Fundamentalism, whether Islamic, Christian, Jewish or Hindu all have a simplistic world view and all view “other” in simplistic ways such as:
Of course, I'm not being fundamentalist, I'm actually being rather tolerant...Tolerant of every
religion except one. I will happily live side by side with Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Animists, Atheists, etc., etc. There is only one system of belief whose existance I will not tolerate; so clearly this is a pragmatic concern, not an extremist religious posistion.
Well, history simply doesn’t bear this out.
History doesn't bear this out? Look at the birth of Islam, the conquest of their neighbours, their attacks against the persians, and then their attacks against the Empire herself. Furthermore, the history between the Moslems and the Empire should be more than enough evidence to condemn them for their crimes. Until all of the Empire's lands are restored to Imperial rule I do not see how anything other than a perpetual state of War can exist, a war for which we should solicit any and all aid we can secure. (which, as an aside, is why I opposed the Invasion of Iraq, Saddam was secular, amongst the best kinds of rulers we could hope for in the middle east.)
The last time jihad was declared was against the Frankish Crusaders in the Holy Land by Saladin. And the result was that the Holy Land was re-opened to the Jews and the Orthodox, Churches and Synagogues were left untouched, revenge killings were forbidden, Orthodox Churches were released from the exorbitant debts they owed to the Jews, and peace returned to Jerusalem, “The City of Peace”.
As I mentioned above, a Jihad hardly needs to be declared for the Moslems to reveal their barbarian nature.
Even the Ottoman empire, oppressive as it was, was less oppressive than say, the Roman Catholics in the Balkans. The massacre of the Armenians was a result of the newly found Turkish Nationalism, not jihad. Hence the popular Greek saying: “Better a (Muslim) turban than a (Catholic) biretta.”
And do you really think that the people who originally chanted that would have passed up the opportunity to solve the Islamic Problem? Though they may have opposed union with the Pope, they would not have hesitated to eliminate Islam from the face of the earth if it was within their power. The Emperor himself died defending the streets of the City rather than peacefully hand it over to the Moslems.
Until we stop looking for simplistic answers, until we stop trying to counter Islamic Fundamentalism with Christian Fundamentalism, until we stop labeling other Faiths as “dangerous” and say they must not be tolerated (even when history has proven otherwise), until we stop using religion (and permitting the Church to be used) as a political tool, the violence will continue, and people will throw the baby out with the bath water when it comes to religion and the Church- and it will be because we ourselves have inoculated people against Christ by our intolerance.
Frankly, I'm much rather seen an Atheist world that has rejected religion completely than a Moslem world. The former worship no god, the latter worship Satan in his fullness. As I said before, I'm not fundamentalist, I would not act in this manner against the Buddhists, Hindus, etc. even if they were posed to convert the world to their Religion, only against the sworn enemy of the Empire and the Faith, Islam. Furthermore, it is not only Christians who act this way towards Islam, it is also found in Atheism, Juadism, and Hinduism...this understanding of Islam crosses religious boundaries, and at times can even unite religions in a common cause of righteousness...it is hardly fundamentalist.