History is always a great teacher. An open mind can learn a lot from history. Here is one such bit:
As believers in one God they were devoted to their holy book, which contained strict religious laws, harsh penalties and gender inequality. Some of them established separate religious courts. The men wore dark clothes and had long beards; some women covered their hair. A royal commission warned of the grave dangers of self-segregation. Politicians said different religious dress was a sign of separation. Some migrants were members of extremist political groups.
Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? It actually talks about the Jews a century ago.
Most anarchists were peaceful, but a few resorted to violent attacks such as the bombing of Greenwich Observatory in 1894 – described at the time as an “international terrorist outrage”. Anarchist violence was an international phenomenon. In Europe it claimed hundreds of lives, including those of several heads of government, and resulted in anti- terrorism laws. In the siege of Sidney Street in London in 1911, police and troops confronted east European Jewish anarchists.
Maleiha Malik writes in Guradian Unlimited, “Muslims are now getting the same treatment Jews had a century ago.” (Do read.) Some people, motivated by political agenda (of dominating Mid-East oil) and some more from pure hatred, are spreading rumours and organising hate campaigns. So better watch out.
Make your own opinions, especially about Islam, and please, for God’s sake, don’t go by the Newspapers and other Media too much!
Meanwhile, gess has a nice article. It aims at engaging Pope about the controversial speech that he gave. It is rather long, though!
We are hopeful, for “Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.“