Stella*Fantasia: sigh Well I’m not going to tell what you should believe…No wait, this is the pit. So I probably will . But I won’t insist you agree with me. And I don’t expect you will .
As I said before, I’m not here to defend anyone. Certainly not the practitioners of horrific practices like ‘honor killings’. Which are not confined to Islam( they are better correlated with societies that make heavy use of dowries - Hindu India is also badly afflicted ), hardly universal in the Muslim world, and like many of the egregious practices of the Taliban, not called for by Islam ( to the best of my knowledge - I’ll admit I’m not not a Koranic scholar ). Such practices are for the most part local cultural accretions that are given a thin and shaky religious veneer to try to help justify their inherent barbarity.
I am an atheist ( albeit not an inherently anti-religious one ) and regard virtually all of the major religions as strongly patriarchal at their roots. I won’t deny that some may be a little harsher in degree than others. But they are all a bit tainted in my eyes.
What bothers me is this “thousands of years of hostility run in my veins…” stuff. I mean you do realize that it is more like decades of hostility, don’t you? Jews were generally FAR better off in Islamic society, as opposed to Christian society, for millenia. Though hardly pampered, they were offered protection under religious law as “People of the Book”, and in some cultures ( the Ottoman Sultanate, for example ) they could ( and did ) hold political office. So why this unreasoning hostility? Why not thousands of years of ingrained hostility towards Christians? You’d have more historical justification for that ( still wrong-headed ) view.
I’m sorry but this is just the sort of narrow-minded attitude that my relatives ( if any are still alive ) in Serbia hold - And it leads to the same thing. Simple-minded bigotry and hatred. Which breeds violence.
A liberal Muslim in San Diego is not the same thing as as rabid Wahabi cleric in Afghanistan. Any more than a Reform Jew in Seattle is the same as a fanatical Orthodox settler in the West Bank. Lumping them all in the same boat is simply ridiculous. Have you ever met a Muslim person? If you did would you view them as individuals or would cast them as ethnic/religious enemies due to the ‘thousands of years of hostility running in your veins’? It’s the answer to that last question that I worry about.
I’m sure ( or I would imagine, since most people are at heart ) you are a decent person in many ways. I don’t wish to come off as just flaming you, pit or no pit. So you’ll forgive me if I was harsh - I just have a strong opinion on this matter. And I hope you think seriously about what I said. Peace.