To Paris with Love

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I awoke today with the dreadful news that terrorists had attacked Paris in the name of revenge for Syria airstrikes and insulting Islam’s prophet. I felt powerless to do anything, but I also felt compelled to write something.

I don’t know of any God of any religion that would be okay with killing, let alone killing innocent people. These were not people that took up arms against Islam. They were not even asked what religion they belonged to, nor was there a threat assessment against them; they were never given a chance. These were ordinary citizens minding their own business, doing their own thing.

What were these atrocious, unforgivable acts against an entire religion and nation? Some of these people went to a concert; others thought it would be okay to go out to a bar or a restaurant. And, God forbid, some actually found it acceptable to watch a football game at a stadium.

If you say Allah is great, I have no reason to doubt you, but the taking of life in his name is another thing altogether, and is not what the Qu’ran teaches. In fact, the Qur’an says the opposite: “…Take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus does He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” (al-An’am 6:151)

A terrorist will take the text of Qur’an and only see, “And kill them wherever ye catch them.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:191) In their convoluted interpretation, they view this as their God given right, ordained by the highest Prophet, of how to deal with non-believers. In fact, if we look at the phrase, “And kill them wherever ye catch them.” in its entire context, we find there is no permission to kill non-believers of the Muslim faith.

Thus, killing, under the law of the Qu’ran is a sin. In fact, it is a sin under most religions. Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Lutheranism, Sikhism, and many more—all decry killing. I apologize for not listing them all here, but I am sure you get the picture.

When religious texts are taken out of context and manipulated and distorted to back a convoluted ideology, war is what historically ensues. Biblical texts have been taken out of context since biblical texts have existed. The numbers of wars that have been fought or continue to be fought in the name of religion are numerous, too numerous to mention them all. There were Crusades pitting Muslims against Christians; there is the Israeli–Palestine conflict that has been ongoing since about 1929; Protestants have been fighting Catholics, somewhere in the world, as early as the 14th century; Nazis used the bible against the Jews during WWII; and the Lebanese Civil War goes so far back that no one can agree on why it had started in the first place.

We need to stop killing in the name of religion. We just need to stop killing.

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