09/26/2014 by syrbal-labrys
I freely admit that reading about ISIL almost daily makes me feel a horrid sickening sense of foreboding. On one hand, I want to scream, “This is what radicalizing people with torture and seemingly eternal hardship (sanctions, etc) CREATES!” On the other hand, almost daily I see religious people who are NOT being oppressed who state the same kind of unacknowledged and vicious bits of religious ideation. So while I do wish religious groups would “police their own”, I don’t see very many healthy examples of that happening.
ISIL draws people in because of radicalization, but then it is next to impossible for them to get out once they realize what is happening. They function with the brutal efficiency of gangs. They draw in the vulnerable and trap them.
Mainline Islamic sectors ARE trying to make it less appealing, they are trying to open lines of rational discussion about what Islam is meant to be. I don’t think the ISIL cutthroats are listening.
Non-violent religious change, it occurs to me, is difficult to effect with any speed. And ISIL Is moving with the impetus of fanaticism, not “normal” religious patterns. Even the most “hasty” (to quote Tolkien’s Ents) of modern western churchmen — the current Pope Francis, has to cope with speed that barely rivals tortoise racers. And he is finally going to make an example for the world.
But that foreboding of mine? I guess it comes from living in a nation that claims to support freedom of AND from religion; and yet constantly feeling that everyone is expected to select an approved pigeon hole and climb into it. Atheists get blamed for every social ill that is not already laid at the feet of feminists, witches, and lesbians. One assumes the most dangerous person in America is not really a murderer with plenty of guns and ammo, but an atheist feminist lesbian who experimented with magic?
The things said in the name of allegedly Christian religion leave me shuddering at times; if you simply replaced the names….some of the hateful rhetoric would sound just like the ravings of the ISIL murderers. Plug in “Allah” instead of “God” or “Jesus” and it is just as divisive, dismissive, and generally as misogynistic. And even suggesting that tolerance is a better idea than forcing people into various orthodoxies gets labeled as being intolerant. Kind of like calling racists on their racism gets one accused of being racist? Like women being “man-splained” down to from a patriarchal high?