Religion is back in the news again

The anti-Islam movie that sparked violent protests across the Arab world, killing our Ambassador to Libya, along with three others in the process, has people asking, “What’s up with these Muslims?”

I say that because I received an email yesterday from a friend asking that very question.  My friend is well educated, so his post confounded me.  How could someone so smart be so daft?  I had to re-read it several times over just to make sure nothing was lost in translation.

When the Koran burning Pastor, Terry Jones, set copies of the Koran ablaze last year, some people asked, “What’s up with all these Christians?” At least the dumb ones did.  But Muslim’s aren’t attacking our Embassy’s.  Extremists are.  And Christianity didn’t burn those books.  An idiot did.

And before you start questioning my patriotism, know this post isn’t an apology, or a rant of apathy. It’s a plea for common sense.  Because to blame an entire religion on a group of radical extremist’s is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous. Religion and spirituality are quite different. If you’re unaware of Iyanla Vanzant, do yourself a favor and change that immediately.  She was asked recently, about the difference between the two.  Here’s what she said:

“Religion is the rules, regulations, ceremonies and rituals developed by man to create conformity and uniformity in their approach to God.  Spirituality is God’s call in your soul.”

If Iyanla is right (and I believe she is), than the people you see burning our flags and our president in effigy in the streets of the Arab world, are those with a warped sense of religion.  It’s not Islam, but rather, people who have allowed themselves to be stripped spiritually.

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