Tagged with Violence

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Absolute Peacefulness

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Absolute Peacefulness

God, Accusations circulate, trials continue, but the question remains: What is the relationship of the Muslim Brotherhood to violence? In response to the ongoing climate of terrorism, vandalism, and demonstrations-cum-clashes, the group put out a long statement asserting their ‘absolute peacefulness’. They have no relation to recent attacks, they said, and none of their members … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coal and Lead

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coal and Lead

God, You have given humanity flesh and blood, the softest of elements. How easily they are damaged by substances harder, also of your creation. Be it self-destruction or directed, how frequently this occurs. Frequent power cuts and energy shortages are partially assuaged by coal substitution, polluting the air. Frequent protests and police presence are partially … Continue reading

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ (opens in a Word document) – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at every … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire and Rain

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire and Rain

God, Did you send the rain? If so, was it to discredit or diffuse? The Azhar issued a call to peacefulness, supported by the churches, and attended by nearly all politicians. It was a good call, though it offered – rightly – no political solutions to the crisis. Did this keep attendance at protests down? … Continue reading