perkele wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:07 pm
the numerous islamic terror organizations and apparently relatively widespread sympathy for them among muslims here and there throughout the world certainly don't help...
The terror organisations have been historically created & funded by the British & American empires, starting from WW1, when the British supported the violent fundamentalist Wahhabi Saudi against the secular Ottoman Empire. This is where the problem lies. The American terror (death squads) has been unleashed in countless countries.
binocular wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Why should mainstream Islam be seen as more authoritative than the Islam of the Talibans?
Mainstream Islam is secular; as described in the Koran & as demonstrated throughout Islamic history. It should particularly be noted Buddhism, while sometimes persecuted, remained in existence in the Islamic Empire up to around the 12 century, until it was destroyed by the Mongols, who were recent converts to Islam & originally appeared to be Buddhists. In their invasions of the Islamic Empire, before moving on to India, the Mongols slaughtered many Muslims & Persians. See link for starters then DYOR: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecuti ... by_Muslims
Taliban Islam was assorted lunatics & pyschopaths recruited, trained, funded & armed by the USA; similar to ISIS. Naturally, for some Americans, due to cognitive dissonance
, Taliban is more authoritative because it is 'Made In the USA', both militarily & by mass media.
In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. The occurrence of cognitive dissonance is a consequence of a person performing an action that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and values; and also occurs when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.