The modern world is defined by one event when it comes to politics, security and religion.
September 11th. That single day defined how the future would be and how everything would change.
Fast forward to 2015 and after numerous terror attacks since then the world is stopped again by terror attacks in Paris.
Since September 11 though it has not just been changes in how countries are run. There has also been changes in how certain types of people are viewed. And how they are treated.
I was only 6 years old when September 11 occurred, but I remember waking up and seeing it on the T.V. I’ve grown up in the world post September 11 where people’s minds, views and opinions have been shaped by what they’ve been taught of it.
What I am writing of is only a small majority, but it is loud enough to speak over the top of everyone else.
Apon waking up this morning, one day after the attacks in Paris I saw across my social media platforms both love and support for the victims of Paris, but also hate.
And this is what I am going to talk about. The hate that people have for another group.
The religion of Islam has been targeted for being followed by extremists who hate the Western world. This simply is not true.
Islam is the second largest followed religion and the fastest growing in the world. Stating that all of its followers are extremists is a ridlicious statement. That would make 23% of the world’s population having views on killing the rest. It is not plausible or true.
And so I had to wonder this morning scrolling through my Facebook feed of people sharing this video and saying that Pauline Hanson is correct.
Fueling the hate from lies and made up stasticts from Pauline Hanson’s Wikipedia of her own mind is not going to make the situation better.
It’s pure ignorance that people are willing to accept views like hers simply because she somehow is given a platform to speak on, as true.
Ignorance is what is making this situation worse.
Since I kindly disagree with Pauline and her Wikipedia of no truths and fairy tails, I’d like to share some facts on terrorism.
– There is no definite and globally agreed on definition for terrorism. There are many different types, therefore making it difficult to do so.
– The first recorded act of terrorism was in the Reign of Terror in France in 1795. What a small miracle, wasn’t a Muslim Pauline.
– World War Two is one of the largest recorded events of terrorism, done by Christians
– Terrorism is not just a religiously funded attack.
Seeing people say that all Muslims are terrorists isn’t just heartbreaking. It makes people angry. Angry that we live in a world where a small minority is speaking for the majority. What people fail to recognise is that any religion has people in it that can be extremists.
That this it is not just religion that can make people commit horrible acts.
It is that bad people do bad things. And that needs to be recognised. Sane people don’t commit acts of terror, and religion does not make people do bad things.
I know there are a lot of people who don’t agree with this, but that doesn’t matter.
What matters is human life, all of it. And of people choose to be ignorant and stop believing i that then that makes them a criminal as well.
Pray for Paris