Now I have been a proponent of live and let live faith for a long time. What mean by that is that I am all in favor of any person believing in what ever divine force, gods or God they want to as long as 1) The don’t force their belief on me and 2) Don’t try to kill me because I believe something else. For the longest time I have heard that there is only a small minority of all religions that are extreme about their faith to the point they would kill about. Islam has ISIS, Jews have Zionists, Christianity has its extreme fundamentalists and the list goes on to other religions that worship death and destruction. Most practitioners, the lie goes, are not that extreme in their faith to kill for it or force it down others throats but I think if I have learned anything about being a religious person for many years is that this is not true. I constantly watch my more fundamentalist Christian brethren continue to force their version of morality on other people through the force of government.
The truth is far more disturbing as we need to understand that there are levels of extreme faith and we need to recognize that the radicals are only at the highest level. The next level lower than this is the level of forcing faith not necessarily by killing the people who don’t believe but forcing them to believe through law and threat. There is a level lower than this that may not want to threaten but they work with democracy to use government to change things to their moral view. The simple point is that all of these people are guided by the same factor – they desire their faith to dominate all others to the point they are willing to use some form and level of force to make that happen. The lie is that only a small amount do this but the truth the small group of radicals needs the support of all the other levels to both exist and recruit from.
The problem is political correctness continues to promote this lie selectively. It is interesting that progressives and PC folk treat Islam with kid’s gloves but the same group went after Israel pretty hard during the whole Gaza strip incident citing false belief of the Zionist on a couple of occasions. I have lost track of the number of times the PC crowd has gone after Christian belief which they blame for every thing from homophobia to the suppression of women’s rights but they become blind when confronted by Sharia law that most definitely suppresses women’s rights and advocates homosexual death. The hypocrisy is telling and so obvious that they are losing ground at every turn. It is interesting that they seem to want to die o this martyr’s sword of “Most Islamic people are peaceful” while all the while being surrounded by facts that they are not.
You see that is the other level of support radicals get. The level of indifference or passive support from people who do not share their faith but refuse to acknowledge the truth that the radicals are more than a few and supported by the majority of a faith who has fundamentalist views. This is the real danger because when people pretend the danger does not exist they set themselves and others up to be victimized by that danger.