Thoughts for the Day — July 4th, 2016

I caught on the news and on social media news of a series of suicide bombings conducted by ISIS against sites in Jeddah and Medina, Saudi Arabia. These occurred not so long after bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, and Istanbul, Turkey. The loss of life in all these bombings exceed what occurred in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando by double, at least.

In the bombing at Medina, it is reported that the suicide bomber was targeting the tomb of the prophet Mohammed, (peace be onto him). This site is regarded as the second most holiest site for those of the Muslim faith second only to the Kaaba in Mecca where the shrine of Abraham’s first mosque remains. At least four persons were killed in Medina, including a security guard according to at least one media account.

What I take from these recent bombings and terror attacks is this:

Islam is not behind these attacks– clearly in these cases, they are the victims of terrorism at the hands of those who would try and hijack and misuse and twist religion to their own ends. Here in these latest cases, they are gravely insulting Islam and targeting those Muslims who would not join their cause or align themselves with their goals.

The mainstream Muslim world like the LGBT community and Christian community have suffered major tragedies under this terrorist organization calling itself “Islamic State”. Make no mistake though, these are not Muslims. They have no respect for their religion or the teachings of Mohammed (peace be unto him) or any other prophet of God. A true Muslim just as a true Christian, would never condone killing or murder of innocent lives and never condone destruction of any kind. Conquest is never a just cause for violence. In fact, there is no just cause for conquest or violence.

It is very unfortunate that Western media had neglected to raise awareness of these bombings and terror acts against the Eastern world and the innocent of the Middle East. It seems our own mainstream media wants to fuel the flames of Islamophobia and xenophobia and bigotry– the very institutions that ISIS and other terrorist groups utilize to motivate and recruit their followers. They want the world divided and they want the West to be anti-Muslim to justify their angst and anger and to re-affirm their assertions that the West is always the enemy and Islam is always the target the West’s anger and disgust.

Now, more than ever, the religions and faiths of God need to unite with one voice for peace and unity and mutual support. We need to gather together and condemn these acts of terror and offer our support to those suffering from these acts of terror. A united front of peaceful people of faith must be formed to send a message of solidarity to those in need and a message that amounts to a firm call to justice for those that would use religion as a weapon or shield to justify violence and terror.

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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