Wednesday, August 25, 2010

quarreling siblings

The whole religious stance of Jews and Christians against Muslims -- at the same time Muslims against the world -- is stupid. After all, these three faiths come from Abraham (a common beginning).

Jews and Christians have gotten along as these two groups have much in common. As a matter of fact Christianity is based on Judaism. Surprisingly Jews and Muslims have not although Judaism is the faith on which Islam is also based. It's basically like three siblings fighting each other or actually two against one -- as if my two sisters, my brother and I quarreled and get in groups to quarrel the other(s).

The problem in all three groups is the fundamentalist idiots who hate and kill using the name of religion as a shield of sorts. As the saying goes, a bad apple spoils the whole bunch. The view of one of these groups becomes negative in the eyes of the others especially since fundamentalists are loud enough to cause the most damage. Abraham would or could be fuming in anger at this point.

"When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world." - CS Lewis
8:38 AM Aug 23rd via web

Said all this, should a mosque be built near the World Trade Center (WTC) in NYC? Yes, a temple (not a complex) would be a good idea. As a matter of fact, a synagogue and a church should also be in the area. What would be interesting is having a religious complex with a mosque, a synagogue and a church in the same building. Of course, at that point the question and fight would be which temple takes the first floor or the area of the first floor each could take. As most siblings, there's a degree of jealousy and stupidity pulling them apart and close at the same time even in a city like New York.

Has anyone really stopped to think what God thinks of this whole quarrel?