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Author Topic: Richard Dawkins on Terrorism


Alcuin
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Richard Dawkins on Terrorism
on: June 5, 2017, 20:18

An interview on terrorism and religion...
http://www.npr.org/2017/05/27/530337283/richard-dawkins-on-terrorism-and-religion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Simon



Alcuin
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Re: Richard Dawkins on Terrorism
on: June 7, 2017, 18:16

There were more casualties in an attack on London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market.

After 9/11 (2001) it took until about 2010 to find a British Imam who would condemn the attack entirely unequivocally. It is very different today, quote....
Sadiq Khan has said the London Bridge attackers do not speak for Muslims, telling a vigil to those killed: “Not in my name”.
Khan, the first elected Muslim mayor of a European city, called the three men who killed seven people and injured 48 in their rampage on Saturday “sick and evil” as he addressed the vigil in Potters Field Park.
“Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the true values of Islam,” he said
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Unquote. Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/london-bridge-attack-2017-sadiq-khan_uk_593591a7e4b013c48169dfb1

Many Muslims have made it plain that the criminals amongst them who support Da'esh and other Islamic terrorist groups are not representative of British Muslims in general or of Muslims AT ALL. Terrorists, whether IRA, Islamist, alt-right or otherwise are just criminals or mentally defective.

The Blitz proves terrorism will not achieve anything, quote ....
When the London Blitz finally ended in the early hours of 11 May 1941 – though the inhabitants did not know it, expecting the ‘knockout blow’ to come the following night – 28,556 Londoners had been killed and 25,578 seriously enough injured to require hospital care.
Across Britain, two million homes had been damaged or destroyed, but the majority of these were in the capital, where 1.5 million people were homeless
. Source:
http://www.military-history.org/articles/world-war-2/blitz-ww2.htm
245 days into 28,556 equals 117 killed per day - and that was just London. In Germany the "whirlwind" was far worse.

I don't post that to minimise or detract from the terrible losses and tragedies that have occurred. I only make the point that the terrorism Europe faces is from a few ignorant, superstitious and violent criminals who are getting nowhere. Perhaps they help undermine religion, but more likely they simply disgrace themselves and perhaps their upbringing in some cases.

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