A few days ago, the city of London fell victim to a terrorist attack, with 8 people stabbed to death. While the rest of the world mourned for the loss, and sympathised with the victims and their closed ones, there was also a huge wave of revolt against this particular religious community- the muslims. People blamed them to be responsible for every terrorist attack in the past, all of them, terrorists, part of a terrorist conspiracy. On the other hand, the people of islamic community begged to differ, reasoning that the terrorists did not represent their faith, and the activity of a small part of the very big community should not be a reason to blame each and every individual of that community. This is a topic of much debate, and mostly people have mixed up, or perhaps ignored the facts. I wanted to put my word in, because slowly and slowly, one day or the other, we will have to face the truth, bitter or sweet, and accept our flaws and step up to terrorism together. So my personal blog seems like the perfect place to pen down my thoughts and share them.
Do I think all muslims are terrorists? Of course not. Do I think all terrorists are muslims? Nope. But I do know and believe that all terrorists and acts of terrorism stem from religious extremism. Blaming just one religion for it, is wrong and selfish. I have some muslims and ex-muslims friends, and they are wonderful people. People of morality, and values. I know it would be wrong to blame them for something that some other person ,who shares the same faith as them, did. There have been numerous acts of terrorism in countries like the United States and those of Europe, where the attacker or group of attackers were followers Christianity. These include mass shootings in schools, hate crime, violence to spark race wars, acts of white supremacism and many others. It’s not only men of the above two faith that get involved in acts of terrorism. In India, there has been a significant rise in Hindu terrorism, though this is mostly of socio-political nature, mostly instilled by political parties and their supporters. Hinduism has long been considered as a faith of peace, but not for long. Here in India, where Hinduism is a major religion, there have been attacks on people of other faith, forcing them to convert, or attacks based on difference in ideologies. Group of people calling themselves ‘gau rakshaks’ or cow protectors have been attacking and killing people ‘suspected’ of eating beef just because their faith considers cow holy. This too is terrorism. Though this is not as large scale and organised as its counterparts. Above all, it is being swept under the rug without much hesitation. Some people say that this is a measure to control the violence by people of other faith, and to develop a fear in them to keep them in control. But, obedience based on fear rather than understanding and logical talks is just an example of dictatorship, and wouldn’t being peace or harmony, but rather encourage the people of other faiths to too resort to violence.
The reason, I think, Islam alone is taking all the blame is that terrorist organisations resulting from extremist Islamic ideologies are more organised and spread out over the globe than others, especially in the middle east and parts of Africa. Plus the attacks by the Islamic State, a major terrorist organization, receives fairly more global media exposure than the locally spread attacks like those of its Christian and Hindu counterparts. Other religions too have extremists, but it all depends on the area of majority and strong hold.
Blind faith is a dangerous thing. It can and will make you do ugly and gruesome things. We are made to believe in our religious beliefs from the day we are born, without question or doubts. But sooner or later we will have to acknowledge our flaws. Religions and religious texts do encourage violence, patriarchy, oppression and discrimination. Some of us choose to ignore the bad parts and acknowledge the food that is said, but those who accept the complete package go to extreme levels to prove their ‘devotion’. Their are verses in all religion’s holy texts that support homophobia, violence, murder, war, patriarchy and other social evils. This includes all religions. We cannot ignore the truth. Sometimes i don’t feel like saying it, but the religious people who are moderately religious to say, are not actually totally devoted to their religions, and honestly that is something good. Total devotion without question is what leads young minds to the path of terrorism. No matter how peaceful we advocate our faith to be, we are just ignoring the flaws in it. We need to accept that their are some of us, of our own respective religions, those who develop the extremist view as a result of their unquestionable devotion, and only then can we go on to fight them. Being divided among ourselves, and not acknowledging the involvement of totalitarian ideologies of religions is immature.
Imagine a classroom of a few tens students. These students have been taught many things, both right and wrong. Now if a small group of these students commits a crime, based on the wrong things taught, would it be correct to punish all the students of that class? Surely not. But if the remaining students who were not a part of the act try to hide the facts, perhaps to save the image of their class, and fail to acknowledge that their have been some things wrong taught in that class, Is that correct? No, this also makes them passively responsible for the crime. In a way unknown to them, in efforts to try and save the image of their classroom , they are also supporting and validating the actions of the few classmates who were responsible for an action of criminal nature. But this is what happens in every other class of that particular school. Instead of accepting their flaws they engage in blaming other classes for the lack of peace and order. This just creates more and more havoc. If instead all of them stood up against the bad elements and accept that there have been a few wrong things besides right ones taught in their classes, only then can a solution to the problem be found and peace restored. This is the condition of all the different religions of the world today. Accept that religion is flawed. It is okay to have a religious belief as long as you succeed in filtering out the wrong. But some of us fail to do so. If you think it is okay to kill in the name of religion, if you think other people should be harmed for something you believe, then you are a shitty person.
Stop blaming every single individual for the actions of a few. On the same note, start acknowledging the flaws in your belief system. There is no shame in accepting that. You want to have something to believe in. Good. Go for it. But, accept that their are something bad to it, and most people fail to see that. And it is okay to say that some of your own people have been a part of a crime, an inhumane act, because they failed to differentiate the right from wrong. Terrorism is rising and will rise on account of our failure to look into ourselves and our believes, just because of the obedience that roots from the fear of doubting them. Sooner or later, we will have to let go of the fear to criticise and be criticised. Quicker the better.
Terrorism Has No Particular Religion.
-The Cosmogasmic Person