Anti-Islamicism In America
Even with the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks come and gone, tensions remain high in the U.S. between Muslims and those who believe that Islam is a dangerous religion. Recent events, such as the threat of a Florida pastor to stage a burning of the Koran, have further inflamed these tensions, as has the plan to build a mosque near the former site of the Twin Towers in New York City. Any time that people are ignorant of the details of a situation, they may make unfounded assumptions. This is certainly true both of the anti-Islamic Americans and the Muslims in other countries who are angry about news like the planned Koran burning. Let’s take a minute to consider why many people are content to remain ignorant and angry about concepts and people that they do not fully understand.
Your Version Of God
Many people have been taught their religion is the only true religion. But studying other religions can cast doubt on this limited view. If we compare several world religions, more and more commonalities appear. Stories of resurrection and the preaching of concepts like compassion are not unique to any one faith. It can restore our faith in our fellow man to realize this. However, some people do not want to – or cannot – see this. They would rather remain angry than face the fear of reevaluating concepts upon which they have based their lives.
Luckily, with the advent of the internet, it is becoming more and more possible to educate people and change their minds. It’s no longer necessary to attend college to study theology. As more and more people access information online, there is truly hope that tolerance will spread. Eventually, fundamentalists of any religion will find it difficult to convince others of their limited views.
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