| Excuse me, but your cognitive dissonance is showing
| Monday, September 04, 2017
|BCF : On June 5 in Brighton, Melbourne, at a spot I have driven past countless times, there was a terrorist incident.
An armed Muslim, Yacqub Khayre, crying out support for the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, took a hostage, killed a hotel worker, and engaged police in a shootout, until he was shot dead. It is hard to imagine a less likely place for jihadist violence than affluent, Anglo Brighton, with its tidily quiet tree-lined streets of multi-million dollar homes.
If it could happen in Brighton, it could happen anywhere. Islamic terrorism has been a shock to the secular soul of the West. We
have tried to address the security challenge, but are not across the
intellectual challenge. Recently in the Australian,
Jonathan Cole exploded three myths that hamper efforts to counter
terrorism: the essentialist claim that Islam is a religion of peace; the
idea that jihadists are political actors exploiting religion; and the
idea that jihadists are deranged psychopaths.
In response, Cole argued
that the terrorism debate needs to engage with Islamic theology.
There is a fourth myth not canvassed by Cole, the ‘myth of the
extremist’. This is the idea that the jihadist’s condition is a case of
‘extremism’, a state which transcends any particular religion, and which
therefore has nothing particular to do with Islam.
The myth is that the
problem is not what jihadists believe, but the way they believe; not
the content of their faith, but the blindness with which they pursue it.
This was the view of Charles Wooley’s recent article ‘Blind faith breeds barbarity in Islam as it did in Christianity’.
Read it all here.....................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 4:17 PM