I just read through a long list of shootings and terrorist attacks (from foreign and domestic sources) in the United States, starting with Abraham Lincoln in April, 1865. The reasons for the attacks varied but most involved political hate, anger about work/colleagues, religious hate, racial hate, family problems, mental illness. Almost all of the perpetrators were youngish men. Guns and bombs were most often the weapons of choice.

What causes someone to get so hateful that he gathers up multiple weapons, plans carefully and murders as many people as possible? The ones with major mental health issues, family problems and/or work/colleague difficulties are individual cases, but the ones with political, religious, and/or racial hate have developed ideologies that, in their minds, “permit” them to kill those whom they hate. They are encouraged, even brainwashed, by people and groups who want to spread the hate. They are made to feel important and strong and powerful, especially when bolstered by a gun or a bomb.

Virtually all of the victims are innocent of any wrongdoing. They are children at school, people watching a movie, folks at church praying with their soon-to-be-attacker, people partying at a gay bar, people at prayer in a mosque, people doing their jobs at the Twin Towers, four little girls at church, constituents lining up to talk to their representative, fans listening to an open-air concert, various people expressing their ideas freely.

I was thinking particularly about religious hate when I started to research the history of the attacks in the US. Why would someone hate Buddhists so much that he wants to kill them? He probably knows no Buddhists and doesn’t really know what Buddhists believe. Buddhists are different from him and he has heard that they are evil and want to kill people other than Buddhists, so he grows to hate them so much that he wants to kill them.

If we take the time to learn about Buddhists and interact with some Buddhists and get to know them, perhaps we will find that they are just like us except that they believe in different things or in different ways than we do. These differences are not harmful to us; they don’t prevent us from having our own ideas while allowing others to have theirs.

Hatred of Muslims caused the recent killing of 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand. The people in the mosque were regular people carrying out their religious traditions. They had not harmed anyone else. Terrorist attacks by Muslims in the US have increased in recent years because some of them have been radicalized and brainwashed to hate us, and they demonstrate that hate. The vast majority of Muslims do not have that hate and they do not deserve to be hated by us. Similarly, some terrorist attacks have been made by Christians, but that doesn’t make all Christians evil.

On earth, as of 2015 or so, there were about 2.3 billion Christians, 1.8 billion Muslims (Islam), 1.2 billion non-religious people (secular/agnostic/atheist), 1.1 billion Hindus, 394 million traditional Chinese, 500 million Buddhists, 400 million primal/indigenous people, 10 million Jewish people and 100 million others. Who is right? Which religion or non-religion is True? Are those Hindus with their multiple Gods harming me by what they believe? Could I learn something from the Muslims who have five “pillars” to live by? If I’m so right, how can that vast number of others be so wrong? Maybe we’re all right. Each person has a right to his or her thoughts and beliefs and does not deserve to be hated just because of those thoughts and beliefs

Sheryl Eaton is the president of the White Mountain Democrats.

Sheryl Eaton is the president of the White Mountain Democrats.

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Russ_in_WML

Sheryl Eaton gives us another load of liberal garbage.

Sheryl fails to mention exactly who it is that is doing the killings.

Ft.Hood shooter Nidal Hasan - Democrat, and muslim
Adam Lanza - Liberal, hated Christians
Columbine High School freaks - too young to vote but came from very liberal families
Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho - liberal freak
Virginia Tech decapitater - liberal
Colorado Theater shooter James Holmes - liberal
Live on air Roanoke VA TV station shooter Vester Lee Flanagan - liberal
Navy shipyard shooter Aaron Alexis - liberal
Arizona Gabby Giffords shooter Jared Loughner - Liberal, hated Bush
The DC snipers back in 2003 - Liberals
Chattanooga TN Marine Recruiting center shooter - Muslim democrat
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) - Leftist

Want more examples of the violent left?...

Lee Harvy Oswald (JFK) - Marxist (hard core lefty)
John Hinkley (Reagan) - Democrat
John Wilkes Booth (Lincoln) - Democrat
Lynette 'squeaky' Fromme (Gerd Ford attempt) - Liberal
Sir Han Sir Han (RFK) - Liberal
Bill Ayers - US domestic terrorist - Liberal
Bernadine Dohrn - US domestic terrorist - Liberal
Black panther party - leftist based organization
Occupy Wall Street - over 8,000 arrests, 3 murders, 2 arson, 10 plus reported rapes - a hardcore leftist movement
KKK- was spawn from democrats
Eradication of Jews 1940's (holocaust) - Hitler a member of the National Socialist Workers Party aka a hardcore leftist.
Planned parenthood - a leftist organization, created for the sole purpose to eradicate blacks, (do some research on Margaret Sanger)
Slavery - Democrats were proponents.


Here are some recent killings made by those living according to their "five pillars"

Date .Country. City. Killed. Injured. Description. -
2019.03.15 Syria Baghouz 6 0 Three female suicide bombers strike families fleeing the caliphate, killing six members.
2019.03.15 Afghanistan Helmand 1 0 A TV journalist is shot to death in his car by suspected radicals.
2019.03.14 Cameroon Sandawadjiri 3 0 Three villagers are murdered in the middle of the night by Boko Haram.
2019.03.14 Afghanistan Sawki 1 13 Suspected Taliban clear out a bazaar with a deadly bomb blast.
2019.03.14 India Gulzarpora 1 0 A civilian is abducted and killed by Islamic militants.
2019.03.13 Iraq Qara Tapa 1 6 Women and children are among the casualties of an ISIS rocket attack.
2019.03.13 Iraq Rutba 1 0 A man collecting truffles is captured and executed by the Islamic State.
2019.03.13 Afghanistan Farah 1 0 A local official is murdered by suspected terrorists.
2019.03.13 Afghanistan Farah 10 0 The Taliban storm a checkpoint and massacre ten local security personnel.
2019.03.13 Somalia Gof-Gadud 8 40 al-Shabaab bombers murder eight patrons at a livestock market.
2019.03.13 India Pingleena 1 0 Islamic militants gun down a 25-year-old civilian.
2019.03.12 Burkina Faso Banh 1 0 Suspected Jihadists murder a local constable.
2019.03.12 Syria Amour 4 2 Four people searching for mushrooms are aerated by Sunni shrapnel.
2019.03.12 Mali Dialoube 6 0 Six local security personnel are killed by a landmine planted by extremists.
2019.03.11 Afghanistan Uzbekparida 4 4 Four policemen are shot to death by the Taliban.
2019.03.11 Afghanistan Bala Murghab 16 13 The Taliban massacre sixteen local soldiers.
2019.03.11 Nigeria Anguwan Gamu 46 0 A pastor and his wife are among forty-six villagers massacred by Fulani terrorists.
2019.03.10 Syria Suwaiyah 1 1 Sunni shrapnel brings down a civilian.
2019.03.10 Nigeria Shuwa 0 1 A girl is injured when two suicide bombers detonate prematurely during an attempt to kill church-goers.
2019.03.09 Niger Gueskerou 7 0 A Boko Haram attack on a border patrol kills seven.
2019.03.09 Syria Najm al-Zuhour 2 0 Two children are sectionalized by an ISIS landmine.
2019.03.09 Syria Arak 8 11 ISIS explosives claim the lives of eight civilians.
2019.03.09 Afghanistan Daman 1 0 A local farmer is disintegrated by an Islamist IED.
2019.03.08 DRC Virunga 1 0 A park ranger is murdered by the ADF.
2019.03.08 Afghanistan Anar Dara 3 3 A Taliban attack on a security post leaves three dead.
2019.03.08 DRC Beni 6 0 At least one woman is among six civilians hacked to death by ADF Islamists.
2019.03.08 Iraq Mosul 2 10 A child is among two Iraqis picked off by Jihadi bombers.
2019.03.07 Somalia Mogadishu 2 5 An al-Shabaab near a theater leaves two dead.
2019.03.07 India Jammu 2 32 Hizb-ul-Mujahideen throw a grenade into a bus station, killing a teenager and one other.
2019.03.07 Afghanistan Kabul 11 90 Sunni bombers strike a Shiite political gathering, killing eleven.
2019.03.07 Somalia Mogadishu 7 9 A group fighting for Sharia sets off a car bomb outside a restaurant, killing seven.
2019.03.07 Yemen Aden 1 5 Religious extremists open fire on a police patrol, killing one.
2019.03.06 Afghanistan Khewa 3 0 A schoolteacher is among three gunned down in cold blood by Islamic militants.
2019.03.06 Pakistan Abbottabad 1 0 A man is shot dead by extremists linked to an earlier honor killing.
2019.03.06 Afghanistan Jawzjan 1 0 Fundamentalists shoot an 8-year-old child to death.
2019.03.06 Iraq Makhmur 6 31 An attack by ISIS leaves six dead.
2019.03.06 Afghanistan Qala-e-Zal 10 12 The Taliban storm a government checkpost, killing ten.
2019.03.06 Afghanistan Jalalabad 16 10 Sixteen employees at a construction company are massacred by Fedayeen in a massive suicide assault.
2019.03.06 Syria Jourin 1 6 Sunnis send a rocket into a Shiite village, killing one.
2019.03.06 Iraq Tawakol 1 3 An ISIS bomb blast leaves one dead.
2019.03.06 Nigeria Addamari 5 20 Five farmers are blown to bits by a Boko Haram landmine.
2019.03.05 France Normandy 0 2 A 'radicalized' inmate screams "Allah Albar" as he stabs two guards with a knife smuggled to him.
2019.03.05 Syria Sha’afah 2 0 Two civilians lose their lives to an ISIS IED.

most of these are attacks on Christians

Sheryl also says its better to worship a statue rather than the living Creator of the universe.

THIS is why we now have muslim terrorists elected into our congress who not only hate Israel but want Sharia Law to replace the Constitution. Islam is evil. You liberals can buddy up to them all you want (while they hack off your heads)

Democrats stand for racism, strife, government control, immorality, unGodliness, open borders, political correctness, and death.

sensible

Maybe people should first call themselves human first and realize ALL religions belong to GOD.. Actually everything belongs to GOD!! Mankind is so full of hatred I wonder when another Great Flood will happen to cleanse the earth...We are better than the hatred, Love your God and act as if HE is really watching!
Good comment by the author...[innocent]

johndoe

All religions have hate written right into their texts. Anyone who does not believe their way is an infidel, heretic, heathen, sinner, etc. It is sad that human kind has not grown up enough that we can stop believing in magical men in the sky who "watch over us".

ronzim

johndoe is right on point. All religions are founded on beliefs in supernatural, mythological entities which have arisen from our original ignorance and fear concerning the natural world around us. This stew of ignorance became heavily seasoned with the Scotch Bonnet of all fears--the fear of death. Very quickly, enterprising men realized that there was gain to be had by consolidating these primitive fears into highly theatrical scripts which they expanded rapidly into theologies which soon reached every aspect of human thought and conduct. They, of course, appointed themselves as the earthly interlocutors of the gods they invented and thereby gained wealth, power and access to women and children for sex.

The irony of religious hatred stems from two important factors: First, because all religions are based upon pure faith, it follows, ipso facto, that belief in any one religion compels belief in all the others because nothing is required to substantiate any faith except belief. Once evidence is abandoned in favour of faith, as the basis for fact, every believer is lost. Second, religious discrimination is illogical because the only thing the other religion does is to threaten the ecclesiastical hegemony of the current priestly classes. That is why there are schisms even within the same religion.

ronzim

Russ exemplifies religious intolerance and ideological hatred in every breath of his comments. It is obvious even to a fifth-grader that he searches only for material which seems to support his own prejudices. Notice that his comment above is entirely unbalanced and makes not even the slightest pretense of balancing the violence of those he hates with the violence of those he likes. Moreover, he makes no effort to ascertain the degree to which mental illness contributed to the behaviour he so easily attributed to "evil". The etiology of violence is very complicated and that reality forecloses any objectivity on Russ' part because, as we have consistently seen, Russ not only rejects science and math but gravitates toward simple solutions which require no effort to find and express.

The fact remains that mental health resident physicians in the U.S. have a 45% chance of being assaulted by a patient during their four year terms of residency. This high rate of assault occurs in hospitals where patients are under treatment by qualified doctors. In the world at large, the rate of violence is much greater. This is not to say that all mentally ill persons are predisposed toward violence. Quite the opposite is true; however, when a terrorist attack is investigated, it turns out that a very high percentage of the shooters/bombers were mentally ill. Interestingly, when surveys are made of the general population, we find that members of both Christianity and Islam are disposed to cite mental illness as the basis for violence from their respective faiths but not for the other. It is a consistent bias.

What is more, Russ makes relentless comments about those he calls "liberals" but makes no effort to define that term and show by what protocol he has concluded that so many of those he hates are included. The irony is that these false narratives represent the very kind of radicalizing thought and speech that Russ would have us believe his is opposing. A similar bias presents itself in his concluding vilification of liberals with no other basis than his own prejudices. It goes without saying that Christians, conservatives and right wing extremists have engaged in massive amounts of violence also.

2linden

R_W_L - you have got to be kidding me. Total facts or who needs facts? Beyond comprehension. Everything evil in the world has got to be because of Liberals or Democrats OR are those two groups the same?

ArizAl

Good letter Sheryl. [thumbup][thumbup]


Russ is an excellent example of how the republican party has now been taken over by the party of Trump. Lying, cheating, treason, misogyny, sexual predatory, racism and bigotry are now the moral principles of the Trump republican party.

SLYaqui

Good recital of the facts, Russ. I don't completely agree with your conclusion, but thanks for reminding folks of what has been going on with radical Islamists. Judging by the tone of other respondents, it appears that some writers are not familiar with the radical's Civilization Jihad doctrine.

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