Writer: Understanding terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo'

In order to understand last week’s events in Paris, a non-Muslim has to ask two questions of a Muslim: (1) Do you believe in the separation of church and state? and (2) Do you acknowledge my right to believe in the separation of church and state?

If the answer to the first question is “yes,” there is not a problem. If the answer to the first question is “no,” there is a potential problem and we move to the second question. If the answer to the second question is “yes,” once again, there is no problem.

However, if the answer to the second question is “no,” coupled, firstly, with the statement that if non-Muslim will be killed if he or she continues to believe in the separation of church and state and, secondly, with action, you have the start of a war which will drag on for hundreds of years until one side or the other is vanquished.

Violence begets violence. A person cannot turn the other cheek when another tries to kill him or her.

In this war of attrition, many lives will be lost and one of the other consequence will be loss of freedom for those who never wanted the war in the first place.

0
0

NO COMMENTS