>>>It is sadly likely that we are about the face another Islamic driven dark day.
With all due respect, I have to take polite exception with that statement.
Quite simply, it paints -all- people of the Islamic faith with the same broad brush, and ignores the fact that the vast majority of them are just as peace-loving as you or I, and that a minority of militants are out there within that faith causing the problem.
As an example, imagine timothy McVeigh, the guy they captured right after the Oklahoma City Federal Building was bombed. I don't know what his faith was, but assume he was a ______ (fill-in with Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Mormon, Buddist, whatever). The next time any attack was expected, anyone discussing another Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Mormon, Buddist-driven dark day. would have likewise been "punishing" the 99.999% of the peace-loving folks for the actions of the .0001%.
Whether it's an Islamic extremist, or a Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Mormon, Buddist extremeist, our disdain, ire, disgust, and defensiveness should be directed specifically at the extremist nature of the individuals involved, and not -all- the members of the general group they might be in, or related to.
I thought twice about posting this, as I didn't want this thread to stray anymore off-topic than it already has, but the spirit of the season (whichever season one is celebrating) led me to believe that we all need to focus on our commonalities, rather than our differences, and stress peaceful solutions over violent ones.
May Peace be with us all this season...
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