We have all seen the posts and pictures on social media, reassuring the general public that not all people of faith share the same poisonous view and ideology. There has been a surge in such uploads after the horrific Paris massacres as there are immediately after any major terror attack. Most people (at least I am hoping) understand that only a very small percentage are to blame, although the severity and scale of devastation and loss of life can make it appear that these numbers are much higher. Others are going around spreading a ‘close the borders!’ style message in Europe at least, feeling that by that locking the door and standing behind it this will be enough to stop the pressure applied from refugees.
I am not one to agree with the more radical of the two, ‘closing borders’ will not prevent the problem those fleeing conflicts are enduring. It simply buries our heads in the sand further.
So I will talk about the more peaceful protesters, the moderates, the ‘good’ side if you will. I do not believe that one side is good nor bad however many far right groups adopt the idea that stopping immigration will be the solution. It isn’t. Like sticking your finger into a bucket of water full of holes it is only a temporary fix and won’t last very long.
I do not know the answer, which I am sure would be demanded if this post was presented in the form of conversation. If anything I’m asking the question used as my title.
The reaction I find most common and very self confident is that we should not paint all believers with the same extremist brush. Rightly so. But with the decision to show support to the moderate, I find religion receives a get out of jail free card.
Like a great big pair of puppy dog eyes religion gets off the hook, despite it being the key ingredient. Is the need to defend fellow moderates against those outside of the religion greater than the need to aim arguments toward the extremists? If hate crimes rise, maybe so. Until then, it is a waste of breath. Atheists and those of a seperate belief aren’t as dangerous and should not be prioritised as such.
The danger comes from the belief moderates try to defend, not those questioning it.
I’d like to ask readers, what do you think of the reaction to recent attacks? Are you pleased with the response, or feel that reactions are misguided? There are so many angles to take there is no definitive right answer, however conversation helps and should be encouraged over violence.