<UPDATE> I’d like to update this article to make a point. A comment left by Akhter (see the comments) quite correctly makes the point that my article paints Islam as being at fault because I cite the case of three Muslims who attacked a Christian minister.
Akhter is precisely correct that it is wrong of me to paint all Muslims with the same brush that I used on those villains who attacked the minister. I was wrong to do so, and I ask the forgiveness of anyone I may have offended. I stand corrected.
In fact, I am encouraged that Akhter made this point. In return, I would like to state that Islam really needs to get the message out that they disassociate themselves from the terrorists who kill in the name of Islam. Most people in the U.S. simply haven’t heard that side of it, and to avoid future difficulties, they should. To be honest, I have been on the lookout for some kind of general statement by major voices of Islam that they disassociate themselves from the terrorists, and up until today, the voice of Akhter is the only one I’ve heard.
Thank you, Akhter, for bringing me this message.
Since the primary thrust of my posting is about the philosophy of self defense, the post stands, modified somewhat.
Here’s an article about a Christian minister who was attacked by three Muslim attackers.
<Deleted> SOME Muslims don’t play fair when dealing with Christians; and they don’t see anything wrong with that.
Christians, on the other hand, generally feel constrained to “turn the other cheek” and act within the law. Obviously, the Muslims have an advantage due to the restraint exercised by their victims.
This mindset (of both parties) is very, very similar to the mindset of how common criminals view their victims, and vice-versa.
Those of us who believe in the principle of the individual right to self defense have the answer to both situations. But there needs to be a much higher percentage of the general population who understand this and believe as we do.
Turning the other cheek is clearly NOT going to work. So we all have a choice to make.
And if you are a Christian who wants to know more about the principle of self defense, check out this article at The Cornered Cat. This is the best treatment of this subject I have seen anywhere.