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April 23rd, 2014
08:13 PM ET

Does 9/11 museum slander Muslims?

(CNN) – Interfaith leaders object to a film slated to be part of an exhibit in the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

"The Rise of Al Qaeda," narrated by NBC's Brian Williams, is supposed to provide a brief history of the terrorist group.

The opening lines:

“This program describes the emergence of the terrorist organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks. It concentrates on a period of roughly 15 years, beginning with al-Qaeda’s founding during the Soviet-Afghan War and concluding with its rationale and planning for the attacks of 2001. The program tracks al-Qaeda’s embrace of violence and the decision of its leadership to commit mass murder, at the dawn of the 21st century.”

But faith leaders say the film does not draw a sharp enough distinction between al Qaeda and Muslims in general.

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  1. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    When we talk about this issue we have to distinguish between Stone Age-Islam and modern Islam (of course, it yet challenges the validity of a religion when its moral code depends on the the time).

    Today all old religions are influenced by the American or Anglo-Saxon civil religion which has dampened the bigotry of the old religions whereby the Islamic beast is very tough. Yet Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, said that it is nearly impossible to change the habits of the peoples under Islamic rule. Today we see that Frederic was right (I don't claim that all Muslims are extremists, but seemingly there is high inclination).

    What actually is worse: American civil religion or Islam?

    Rather American civil religion because it includes more hypocrisy.

    The faithful followers of Muhammad killed their victims publically. The Capitalist system kills people slowly and furtively, and makes us very unhappy.

    Maybe Al Qaeda realized the depravity of the Western system, but it was or is not right how they fight it (us).

    Maybe yet Muhammad was horrified about the materialism (this is a hypothesis of mine) of the Eastern Roman Empire which was actually a very Christian state (there Christianity was legalized large-scale). Yet, seemingly, they neglected the holy gift, sacramental baptism as we do today. They did not overcome their selfish nature through the releasing power of Jesus' sacrifice. Muhammad concluded (wrongly) that Christianity would be false in itself, and that it would be the distortion of the old genuine religion of Abraham (Islam in Muhammad's eyes). Yet, the problem was not that Christianity was false, but the disobedience of the Christians of the East of the Eastern Roman Empire.

    How to encounter capitalism?

    Certainly it will be of no benefit, if we crash into high buildings. What is the benefit of killing innocent people? Someone who assumes that the killing of innocent people would please God, must be obsessed by demons or Satan himself. So, perfect Islam is Satanism.

    What would a faithful Christian do against capitalism in contrast to a faithful Muslim?

    We must pray for a new power elite whose God is not the Mammon (idol of materialism) but Jesus Christ. If these pious people yet exist, they will certainly know how to seize rule in a legal way. Constantine the Great was such a man. He destroyed the anti-Christian leaders of the Roman Empire, and founded the Christian Eastern Roman Empire. We certainly need a new Constantine.

    Today ordinary Muslims should be seen as victims of the False Prophet (Muhammad) and evil Imams (also false prophets). We should love them unbiasedly, and when there is opportunity we should tell them that they can get saved through Jesus Christ, if they repent, believe in Jesus, and get sacramentally baptized, and decline Islam. It is very important that they realize that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who has borne our sinful flesh when he died for us on the cross.

    Conclusion: Modern Islam is only a tamed beast, but it can become a wild beast again every moment. Nobody can really tame a lion. When extremists crash into buildings Islam shows its true colors – it is just the most fanatic religion which was ever established.

    Change people through love (still love them, even if they don't want to change), but don't hate them! Hate is a prestage of murder. If you don't feel able to love the imperfect then ask Jesus for the power of love. Sorry, are you perfect?

    (Heretics, false prophets and the like need a harsher treatment – feel free.)

    April 25, 2014 at 6:57 am |
    • Akira

      I see you saw fit to paste your inherent bigotry on yet another page.

      Seriously, Braendlein, you’ve got to get off this kick of trying to shore up your own religion by trashing and tearing down all others.

      You have made up your own religion, and in order to validate your ideas, you slander others. Braendleinism exists only in your head.

      I understand that you feel you are trying to be a modern-day Bonhoffer, and that you consider him a the patron saint of Braendleinism, but really, your bigotry outshines your piety. You simply need to stop.

      April 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        I am astonished that you pay so much attention to my little posts. Thank you.

        Concerning my surname:

        I am well pleased that it sounds so ridiculous, and therefore will never become the name of any movement. My name means little fire in German language. When I was a child a Catholic priest told me that he would hope that out of little fire would never emerge a big fire. It appears to me that the devil has some ability to predict the future, but, of course, limited.

        I would be happy, if I would be allowed to wash Bonhoeffer's feet.

        I don't slander anybody, but only fight the heretics.

        April 26, 2014 at 6:56 am |
        • Akira

          Don't be flattered I pay attention to your posts. After all, an exorcist pays attention the the demon he's trying to banish. If you think of it in that vein, you'll see why I bother to fight against your nasty posts.
          I constantly fight against bigots. You shouldn't be surprised that when you write outrageous and fact-free posts, someone will call you out on it.
          Your idea of a heretic is anyone not you. You have insulted some of the most devout people on this board with your ridiculous ideas of your perfect religion.
          You wish to form your own religion, and that's why I chose to name it after the misguided person who is constantly trying to form it: Braendleinism. I am unsurprised you didn't recognize the sarcasm behind my naming your congregation of one. An oxymoron, BTW.

          April 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
        • Akira

          And my surname means "blessed". So there's that.

          April 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
  2. kenmargo

    There is nothing on this planet, that slanders islam more than muslims.

    April 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm |
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