Sunday, March 30, 2008

Peace, Pacification, and Islam

If Fitna strikes you as a little blunt and one-sided, here is another free video that goes into considerably more depth about the reality of Islam: Islam: What the West Needs to Know. (wikipedia link)

I would like to see a similar film on Christianity, one that conducts a no-nonsense inquiry into the claim that Christianity is a religion of peace. This is not to say that Christianity and Islam are exactly equivalent in their embrace of violence.

One important parallel is that for both Islam and Christianity, peace really means pacification. Pacification refers to a state in which non-believers have been cleared from the scene by banishment or death; or, at best, a state in which non-believers have been sufficiently cowed into silence, submission, and acceptance of lesser status. Islam: What the West Needs to Know establishes this for Islam, and Hector Avalos establishes this clearly for Islam, Christianity, and Judiaism in Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence.

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