The above picture has been making the rounds on social media. It claims that because Muslims invaded “Christian” lands almost 1,400 years ago that today’s Muslims cannot claim to be victims, this is a premise based on ignorance and shrouded in hate.
More than 1 million and possibly as many as 3 million died in the Holy Land in the name of “Christianity” during the period of the First Crusade to the Last Crusade
Millions of Hindus died under British rule in India – while spreading its “Christian” Empire
Millions of Jews were slaughtered throughout history at the hands of “Christians.”
Millions of Native Americans were slaughtered from the time Conquistadors arrived in the New World under the cross of “Christianity.”
Millions of Africans were enslaved under the guise of “Christianity.”
Too many innocents have suffered and died in the name of religion.
I have served alongside members of the military who are followers of Islam, and I have taught many students who follow the teachings of Mohamed. They are some of the finest people I have been blessed to know. Their religion is NOT a religion of violence.
Ignorance is not bliss; it is simply ignorance. Those who claim to be Disciples of Christ do not make threats against others because of which Holy Book they choose to read, or because of which Prophet – or Prophets – they choose to follow. They do not run secret prisons and torture people while spouting platitudes of “Freedom” and then attending Christian Church Services the next Sunday.
Yes, atrocities have been committed in the name of Allah and yes, atrocities have been committed in the name of Christ. It does not change the fact we are all children of our Heavenly Father.
“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind,” said Mohandas Gandhi, and we are a world blinded by fear and hate. A world staggering in blood.
Do not misunderstand me, ISIL is a terrorist group claiming to follow the teachings of Islam, its actions demonstrate this is not true. The members of ISIL need to be hunted down and eliminated. Not because they are Muslim, but because they are criminals. They need to be hunted down because they are members of a terrorist organization, not because of the religion they claim to follow.