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|Tue, 06-22-2004 - 9:35pm|
When people act following the example of the founder of their faith and the words in the books of their faith, in general, is every "act of faith" to be respected because it is an "act of faith" and under the U.S. constitution protected by freedom of religion e.g.:
John Walker Lindh-as a believer fought joined a religious war against the U.S.--should he have been arrested or were his actions protected under his free exercise of religion under the constitution?
The "militants" (PC term) who beheaded the South Korean Christian and the Americans, including Daniel Perle: President Bush characterizes these men/actions as barbaric. Are they barbaric or are they consciously acting in accordance with their religion:
"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks ..." (Qur'an, Sura 47:4).
What is the appropriate response of a country that separates church and state to a group of people of a single religious faith who are attacking the people of that country based on religious grounds?