Tag: violence

Mali violence: Men disguised as hunters kill at least 134 Muslim farmers

WARNING: Graphic content

Pregnant women, small children and the elderly were among the victims. Picture: Tabital Pulaaku via APThe death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village has risen to 134, the United Nations says. New video, which emerged on Sunday, shows victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes. An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year attacked an ethnic Peuhl village just before dawn on Saturday….more:  amp.news

The myth of religious violence

Bullet candlesIt was these European wars, in the 16th and 17th centuries, that helped create what has been called “the myth of religious violence”. It was said that Protestants and Catholics were so inflamed by the theological passions of the Reformation that they butchered one another in senseless battles that killed 35% of the population of central Europe……more:  theguardian.com

Anyone who says the Quran advocates terrorism obviously hasn’t read its lessons on violence

Image result for In pictures: Stockholm truck attack, independentOnly two groups in our society promote the “Quran teaches terrorism” myth: anti-Muslim pundits and Isis extremists. Both are wrong.

This simplistic conclusion ignores that many groups in many countries are experiencing terror right now. It ignores the international arms trade from powerful western nations that wholly disregards human rights and has caused the death of more than 60,000 children in Yemen. And it ignores the fact that as Somalians suffer a massive famine Western media virtually ignores them – as it has ignored the Syrian crisis for the last several years….more:  independent.

‘Confronting Religious Violence’ focus of interfaith talk

Not-in-Gods-Name-US-cover.jpgWEST SPRINGFIELD – The pubic is invited to an April 5 interfaith discussion at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts that concludes a group study of an award-winning book written by an English-born rabbi about the need to lessen intolerance among religious faiths. The concluding gathering for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” includes dinner and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, 377 Amostown Road. It is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, South Hadley’s Center Church, First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, and the society….more: masslive.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Beware of injustice, for injustice will be darkness on the Day of Resurrection. Beware of obscenity, for Allah does not love obscenity and immorality. Beware of greed, for it tempted those before you and caused them to make lawful what is unlawful, to shed blood and sever their family ties.” Sahih (authentic)