A Word from Fouad
I was watching the horrific aftermath of the Mumbai bombings on CNN when reporter Fareed Zakaria attempted to explain the events...
Zakaria said that Muslims in India are marginalized. They are not represented in government and they are 3 times more unemployed than people of other religions. Therefore, he concluded, it is easy to radicalize Muslims in India.
But here is my question: What is it about Islam that radicalizes people to kill innocent bystanders? It can't be simply poor living conditions and being unrepresented in government. Thousands of Christians in Muslim countries have the exact same situation. They are unrepresented and unemployed.
Yet we have not seen Coptic Christian terrorists take the Pyramids at Giza, or marginalized Filipino Christians attacking the Burj-al-Arab hotel in Dubai. If Islam teaches peace, as so many scholars insist upon, how can you radicalize a follower of that religion to kill innocent people?
I believe Jesus is right by saying 'if you hate your brother you killed him.' What we saw in India is depravity of humankind. No less, no more. When you harbor hatred, you get murder. I know the feeling! Jesus saved me from my hate, and He can do the same for all people today.
I know what my Muslim friends are going to say. "But Christians have committed violence too!" But this completely misses the point. It is very difficult to pressure dedicated Christians into becoming violent. But with Muslims, all it takes is a cartoon or an offensive book, and people get butchered.
Here's a picture of the Mumbai aftermath: