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Seeing Past ISIS
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:05:21 PM »

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Seeing Past ISIS



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Seeing Past ISIS


Moving beyond fear-driven prejudice


Lauren Laskowski



Seeing Past ISIS






Stories of beheadings, church bombings, rape, children murdered point-blank, and executions on college campuses surface almost daily when it comes to the Islamic State (ISIS) and similar Islamist terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the Taliban. The goal of the Islamic State is simple: to set up an Islamic caliphate (nation) that will one day encompass only Muslims. And ISIS will do literally anything it takes to get there, including committing atrocious acts of brutality and killing people of faith who disagree with their mission.


These alarming values can cause any non-Muslim to have a great deal of fear and distrust toward those who follow the teachings of Islam. In the wake of such mortifying terrorist acts, it’s easy to fall into accepting heavily stereotyped notions that view all Muslims as dangerous threats to our security.


While many Christians contend that Islam is not a peaceful religion based on some of the teachings in the Qur’an, scholar Warren Larson asserts, “The way some Christians are acting toward Muslims today is not peaceful, either.” He argues that many Westerners tend to forget that all Muslims are eternal beings made and valued by God, and instead appear to be concerned with only their own safety.


But God calls Christians to a radical love that extends beyond our own worries for safety or well-being. When we allow our fears to morph into stereotyping groups of people, this doesn’t further God’s kingdom. Instead, we’re called to follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbors, whatever their religious or cultural background, as ourselves.


Not As "Extreme" as I Expected


Fear is no excuse to lump together a group of people and stereotype them because of the extreme actions of a few. I learned this truth last summer when I worked for the government of Kosovo as an intern.


Before I left for Kosovo, I had a lot of anxiety about what life would be like as I spent the next few months living in a Muslim country. I knew that Kosovo was a fairly modern country, but I was still fearful about living alone in an unfamiliar culture where the dominant religion was not my own. I expected to feel estranged and clearly labeled as “different” because of my Christian faith. I was even prepared to practice my faith secretly and to avoid talking about my Christian beliefs.


It only took me a few days of living in Kosovo to banish these fears. The Kosovars I interacted with were a lot like me. They had hopes and desires that were similar to most people in my home culture (America), and they weren’t violent or extreme in any way.




Source: Seeing Past ISIS

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TJ

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Re: Seeing Past ISIS
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 12:57:01 AM »
Extremists can be born from any group and any country - including the UK

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