Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Opus 2016-190: Headlines: More Internecine Muslim Violence

It happened in Afghanistan.  It didn’t kill any Americans.  It was a case of Muslims blowing up Muslims.  Thus, it didn’t make the main headlines.  I found it as a sub story on Sky News.

It seems that a group of Muslims called Hazara were demonstrating because they didn’t like a power line through their area.  A suicide bomber went to his reward and killed at least 20 Hazara in the crowd.  What stood out to me was that this group were labeled as a minority in Afghanistan. 
“Witnesses said it happened where hundreds of Afghanistan's Hazara minority had gathered to protest over the route of a planned multi-million dollar power line.”
Since I had never heard of the Hazara I did a quick Google to see why they were different.  Wikipedia identifies them as the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan.  Some minority.  It turns out that they have a language rooted in Persian and are Twelver Shia Muslims.  They would have fit into Iran quite well. 

Since the Western world doesn’t seem to be able to get its acts together in regard to Islam on the march, the biggest hope that we have may be that the world of Islam is not monolithic.  They hate each other more than they hate us and the divisions that they see as significant would just make us wonder what the big deal is all about.

So we have another tragedy.  We can expect more.  There is nothing I can do about it there, but I can call for us to continue to be Americans who are capable of living along side people that we disagree with and not feel a need to blow them up.

Be grateful for the Christian and Jewish roots that proclaim it is wrong to kill people just because you disagree with them.  Keep in mind that Jesus was quoting the Old Testament when He called on us to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

homo unius libri

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