I was trolling through Facebook, where one of my friends posted this article about last weekend’s events in Kenya. (Read only if you have a very strong stomach or, if you don’t, are willing to be sick to yours.) One of his friends, in turn, commented that Al Shabab’s acts are the kind of things that give religion a bad reputation. I thought that was a surprisingly ecumenical comment.* I sat for quite a while afterwards trying to think of a single religion other than Islam that has, in the last, say 300 years, done anything even remotely like that. I came up empty.
Until people are willing to admit that the problem isn’t religion, or even some generic “extremism,” but is, in fact, Islam, I don’t see us making any progress whatsoever in pushing back the barbarian onslaught.
*I know “ecumenical” isn’t quite the right word, since it pertains to all Christians faiths, not all faiths, but I’m tired, and it was the best I could come up with.