by Kenneth Justice
~ Every coffee shop I hang out at recently, the topic of conversation is the same; “We’ve got to do something about religious extremists! ISIS, Boku Haram, and other groups are out-of-control!” is what people are saying to me every day.
Extremism, especially religious extremism, comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s not quite a cut and dry case in regards to how we should deal with the problem.
Take North Korea for instance, this country has enslaved generations of it’s own people in concentration camps. North Korea is an atheist state. North Korea is perhaps leading the world in the level of evil and vileness being committed against humanity; they have a practice in North Korea in which they punish you to your third generation! So if you get thrown into a concentration camp, they encourage you to have children while in camp, and then your children and grandchildren are all raped, molested, tortured, etc….all while never seeing the light of day outside of the concentration camp!!!!
You see, extremism comes in all forms; and the Atheist State of North Korea is just as EVIL as Boku Haram and ISIS, if not MORE evil.
My intention is not to harangue the atheists in this post, but to point out that the problem we face in the world is not merely with ISIS and Boku Haram; there are fanatics all over the world. What are we to do? Are we really expected to go to war with every single fanatic who is torturing, murdering, raping and killing people?
I honestly don’t know what the answer is, and I’m not sure that I believe the United States, Great Britain and our allies should be expected to go to war with all of these countries.
Yesterday I had a lengthy conversation with a friend over science, he suggested, “The only objective scientists are atheist scientists” in response to me having sited a Christian scientist in our conversation. Apparently for my friend, if you’re a Christian, than you can’t possibly be objective in your scientific study. I thought his premise was rather far out since the Atheist State of North Korea is perhaps one of the most un-objective and EVIL countries in the world. Why would my friend think that atheists have the intellectual high-ground when it comes to be objective?
One of my problems with Western Culture and the fact that we are amusing ourselves to death; is that major acts against humanity are going on and you and I are doing so little to change things. I am not suggesting I have the answers on what needs to be done; but if you and I REALLY care about humanity; shouldn’t a larger national discussion be taking place on how to help all of the people who are suffering at the hands of Boku Haram, ISIS, and the atheist State of North Korea?
Shouldn’t we be meeting together at coffee houses and public meeting places and having major levels of discourse on what we can practically do about these problems? Instead of allowing ourselves to be amused by John Stewart’s retirement, shouldn’t we be talking about more serious matters and coming up with solutions?
I’m sick of throwing my hands up in the air and saying “Oh well, what can we really do”, I want to be apart of the solution; I want to help those who are dying, being tortured, and suffering at the hands of extremists……
Isn’t this what spurred Kayla Mueller to go to Syria? Isn’t this what spurred Kayla Mueller to give up the posh confines of her suburban community in exchange for the front lines near the extremists; she wanted to help these children who were suffering, she wanted help the hurting, and Mueller lost her life in the process.
Isn’t Mueller the real person that we should be teaching our children about? Yet this morning, John Stewart got all the headlines on every NEWS show I watched; John Stewart has less than 2 million viewers……that isn’t even 1 bloody percent of the American public. Mueller was helping children who were orphans, and who were suffering in the midst of chaos…….
Is it too much for me to suggest that at the very least we need to be sitting down together and talking about solutions to these problems?
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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