The Renegade Press

Tales from the mouth of a wolf

‘So sick of the sound of people giving up. You can’t stop me giving a fuck.’

–          Sam Carter
 
Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful building you have ever seen. Imagine its towering spires hand carved from the finest of stone; picture the complexity its architects faced in producing such intricate patterns with nothing more than chisel, hammer and hand. Envision its beautiful entranceway. Can you see yourself moving slowly across marble floors? It’s majestic isn’t it? Oh, and what about the meticulousness with which the walls have been attended to. And the murals adorning the ceiling are divine! Every brush stroke of the paintings completed with a precise perfection that causes a breath to catch in the back of your throat. My, it’s stunning.

Now conjure up an image of the windows. They’re stained glass; exquisite and breathtaking. You’ve never seen anything quite like it. The windows are divinity incarnate. They take an already flawless building and give it a heavenly aesthetic.

Now imagine if someone within that beautiful building started smashing those stained glass windows that you had come to love. Suddenly that wondrous marvel of architecture would seem tainted. The glorious feat of man would become a dilapidated carcass left to rot on a street corner. The beautiful spires that rose to the heavens would begin to look like bent and broken spines of creatures succumbing to the brutal whim of man. The entrance would look eerie, the beautiful marble floors suddenly taking on the appearance of a swollen tongue rolling away from the doorway. The mural on the roof would look tacky in the irregular light shining through those busted stained glass windows.  You’d be outraged. You’d be pissed off. Fuck, if it was me and someone was breaking windows to my sacred castle I’d want their blood.

Now imagine if that building was your religion; and that the son of a bitch breaking windows was a radical or extremist. Imagine how heartbroken you would be to learn that someone who loves your religion just as much as you has decided to cause damage to its image in a bizarre plot to protect it. You’d be devastated as you watched people ridicule what you love simply because a minority of fanatical believers have tarnished the name of what you hold so dear. You’d be forced to watch your beautiful building decay until it became a laughing stock and members of the general public started collecting stones and smashing in whatever glass remained.

Ah, social disorder. It’s a fickle beast. While we preach love and unity many of us truly believe that ruin and woe make the world spin round. And when we see broken window we can’t help but pick up a rock.

What I’m talking about here is a sociological mashup of religious prejudice and the criminological Broken Windows theory. Sounds like a mouthful, but when you break it down it’s really quite simple. We live in a highly intolerant and destructive society and we spend our lives moving through the streets with pockets full of stones just waiting for the opportunity to destroy someone’s windows, face or faith. All it takes is a little self-inflicted damage by the likes of an extremist and we the general public begin tearing down a faith, mocking its followers and degrading its teachings.

That beautiful building you were imagining, the one that I asked you to then picture as your religion: that’s modern day Islam. A faith so engrained in the history of mankind that to call it anything other than beautiful would be an affront to our forefathers. Yet because a minute portion of the Islamic faith have started breaking their own windows and trying to kick down our doors as of late we suddenly view any Muslim as a terrorist or an outsider. I’m not trying to say that the religion is infallible; I don’t believe any religious creed can claim that mantle. Blood has been shed in the name of gods and deities since the concept of religion first came to fruition. But what I am saying is that to degrade an entire religion based on the actions of a select few is idiotic. Besides, I’ve met plenty of hate fuelled Christians, Atheists, and Jews in my time too.

Hate breeds hate.

When we as a community, or a nation, or a world divide and segregate the Islamic faith and label its followers as terrorists, or dogs, or fucking whatever, we drive a wedge of hate between their faith and our own narrow minded intolerance.

Just recently here in Australia we experienced a siege that was staged by one man of Islamic decent that tragically ended the lives of two innocent civilians. Since the incident there has been a great outpouring of support for the Islamic community through the hashtag #illridewithyou, however there has also been the inevitable rise of racism directed at the faith. Men and women across the country have started preaching their own ignorance and intolerance, belittling Islamic people due to the actions of one man.

It’s really got to stop. How can we live in a world so advanced yet be restricted by such prehistoric views and prejudices? How can anyone anywhere truly believe that someone is an evil or bad person based on their belief structure? If you’re a fuckwit, you’re a fuckwit regardless of what faith you follow. Likewise if you’re a beautiful soul than what religion you practise should have nil effect on how you are judged within our social structure. We live in a world where we believe it’s our God-given right to express ourselves and we fight venomously for those rights when they are threatened. Yet when a member of the Islamic faith or indeed any creed alternate to our own tries to express themselves we slander, we condemn, and we seek to silence by force.

This is hypocrisy at its best. And unfortunately we are becoming known as a highly racist, highly hypocritical nation overflowing with intolerant blowhards.

So next time you see someone hurling stones at the beautiful stained glass windows of the Islamic faith resist that yearning for destruction in your soul. Take the stones from your pockets and drop them on the roadway, you don’t need them anymore. Society doesn’t need them anymore. Instead try helping to clean up the mess. Scoop up the shards of glass and help your fellow man repair the once majestic windows of his damaged faith through love, compassion and understanding. Just as hate breeds hate, so too does love breed love. Turn upon your brethren casting stones and ask why they want to destroy something simply because they fail to understand it. I guarantee there is no sound reasoning behind their willingness to degrade and vilify.

#illridewithyou is a wonderful initiative. But sadly as with most social media fads it will die quickly and many who claimed tolerance will return to their bigoted ways and ideology. This in turn with further divide society and create more disharmony and repeat events like we saw in Sydney’s Martin Place. If we want to make a change we need to look within ourselves and denounce the hate that divides us.

As a man of the world I am honoured to stand alongside any faith and help rebuild their shattered windows. I will stand before masses that advance with stones in hand and protect the wondrous stained glass of a holy building or faith. Fuck riding with you, I’ll die alongside you in the name of social acceptance.

22 thoughts on “Broken Windows

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    You write well enough (would be better without the vulgarities), but this post is strictly an appeal to emotion, not reason. None of us can produce anything worthwhile without research. Before you write more about Islam, please study the subject some more, and start by reading the Koran.

    You think all beliefs the same? They are not. In the name of their gods, some peoples have practiced human sacrifice. Others have condoned sex orgies and prostitution. The Nazis and the Communists, determinedly godless worshipers of the state, systematically killed millions.

    What we believe affects what we do. Islamic fanatics, what you supposed to be a fringe element of Islam, are just doing what devout Muslims have been doing since their warrior prophet established Islam through conquest. They are creating peace by destroying all opposition. That’s because they believe that peace requires submission to Allah, that it is righteous to kill kaffirs.

    We like to think we are good. We especially like to think “I” am a good person. Neither is true. We are born as little savages, selfish little monsters who insist that the world must revolve around us. Thus, the most important thing our parents ever do for us is civilize us, and they do that by teaching us how to love our neighbors. Unfortunately, some parents don’t love their neighbors, and they never teach their children to love their neighbors. That’s why Ronald Reagan said this.

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan

    1. Chris Nicholas says:

      Thank you for your feedback, it’s always wonderful to incite a reaction from a member of the general public. You are indeed correct; the post is an appeal to emotion, because reason has been lost in a sea of ignorance and religious intolerance in our modern day society. You have asked me to research the Koran, and suggested that no one can produce anything worthwhile without doing so, so please allow me to respond to your own lack of understanding of the world we live in.

      All religions are fallible. All ideals are susceptible to the corruption of man. I found it interesting when I perused your page you are heavily influenced by Christianity, a faith that my family has roots firmly embedded within. What you fail to mention in your rant about devout Muslims above is that the Holy Bible contains many disgraceful passages about the treatment of our fellow man/woman, and Christianity itself is responsible for some of the biggest controversies and wars in human history. Should we discuss the Crusades? Or how about the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda – a Christian group responsible for war crimes such as murder, rape, and sexual slavery? Or should we talk about Priests who took indulgences during the middle ages to further their own twisted agendas?

      Or should we instead discuss some of these wondrous blunders from the Bible?

      “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” (Genesis 22:2)

      “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

      Say what you will about religions being different, but that sounds like human sacrifice and prostitution to me. By your logic that devout Muslims believe in submission to Allah and the murder of Kaffirs, then devout Christians should venomously condemn homosexuality, and support the submission of women to men. However, in our modern day society such Neanderthal ideals don’t fly. Not all Christians take each individual verse of the Bible in a literal context. Just as not every single Muslim in this world supports the idea of creating peace through destroying all opposition.

      For the record, when I say that religions are the similar, I mean in their teachings of love and support. Treat others as you would like to be treated is the same basic principle as the Koran’s ‘an eye for an eye’. The concept is this: you want my love and respect, show me yours. But if you want to fuck with me, then I’ll bury you…. And that’s another thing. You want to knock my use of vulgarity? Fuck you. I swear because I am honest and passionate, and while you’re entitled to your point of view I have no qualms in telling you that you are a fucking bigot.

      “We are born as little savages, selfish little monsters who insist that the world must revolve around us.” Is perhaps the saddest thing I have ever heard another human being say. If you subscribe to this moronic way of thinking than you are doomed to spend your life wallowing in sadness. We are born with open hearts and minds, yet narrow mindedness like I aimed to highlight in this post forces us into negative thinking. No one is born a racist or bigot, and no one is born as a selfish little monster.

      1. Citizen Tom says:

        Thank you for the kindness of a reply.

        When you accuse me of bigotry, I don’t take offense. How can you can do anything worse to me than you are already doing to yourself?

        You may wish to read this article => http://www.equip.org/articles/the-myth-of-tolerance/

        Are all religions fallible? I think your observation that all ideals are susceptible to the corruption of man is spot on. Since you are one of us, you too risk corrupting various religious ideals.

        So what can we do? Imperfect men cannot perfect man, but God is holy. If the Bible is His Word, then we can radically misinterpret it, but the fault is with us, not God or the Bible. That being the case we must constantly turn to God for help.

        The Koran, on the other hand, is primarily a knockoff of the Old Testament. Read it. If you compare the Koran with the Bible, you will find the Koran proves to be a sad disappointment.

        Does the Bible contain many disgraceful passages? No. Unfortunately, you fired your accusations out of a scatter gun. Since charges are easy to make and more difficult to refute, it is simply not practical to answer all of them. So let’s consider those examples to which you devoted the most ink.

        Genesis 22 does not describe a human sacrifice. When it describes is the strength of Abraham’s faith. Abraham knew that God intended to birth a new nation through Isaac. Therefore, when Abraham raised his knife to slay Isaac, he did so in the knowledge that God would keep His promise.

        God rewarded Abraham’s faith. One thing God did for Abraham is prove to him that human sacrifice was not part of the deal. Unlike the gods of the Canaanites, the God of Abraham did not require him to slay his child. Therefore, an angel stayed his hand.

        Your quote of Ephesians 5:22 is correct, but it is taken out of context. That sentence only make sense when we consider with the rest of Ephesians 5:22-33. Yes, wives should submit to their husbands, but then they should only marry a man who loves his wife enough to die for her. Such a man will do for his wife whatever she wishes.

        You referenced that old saw, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. That refrain occurs several places in the Old Testament and once in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:38. In the Old Testament, its usage has to do with justice. The Old Testament includes a legal system, and the point of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is that justice requires that the punishment be proportional to the crime. Fancy prisons were out of the question. This was a time when people struggled to produce enough to eat.

        Here is an example.

        Exodus 21:22-25 Good News Translation (GNT)

        22 “If some men are fighting and hurt a pregnant woman so that she loses her child, but she is not injured in any other way, the one who hurt her is to be fined whatever amount the woman’s husband demands, subject to the approval of the judges. 23 But if the woman herself is injured, the punishment shall be life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

        If the woman was not hurt, the two fighters obviously did not intend to hurt her, and one can only guess why she lost the child. Hence, the judges must decide. On the other hand, if the fighters hurt the woman, then justice requires proportionality.

        So yes, not all Christians take the Bible literally, but those who don’t risk corrupting verses by taking them out of context.

        But I suppose you will now say I am taking verses from the Koran out of context. Yet I have not quoted the Koran. I have pointed to the founder of Islam and his mode of operations.

        If you look into it, you will find that the founder of Islam persecuted Christians, Jews, and peoples of every other religion in the area where he lived. Idol worshipers he required to convert or die. Christians and Jews he suffered to live (though not always) as second class citizens (Dhimmi). He started off as a robber of caravans. Successful at that, he conquered that desert region we call Saudi Arabia. Those who followed him refined his model and continued his string of conquests, and they are still doing it. Even the Christian Crusades into the Holy Land were a response to Islamic attacks. Check it out. Before the Muslims CONQUERED it, the Holy Land belonged to the Byzantine Empire, and the people inhabiting it were primarily Christians.

        “We are born as little savages, selfish little monsters who insist that the world must revolve around us.” Sad but true. Almost the first word out of a child’s mouth is “mine”.

        Why do you think Jesus died on a cross? Did He sacrifice Himself because we are perfect? Do you think so many have turned to Jesus Christ because they thought themselves sinless? Don’t we all know we need salvation? Haven’t you discovered yet what each man wants to hide? We each are our own worst enemy (Romans 7:14-25).

        You call yourself a man of the world. Have you listened to it? What do you hear?

        Luke 6:45 Good News Translation (GNT)

        45 A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

      2. Chris Nicholas says:

        There appears to be some misunderstanding with my original response. There was no kindness intended in my words, I was merely telling you to fuck off in a polite manner. I’m not sure why you believe you have a right to vilify a religion and its peoples, but you can take your misguided bullshit back to your own pathetic site because there’s no place for it here.

        You are clearly well versed in Christianity, and I applaud your devotion to its ideals. But you seem to be under the impression that I am here to debate the two faiths with you when all I am trying to do is promote harmony within a volatile world. A world made all the more unstable by people like you who take an idea as pure as faith and run it through the mud. You twist the ‘word of the Lord’ as you call it so as to further your own hatred and spread a message of ignorance. So if you want to be a bigot and a piece of shit you are more than welcome to on your own site. I don’t associate with keyboard warriors that perpetuate hate from the safety and comfort of their own home. If you really believe the words that you write than why hide behind a pseudonym?

        I hope that someday you actually learn to understand humanity and shed your ignorance. Now you can kindly get off of my blog you ignorant prick.

  2. Regardless of you’re mini-flame-war, and whether or not I agree with every little bit of your rant, I’m a big fan of radical anti-radicalism (and stained-glass metaphors), so bravo 🙂

  3. Right on Chris. Amazing how some hate mongers can draw you in with their “erudition.”

  4. phadde2 says:

    I look at the likes that this post has received and shake my head that so many have failed to see the shibboleth that it is. It appears after Citizen Tom politely refuted your indictment of those in the world who charge believers of Islam with keeping its violent history of their founder alive throughout posterity, you refute it with nothing more than bumper sticker slogans:

    “You are indeed correct; the post is an appeal to emotion, because reason has been lost in a sea of ignorance and religious intolerance in our modern day society.”

    “All religions are fallible. All ideals are susceptible to the corruption of man.”

    In fact this entire post is void of of anything of substance or logic for that matter. A post filled with nothing more than ad hominems, red herrings, and straw men. This is of course driven by your obstinate approach that is acknowledged through Tom’s assertion that you lack the validity of reason and can only appeal to your idealistic sense of self righteousness. You attempted to hide it through analogy, which many who haven’t had the pleasure to study classics in any curriculum are persuaded; however:

    “Now imagine if that building was your religion; and that the son of a bitch breaking windows was a radical or extremist.” <– This is a straw man! If those who are believers of Modern Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, or even Wicca do not have factions within their realms that are in large scale attempting to create sectarian governments by murdering non- believers. Even Christian examples such as the IRA or KKK have evolved into, for the most part, protest movements. The KKK isn't currently taken hold of Alabama to install Leviticus as the laws of their new nation; but ISIS and other factions such as the Taliban or Al Qaeda are attempting to install these sectarian states. While other muslims This is why your argument is nothing more than a shibboleth of fallacious assertions that are void of reason. If the world is void of reason, as you state, one shouldn't call for the appeal of emotion; they should instead call for an expedition in search for reason.

    However, let's get away from the emotion of your appeal, and the scripture quoted by Tom for a moment. As your argument is based on the overwhelming belief of muslims are vilified because of a select few. Pew Research who polled muslims have found this:

    For the sake of Time the website will be posted here: http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/

    "Support for making sharia the official law of the land varies significantly across the six major regions included in the study. In countries across South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East-North Africa region most favor making sharia their country’s official legal code. By contrast, only a minority of Muslims across Central Asia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe want sharia to be the official law of the land.

    In South Asia, high percentages in all the countries surveyed support making sharia the official law, including nearly universal support among Muslims in Afghanistan (99%). More than eight-in-ten Muslims in Pakistan (84%) and Bangladesh (82%) also hold this view. The percentage of Muslims who say they favor making Islamic law the official law in their country is nearly as high across the Southeast Asian countries surveyed (86% in Malaysia, 77% in Thailand and 72% in Indonesia).15

    In sub-Saharan Africa, at least half of Muslims in most countries surveyed say they favor making sharia the official law of the land, including more than seven-in-ten in Niger (86%), Djibouti (82%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (74%) and Nigeria (71%).

    Support for sharia as the official law of the land also is widespread among Muslims in the Middle East-North Africa region – especially in Iraq (91%) and the Palestinian territories (89%). Only in Lebanon does opinion lean in the opposite direction: 29% of Lebanese Muslims favor making sharia the law of the land, while 66% oppose it"

    In 5 of the 21 nations, a majority believes that non muslims should have to follow Sharia law.

    So let's look at a few laws within Sharia polled that violate Women's rights, Torture, and generally violate human dignity.

    "Among those who want sharia to be the law of the land, in 10 of 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis at least half say they support penalties such as whippings or cutting off the hands of thieves and robbers."

    HANDS REMOVED!

    "In 10 of 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis, at least half of Muslims who favor making sharia the law of the land also favor stoning unfaithful spouses"

    TO STONE UNFAITHFUL SPOUSES!

    "Compared with attitudes toward applying sharia in the domestic or criminal spheres, Muslims in the countries surveyed are significantly less supportive of the death penalty for converts.19 Nevertheless, in six of the 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis, at least half of those who favor making Islamic law the official law also support executing apostates.

    Taking the life of those who abandon Islam is most widely supported in Egypt (86%) and Jordan (82%). Roughly two-thirds who want sharia to be the law of the land also back this penalty in the Palestinian territories (66%). In the other countries surveyed in the Middle East-North Africa region, fewer than half take this view."

    IF YOU ELECT TO CHOSE THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION; YOU DIE.

    By the numbers it's not a select few who wish to take liberty away from their fellow man, it's a significant number, so much so, that if one runs the figures, it figures to just over half of the muslim population of the world has the notion to create a tyrannical sectarian state to enslave a populist. There is no other, and I mean no other, religion in the world with such a vast amount of believers who condone such actions. If you want to cuss, swear, and a commit ad hominems towards those who oppose such actions against the human race, than you're far gone.

    1. Joseph Hall says:

      The imagining that Christianity was not spread by the sword is so naive I don’t even have an adequate response.

      And that five of the 21 Muslim dominated countries seem intent on Sharia Law doesn’t impress me any more than the number of Christian faithful who want the Christian Bible as the basis for US Law.

      1. dana415 says:

        Here, Here, Joseph! And thank you, Chris. I hear where you are coming from and hat’s off to METAPHOR – something lost on a few of the responders here. Cheers and Happy 2015 to all.

      2. equippedcat says:

        Has Christianity been spread by the sword? At times, more so in earlier ages than now. Is there any support in the New Testament for this? No. When it was/is done, it was/is done by evil men, or uneducated/gullible men at the behest of evil men.

        The difference between Sharia Law and Christian-based law is significant. Sharia Law is imposed. The people under it have no say in it. They don’t get to vote, they don’t get to modify it to accommodate changing conditions or culture, they don’t get to pick and choose which parts of it are appropriate for them. Christianity does not claim its laws must be imposed on anyone other than its own followers, nor that its laws be punished by Man. (Doesn’t stop some from trying, of course). Anyone who attempts to establish a law with benefit only for God has to get it by people who are subject to being evicted from their positions if enough people object, and the laws are subject to modification and even repeal if they prove unworkable.

        One problem with ANY law given by God, is that no God can be proven to exist. If a person does not believe in a God, then that God’s laws do not (seem to) apply to them and should not be forced on them. The only laws which Man should impose are those laws which are of benefit to Man. God should be the one responsible for enforcing His laws.

  5. Thanks for the post. I think it’s a beautiful metaphor with a lot of insight.

    Maybe I’m just naive, but my instinct is to disagree with this statement about #illridewithyou: “But sadly as with most social media fads it will die quickly and many who claimed tolerance will return to their bigoted ways and ideology.” Every small insight into the world of tolerance is a step forward, and even though people may not stay vocal about their opinions, I don’t think they’ll change their minds so quickly. I think people in this generation are yearning to hold on to something bigger and better than themselves but they don’t know how. For now they cling to these passing hashtag fads, but maybe someday someone will start a real movement people can really hold on to. I know I’m an idealist, but I can sense something’s brewing.

  6. Joseph Hall says:

    A great message.

    I wish I were more successful in living it.

  7. dfolstad58 says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I signed into your blog to read some of your writing. I also enjoyed reading some of the comments on your blog. I would be interested in hearing from more Muslims and their comments. I find the idea of harmony in the world very attractive which I believe you do also and also respect for others. In my opinion swearing distracts sometimes from writer’s message but I respect that this is your blog and your own writing style. Canadians and Australians have much in common and I appreciate your interest in my blog. Best wishes.

  8. equippedcat says:

    Yes, Islam has much to admire. It is a shame that some who (claim to) follow it “destroy it’s windows”. It is also a shame that the more of those who follow Islam don’t seem to be more intent on suppressing those who give Islam such an unpleasant impression.

  9. Imani says:

    I have to say that sincerely liked your post here. It struck my mind with such imagery, and the more I read, the more I wanted to see where the prelude was leading me. I agree that casting stones or rocks at windows can be so easy. That’s the thing, we are the church, and we are all so fragile. The moment a heavy rock is cast at us, it hurts like icy wind. When you further explained, and I saw that this was eluding to religion about the Islamic Faith, I suddenly felt the urge to just stop reading. So there I was, about to throw my first rock. But then I kept reading, because I didn’t want to be one of those people that ruins the image of a whole race of Christians. The one’s that I even dislike, because they’re the very reason people judge me so harshly as soon as I utter, “I’m a Christian.”

    I am a Christian…and I like it that way. I then went down to read some of the comments as you responded to some of your readers, and I’ve got to say, even though it seems like you were heavily defending Islam, I felt like you threw a couple of rocks yourself at Christians, by picking out certain bible passages and verses and trying to explain just how rotten it looks like our God could possibly be. What I want you or anyone else who might accidentally read this, is to know that Christianity was never meant to be a religion. The radicals made it that way. With their “Holy” bibles and self-inflicting prayers, priests and pastors who couldn’t give a shit, and so on. But Jesus Christ, my friend who I choose to believe in, died for my sins and wanted all of us to just live in peace, love and acceptance of each other. In fact, God is the number one believer in my opinion who preached against judging anyone, for we would all be judged equally sooner or later. He didn’t like when we threw rocks either.

    And I guess this leads to another point…That we are always going to keep doing this. This tit-for-tat. Because there is always going to be someone who believes in something different than ourselves, and when there is an individual like yourself, Chris, who believes so strongly in your faith…and an individual like me who believes so strongly in mine, there seems to be rocks that fly through the wind. And most times, never on purpose.

  10. Dave says:

    ” We live in a highly intolerant and destructive society and we spend our lives moving through the streets with pockets full of stones just waiting for the opportunity to destroy someone’s windows, face or faith. All it takes is a little self-inflicted damage by the likes of an extremist and we the general public begin tearing down a faith, mocking its followers and degrading its teachings.”

    This really struck me as something – a mindset that we often operate with but are wholly unaware of.

  11. Sharron says:

    Beautifully written using a metaphor I would not have thought of in the context of what you wrote. Religion brings up strong emotions. If truth be told, most of us have some underlying prejudices that we have to keep under control. Would it be a dream that everyone in the world had the heart of Gandhi or a soul that held no prejudice against anyone for any reason. Maybe then we would have the peace the world needs to have before we blow ourselves to kingdom come.

    Thank for stopping by my blog and liking it. I love company and it gave me the opportunity to meet you.

  12. I’m probably a bit late to this argument but Tom citizen you are an idiot. I have actually studied various religions and I actually have read the Koran, it’s a beautiful religion distorted by a few extremeists. As for Christianity, if you think that hasn’t been distorted and has always been right then you need to but the bible down and pick up a history book. I have respect for religions and their core meaning but saying you’re without a doubt right is bullshit. Christianity borrowed from everything, including Phoenician, pagan and other aspects of the Old Religion, so back off with the hypocrisy. And your God is a very new concept, not just theirs. Christianity is only about 2000 years old. Other religions trace back to the Palaeolithic period, and you think yours is anymore right than another? I don’t want to offend you sweetie but, you were looking for facts, right?

  13. geo.kraniou says:

    Protect? At what cost? All glass windows are bound to break at some point for this is the nature of the glass. “Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away”. Nice debate nonetheless! Thanks for the Likes.

  14. nvsubbaraman says:

    Great WINDOWS! Let noble thought come to us from all open windows!

  15. Hello Mr. Nicholas, Thank you for reading my blog. Steve Gallanter

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