Hey DavCam, you have provided a great example of the monolithic thinking that creates societal divides, whether between Christians and non-believers, or Muslims and non-Muslims. The truth isn’t that simple. I am a catholic, hence a Christian, but I don’t “listen to right wing Christian hate radio and read the bible”, and neither do most of the other people have I known. Your quick conclusion that this is how things are and this is who to blame is not only naïve, it is also just goes to perpetuate the basic problem.
The same can also be said in regards to how we view Muslims, which tends to be incredibly ignorant, mainly because it is so monolithic. Muslim society is just not as simple as we Americans tend to view it. While I live in Portland, I have worked exclusively in Saudi Arabia since 2004 and Egypt for 2 years preceding that. Saudi society does have a very similar divide between conservatives and progressives as we do, it just happens to be relative to the environment in Saudi Arabia (meaning both groups are admittedly more conservatives than the US, but a very real and recognizable divide does exist). The divide in Saudi Arabia also seems to correlate directly to the level of education and income, although, as everywhere, there are exceptions.
My general point is that we are not making constructive contributions to finding soluionts to the problem, when we just resort to generalities, assumptions and trying to assign blame in such simplistic measures. Life, and the world, is just much more complicated than what some would like to acknowledge.
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