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Will the support of Islamic Clerics for an anti-terrorism Fatwa be effective in curbing terrorism?
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Indian Muslims condemn terrorism
A conference attended by thousands of Muslim clerics, scholars and community leaders in India has endorsed a religious ruling against terrorism.

The ruling or fatwa was issued earlier this year by an Islamic seminary.

It said that I...
vancam
Nov 10, 2008
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lithium
Nov 10, 2008
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Any big stance like this can only help. I dont think it will curb terrorism significantly, but i think it will help.

 
lithium
Nov 10, 2008
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That religion is a crazy one...

 
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Dont you think what the US government has done is nothing but an act of terrorism? NO doubt 9/11 etc were acts done by ignorant people (who ever it was) but what the US has done is nothing to be proud of.

 
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thoughtprocess
Nov 10, 2008
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I would imagine it would be somewhat effective but no significant reduction would occur. Many of the most dangerous terrorists wouldn't listen to the clerics because they would feel the only reason for issuing such a fatwa would be western(mainly American) collusion and influence. The clerics would lose massive amounts of credibility and would potentially put themselves and the people in their areas of power in danger. One truly effective way to curb terrorism would be to change the foreign policies many countries apply in the Middle East and elsewhere. While most people are horrified by the methods of terrorists they are viewed by a substantial amount of people in the Middle East and other areas as their only line of defense against foreign occupation. So in the end I think while it would be truly courageous for clerics to issue such a decree(I am not sure but I imagine some clerics or Islamic leaders have issued decrees of this nature) you would not see a significant reduction in violence and it quite possibly could result in an increase in violence.

 
thoughtprocess
Nov 10, 2008
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I assume you are referring to the Muslim faith. That kind of statement is equivalent in its essence to any ignorant, stereotypical view of any major religion; including the ones you apparently think are not "crazy". It is based in fear, and misunderstanding, and is a complete contradiction in and of itself. If you are a Christian or some denomination thereof and choose to think Islam, which is very similar in many respects to Christianity, is "crazy" while your faith isn't, you are a walking contradiction. Just as many atrocities have been committed by followers of Christianity; and there are even Jewish terrorist organizations. People like you fall into that age old trap of generalizing and reacting with fear because you are ignorant of many basic facts, and fail to recognize your blatant hypocrisy.

 
jonjax71
Nov 10, 2008
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Judaism-Chrisitianity-Islam are all extensions of each other and are just variations of a mono-theistic theme, each claiming to be the truth, each with many sects within that can't agree with each other on how the faith should be exercisized and each with extremists with actions that should be condemned

Torah, Bible, Qu'ran, all myths, all crapola

 
jonjax71
Nov 10, 2008
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It'll most likely reduce but not curb terrorism as the ultra-extremists, like any other ultra-extremists of any faith or other issue will never listen to reason

 
joryrferrell
Jan 27, 2011
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I immediately want to say no...however....let's consider something.

WHY NOT give it a damn try?! WTF is there to lose? :P
I do agree that the ultra-extremo a-holes won't dump their ideology, but maybe lower level
wanna-be-jihadist idiots would be convinced to back off. Even if we stop just one suicide bomber....
isn't that worthwhile?A few phone calls to help save a few lives? duhhhhhhhhhh....

 


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