Ever since 9/11 — and with each new terrorist bombing — the “religion of peace” question arises. Is Islam a religion of peace? Our recent presidential Islamic scholars — George Bush and Barack Obama — say that it is. Jihadists beg to differ. Christians scurry from the Crusades and Wars of Religion while claiming that those Christians chronicled in, say, Fox’s Book of Martyrs more accurately portray the true faith. Jews elide over the Canaanite conquest, and Buddhists proudly trade on their American reputation for calm, and peacefulness — helped immeasurably by the Dalai Lama.
It’s as if all the religions of the world must answer to the true god, the god of peace. The most peaceful religion is, what? True? Is peacefulness the measure of truth? [Read more...]