Since Treed brought up Christianity, I suppose that if I put this thing in a wider context, it's that I'm still developing in how I got about being very critical of religion. I'm disapointed Treed saw it fit to put terms like ''fearing brown people'' into my mouth, while also repeating his stock White European male line again.
Well, I shall be blunt. Yes, I do think Islam in some ways has relations to IS. I don't mean all of Islam with this though(more on that later). The current issue in Europe is that thousands of teens/young adult Muslims are somehow enticed to join a openly violent organisation, and if this war is over, some of them might return, and preform a terrorist act. I don't blindly fear all Muslims because of this. However, some visitors of the Jewish Museum in Brussels were shot last May by somebody who has been radicalized while fighting in the ME. I don't get a kick of being a bigot. But is a thing that happened, and Europe needs to take it seriously without getting into a blind panic against all Muslims(which Wilders likes to do, and I dislike him for that).
The next bit is abstract, my (developing) opinion, and I don't mean to offend by it With both Christianity and Islam, I don't believe a true version of those religions exists, since I don't believe in their divine orgin. There's only the holy books, which the writers had a specific meaning for(and what the specific meaning might be is also difficult to say at times), and the current believers. The Islam/Christianity is what believers throughout the ages think it is. A simple sentence, but I understand the concept behind is is so huge it's almost useless. I also think religions are incoherent because of this. Both peace and hate can be drawn from them. Back to radical Islam, IS and such draw into specific bits out of the Quran, and the history of Islam itself. A caliphate has existed before through the means of war, so there's the idea it should happen again. This is the specific part of Islam I think IS has a clear link to. But it's not the Islam most people in the world believe in.As I said, Islam is incoherent. And do agree the west has messed around with the middle east in such a manner that this kind of hate has a fertile soil. A lot of Muslims don't want anything to do with this kind of violence. Their Islam is another gradation. What I hope will happen is that moderate Muslims will rise up against all the hate and push radical versions of Islam into obscurity. That the whole of the Middle-East will become a free and righteous place to live. Why wouldn't I want this?
But yeah, I said I'm cynical before. It's more complex then this obliviously. There's the huge Sunni/Shia divide.(did that really start with a religious rift though? I lack the knowledge to be sure.) There's the big question of how traditional sharia law should be applied in a modern free Islamic society. Feminism also has work to do in the area. Again, I'm hoping a moderate form of Islam gains hold in the area, and that one day those issues I can be resolved. Make it happen. If anything of the preceding was bigoted, prove me wrong. People like Wilders only care about getting the evul Muslims out of their country, and well... it lacks much rationale aside from that. Islam is just a singe palette to them. I'm critical of Islam, but some bits I hate, others I just don't like very much, other stuff about it pretty good, much like Christanity.
Okay, I admit being the atheist type, and I technically want religion of any kind not to have influence whatsoever. However, that does feel uncomfortable to say, let alone being pushy about that being The Only Right Thing into people's faces. Christianity in Europe is rapidly shrinking in influence. It's also a acceptable target by this point in time. There's plenty of Christianity I could grill, especially because I'm more familiar with the specifics.I'm still angry about being taught to respect something like the Old Testament while there's so much nonsense and brutal violence in it. Moderate Christians still don't face that honestly. The same logic might apply to the Quran, but I haven't really been able to read it, and I'm unsure how to approach doing so, so I'm hesitant going all-out on it. And Especially in the USA there are many things weird things going on with Christians, and I've heard snippets of what evangelicals are pulling in Uganda.Islam is far more controversial to be critical of. It's easy to end up being a labeled a bigot, or a left-winged Muslim-cuddler who turns a blind eye to any flaws that wouldn't get accepted if western people did it. That's exactly why I stirred this up in the first place. I get so many input, especially with all the Atheist sites I frequent(who often post stuff on both religions)And maybe this wall of text is indeed talking to air, but I wanted it out of my system, and maybe somebody will trash it in short order. Tjhat's totally fine. This is how I think right now, if I can be persuaded something is wrong, I change.