The recent events concerning the storming of embassies and killing of their personnel really upset me. It was triggered, at least in part, by a film that was very offensive to the muslim religion. Now why would anyone make such a movie, knowing full well what reaction it gets? Was it someone who from a place of their own religious extremism attacked the other side, or was it someone who calculated the extremist zealous reactions and set the film off like a neat little time bomb? I am guessing that it was a mixture of those two.
Nothing moves extremists more than attacks on their religion and nothing is more dear to them than attacking another religion. Every logical thought is shut out and replaced by a big HRUHAAA, let’s get at ’em!
What we need to remember though is, that for every religious extremist there are hundreds of religious moderates who are able and willing to reach out to others and coexist and cooperate. People who follow the golden rule and respect other people’s opinions. People who do not like the volatile actions of the extreme fringes of their religion one bit.
What the religious moderates of all religions have to understand though, is that they have to speak up. Be it Christian, Muslim, or Jew, moderates have to work hard to make sure that extremists do not define their believes. Moderates have to stand up and say, this is not what I stand for, or they lose the ability to speak at all. Thankfully, in Libya this happened. Muslims took to the streets to demonstrate for a partnership with the American embassy and against extremist violence. It was heartwarming to see this reaction. I hope to see more of it around here as well.
Because if moderates keep quiet and just let extremists speak, soon there will not be any dialog left. There will be a big blaming of THEM on the other side and an ever wider rift in the world. For all extremists on all sides agree on one thing. They want chaos, they want conflict and they want to see the world burn.
Don’t let them.