A member on our facebook page made the following comment in response to our article on “Church bombings have no place in Islam”, writing:
Dawn Newhouse Then why are Muslims the only ones who do this? They are the only ones who bomb mosques too. Come to think of it, they are the only ones who destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan, Hindu temples, Egyptian antiquities. The hate and intolerance that IS PART OF ISLAM is carried out everyday by some really violent Muslim
As bad as it is when Muslims do carry out attacks on churches and mosques, which are to be condemned without reservations, what’s also bad is when people create a false narrative that only Muslims do things like these. So it’s only Muslims that attack mosques, churches, and other places of worship. This narrative is highly ignorant, incorrect, and feeds the very bigoted analysis that it’s only Muslims doing these things because Islam is somehow uniquely violent and different to other faiths, which is why people of other faiths (supposedly) don’t attack other places of worship.
Anyone that simply bothers to keep up on current affairs, will know that such a claim is completely false. In Burma for example, it’s extremist Buddhists that have burned down several mosques over the past few months, hardly anyone (unless they’re living in a basement expecting the end of the world) would have unnoticed the ethnic cleansing that’s been happening to the Muslim minority population in that country.
In Nigeria Muslim mosques have also often come under attack by Christians, even in the west mosques have come under attack by right wing extremists.
In Israel mosques have also been attacked, and torched to the ground by Jewish extremists. Jewish extremists have also vandalised and attacked churches in Israel as well.
So it’s not a unique thing amongst Muslims to attack places of worship, others have done it, and continue to do it. But there is a great double standard, in Burma for example where several mosques and entire Muslim areas have been torched to the ground by Buddhist extremists, there isn’t the same outrage or critique by those who get all upset and up in arms when it’s a Muslim attacking a place of worship. For them it’s just not as big a deal when a mosque get’s destroyed by non-Muslim extremists, than when a church or temple get’s destroyed by Muslim extremists.
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