Below is the information I referred to in David Melik's discussion regarding Brotherhood and Religions.

(Occult Brotherhood founded most/all religions, are they actually good?)

The following is taken from the Eureka Alert headlines

Islamist extremists emphasize self-defense, not world domination


The study concludes with four recommendations for the West: 1) abandon claims that Islamist extremists seek world domination; 2) focus on addressing claims of victimization; 3) emphasize alternative means of deliverance; and 4) reveal that the image of "champion" sought by extremists is a false one. Other studies have shown in fact that al Qaeda-linked militants are 38 times more likely to kill a Muslim than a member of another group – hardly the activity of a "competent champion," the ASU study states.

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Comment by John on August 3, 2012 at 3:55pm

Starting an atrocities of religions section would be a good idea.

Not sure how it should be structured... Abrahamic, Vedic, Buddhist, Taoist/Chinese(?) etc.   ?

Comment by Dominique on August 2, 2012 at 8:24pm

No it is not a sad state of affairs. David here, actually has some points that needs to be addressed, and which can't ever be just doused over. The U.S. Intelligence & Defense? State their positions, I know them, a very weak & distorted version, and it is very politically motivated, something perhaps a theosophist should not get involved in having nothing to do with the very insight that removes all this nonsense.

To ask us to live peacefully within the variety of religions in the world without being critical would be a sad state for theosophists. As a person who is not only studying and comparing these traditions, actually spending time in these communities for some time has removed several misconceptions, from some assumptions being seen as false, to also seeing that some of those assumptions are true with particular individuals, or even surprising me, that for example Islam is inherently fundamentalist - whats so EMOTIONALLY FEARFUL about that.  that the divisions U.S. Media, the Intelligence & Defense for the U.S. create as barriers to a proper understanding of not just Islam but any other tradition. By what I mean proper, I don't trying to dress every religion up as innocent. As theosophists, it would be a far worst state of affairs on this site to remain un-critical. I have heard almost every single propaganda of various organized-religions. We ought to find what is false and true in them. I remember Blavatsky saying something about this towards the religions in somewhat the same light. 

Comment by John on August 1, 2012 at 10:30pm

At least the organizations running Intelligence and Defense for the U.S. are attempting to analyze the situation from a realistic viewpoint based on Science rather than emotional fear. The theosophists apparently need to rethink and try to understand how to live peacefully within the variety of religions in the world. Rather a sad state of affairs for this web site.

If one's theosophical understanding is from the late 1800's, I guess that carries through to the rest of their intellect as well. That may at least occassionally explain some behaviors one can find.

Comment by John on July 30, 2012 at 3:34pm

Comment by John on July 30, 2012 at 10:42am

One of the main points I wanted to get across is that Islam is nowhere near as evil as people believe.

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