“The good news? It’s getting increasingly difficult for anyone to hate us for our freedoms.”
Yeah, it’s looking more and more like the thinking is, “They hate us for our freedoms, therefore let’s ditch our freedoms so they won’t hate us anymore.”
Though I don’t buy that “They hate us for our freedoms” line. In fact, terrorists probably love our freedoms, insofar as they can use them against us. They actually hate us for a variety of other reasons, particularly US support of Israel.
They hate us for our freedoms was a non-sensical applause line that follows from no logic.
Yes, along with the line: “The word ‘Islam’ is derived from ‘salaam’ – the Arabic word for peace.” Our Coptic Catholic friend, Mounir, who was born in Egypt and speaks Arabic as his native tongue, confirmed that that is incorrect shortly after 9/11 when that propaganda began. Islam means “submission” in Arabic, not peace (though I knew that already from the religious studies course I took in college; that’s the first thing they taught us about Islam. Mounir confirmed it, though.)
Such was the propaganda they fed us right after 9/11. Another one was the BS that a long-term “War on Terror” against every single terrorist in the world was feasible. And a grieving nation bought it all. I guess we were too immersed in mourning to think straight.
Well, then you could say submission IS peace. Which isn’t so far from the truth. Catholic teaching is that peace comes from obedience to God. I don’t know Arabic though, so whether this line of logic works to explain anything, I really can’t say.
I’ve since heard it said that Muslims say that, when the whole world embraces Islam, there will be world salaam (a play on words, I guess; the words may not be derived from each other but they do sound similar). That’s not necessarily such a pleasant thought for non-Muslims, though.
Of course, it’s not just obedience to God that brings peace, it’s also love of Him as for a Father. Islam denies the Fatherhood of God, seeing humans as slaves, not sons and daughters, of God.
They are still welcome to hate us for our materialism, bad taste, and all-around sanctimonious self-righteousness.