“Terrorism’s root causes” is Cal Thomas’ analysis of terrorism having its source in religiously based morality. This is more apparent as time advances: that the battleground for our modern world rests on the religious differences. More and more thinkers are coming to see this connection.
Strange throwback, and yet with a twist: it is broader and more general than the conflicts of old. It is ideological in its most basic sense rather than the specific doctrinal stands.
There are some who argue that this is an internal conflict within Islam. I think that is part of it, but I am going to say something very controversial here. Those who approve of jihad do so because they recognize it as a basic part of their religion. The more moderate Muslims have pushed that part of their religion to the background, as many Mormons pushed their polygamy to the background. It might be obscured, but it doesn’t erase those tenets from their religions.
I think this is why you do not see a strong move on the part of “moderate” Islam to criticise terrorism. They tend to obscure and excuse it, but they do not confront and reject it. The moderate Muslims have found peace and safety for themselves within Western countries with ideals of diverse tolerance of religion, they have prospered in the havens of secular government with its Christian morality base. But they do not want to be found defending it.
I feel sorry for such, to a degree, because they are caught in between a rock and a hard place. Literally. The pressure is going to become great for them. And they will increasingly find no foundation to stand upon. They know in their heart that their fundamentalist compatriots will not modify in any way whatsoever. They know this. How do I know? Because this is something that religious people can recognize if they open their eyes. I understand whole hearted conviction, and I also understand that such can be manipulated and abused.
Cal Thomas says here:”This is a religious war. The terrorists understand it as such.”.
Let me tell you something about this, the nature of religious war is very black and white. There are no gray areas in such a conflict.
This is all I will say here…. this is enough to think about for now.