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Iraq seems to be headed down a road towards civil war and Muslims around the world protested cartoons, so where is all this anger that Muslims are exhibiting, coming from? Is this “religion of peace” really a peaceful faith?

Islamic rage in the name of religion

By Don Miller

Santa Cruz Sentinel

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How hot can the fires of Islamic rage continue to burn?

Yes, we are told over and over again that Islam is a peaceful religion. That the vast majority of believers are peaceful people who can coexist with the rest of the world.

But it’s hardly a secret that for many people in our culture, rooted in Judeo-Christian traditions, Islam is … scary.

The killing and rioting and desecration this week over the destruction of a Shiite shrine mirrors … the killing and rioting and destruction last week over the Muhammad cartoons.

And in Iraq the Shiites seem to hate the Sunnis and vice versa, and in Iran the fundamentalist clerics seem to hate everyone, and now the Bush administration wants to turn over operations at six major seaports to “friendly” Arabs from a country where two Sept. 11 terrorists once lived.

Yes, and lurking behind our fears and stereotyping is just that: Sept. 11 and the unspeakable horrors perpetrated in the name of religion.

Or is it religion?

Journalists such as Thomas Friedman and David Ignatius have written about the roots of Islamic rage. Muslim rage, these commentators say, stems from the feeling of being left behind or left out.

An explosion in population — more than 60 percent of the Arab world is under 25 — added to limited job and educational opportunities and has led to widespread unemployment. Science and Islam seemed to part ways centuries ago, and much of the Arab Muslim world seems to be heading in reverse from modernity. Western culture looks at the status of women in many Muslim societies, and shudders.

Radical clerics and fundamentalist/fanatical schools have stepped into the breach, and made it almost effortless to whip up anger and rage.

At its worst, this breeding ground for fanaticism can lead to the kind of jihads perpetrated by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

It might be instructive to take a surface look at how Islam intersects with Christianity, and Judaism.

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