Videos of Terrorism

Today during Journalism class, we watched the 2005 some Broadcast Journalism awards thing. The lecturer played a part of the winning piece. It’s on terrorism and Europe. The producer of this broadcast piece interviewed European Muslims and wanted to show how Muslim as a religion has flourished with the locals.

And in one of these interviews, the Londoner said, “I don’t know if he deserved it or not. I don’t know what is right or wrong. I just know, if it is written in the Quran, it must be done and true.” He spoke in the MIddle East language.

Another video showed just the outside of a window of an apartment. People inside were shouting in foreign language. Subtitles wrote, “Yes behead him!”

“It is written in the Quran!”

“Everyone will end up like him anyway!”

These quotes are from memory. But shocking ones. You bet I remember them well.

Was shocked at how influential and powerful religious books are. For example also, the Christian Bible is the number one selling book worldwide. Whatever the Londoner said, I mean…my faith aside, I reflected upon myself involuntarily, in what the world see us, in Sociology and Science context, “Are we the Christian version of him?” Shudders. These religious books, written thousands of years ago, taking old rusty ideas and meshed with the present–is this what it looks like? Isn’t this dangerous?

Not only that, religious books seem to cultivate a unified form of reality in people who believed. Is this dangerous?

Personally, this has caused me to take a different view at reading my Christian Bible but I am reminded and comforted that Pastor is always saying he “interprets the Bible in its spiritual context, not literally,” cos if you really want to pursue, the Bible has some pretty gruesome violence in it too.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Judy on October 5, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Perhaps, the pen can be more formidable than the blade of the sharpest sword.

  2. Posted by Andrea Ng on October 5, 2007 at 5:00 am

    Yep, thats exactly what I thought.

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