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Posted By: robomatic
12-Sep-10 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: Burning Korans
Subject: RE: BS: Burning Korans
Little Hawk's opinion of 09 Sep 10 - 06:04 PM is quite similar to an opinion I've expressed myself. Islam is a younger religion, and can be compared with Christianity of several hundred years ago. And you don't need to go back too far to find Christians beheading non-Christians (and each other) and burning those termed as heretics/ backsliders in fairly large numbers.

It took a long time for Christians to slowly arrive at and pass through the Enlightenment. Nothing has been the same after that. I think Islam is going through an accelerated stage of just that very thing. There's also a strong factor of tribalism being addressed, as many of the aspiring jihadists relate to each other and the world through tribal relations.

There is also a good point to be made that many of the striking issues which drive the violence are not religious, but relating to land ownership, despotic governments, and perceptions of colonialism/ nationalism.

Most of our ancestors were dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world, and the process even in the most 'advanced' cultures of the day is not over (viz resistance to Darwinism).