Most Islamic countries nowadays are rather poor (no, not Brunei and UAE, I know!!), and it is common knowledge, though some here on this Forum said a few harsh things to me when I mentioned it a few weeks ago, that poverty and a low education level are the best breedinggrounds for extreme beliefs, religions, even terrorists whatever. (No, Reisinger, Toda, I know that Osama bin Laden is or was super-rich and a few of his co- terrorists as well, but I'm talking about the followers!!!!!).
The Taliban are/were one of Islam's ugliest faces, and why don't I wonder that this happened in one of the poorest wartorn countries. And why is it, that the major parts of El-Qaida are to be found in the poorest Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, Jemen, Sudan? Because they have a following there and because it is easy to control people and governments and Islamic leaders in order to cooperate with them!
When people in Europe in the Middle Ages were basically poor and uneducated, the Christian Church did things to fellow humans, that are undescribable and ON A LEVEL WITH SEPT. 11, 2001, except they didn't have the weaponry to kill so many people in one strike.
Nowadays Christianity, at least the Roman Catholic part of it, does have its leadership in a rather civilized part of the world, that makes it hard to preach hellfire and crusades, though there are still many teachings coming from Rome that do belong into the Dark Ages.
Now does that make Christianity generally better than Islam?
I think not!
Remember: Basically all terrible crimes in the name of a religion were/are committed because one or several crazy human being says to do so, but extremely seldom because God or Allah or Jahwe or Buddha say so.
Religion certainly is one tricky human business, that much is sure!
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