“We must rebel. Blood and bullets are the only two things that will change this world, short of divine action.”
Regarding religion as the truth leaves no room for doubt and uncertainty. An open minded believer will say it is a matter of faith, and that makes it right for them but it is a personal choice. Regard as truth for everyone, in the world, throughout the cosmos and the thing is what stops you imposing it on others.
Take it further. You see yourself as an agent of God to impose his will on others. With a mission: to change the world. By force of arms.
“ looking for absolute Freedom by doing the Will of God.”
Is a madman above using religion to achieve their political rather than theological ends by death, or does belief pushed to its limit make people believe they are the right hand of Allah?
Accept the quotes above are not from an Islamic terrorist using social media. Welcome instead to the rantings of Talbot, a white male 38 year old Christian, investigated by the FBI
Christian? Going by how he identifies himself and his motives. Which incidentally is applying the same standard to judge ISIS by. Imposing theocracy on others by bloody force and vengeance.
Talbot posted on Facebook that he had gone to four Bank of America branches to “play observation.” Talbot allegedly urged “anyone who robs these banks to kill everyone working for the ‘banking Cartels’ during the heist.”
Talbot’s Facebook post continued: “That is exactly what I will have my men do during the heist. Same goes with the Muslims. Mosques are to be a blast! With three of my guys with FA [full automatic] AK’s [AK-47 semi-automatic rifles], we will send that white house worthless piece of dirt and his Muslim brotherhood a message they will never forget.”[Southern Poverty Law Center]
The story (from March) came up on twitter today as an example that non Islamic extremism did not hit the headlines the same way Islamic extremism does.
As Robert James Talbot Jr. mentioned in one of his last Facebook posts before his arrest:
“In a few weeks me and my team are going active for Operation Liberty. I will not be able to post no more. We will be the revolution, things will happen nationwide or in the states. They will call us many names and spin things around on media. Just remember we fight to stop Marxism, liberalism, Central banking Cartels and the New World Order.”
Free thinking must be about promoting the civic virtues of free speech, free religion and freedom from religion. That democracy requires the free association of people to function without threat or hindrance.
These values are needed to challenge extremisim. Mr Amin, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Dudley North in the UK, was quoted on Islamic extremism. It applies however to all society:
“We must not be afraid to ask the difficult questions and to thoroughly cleanse our ghettoised communities from feeling so distant from the ideals of what it means to live in a free society where you can choose to practise faith or not to, where you can live alongside every faith and none, where your rights are protected under law and you are an equal citizen. These are noble values, yet in Muslim communities I have almost never heard these being discussed with young people in inner-city areas.”
These nobel values need to be the air we breathe. On the street, each mosque, every home, all schools, everywhere. For a living breathing civil society.
Extremism in all it’s forms – whether the far right or theocratic – must concern us all if we value freedom. It cannot exist if it does not apply to all.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog