toward and subjugate others. I have.

Bob Strong

Spokane

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