The peaceful religion

by Andrea Elizabeth

A very informative film, “Among the Believers“, documents the tensions in Pakistan surrounding the Red Mosque whose madrasah taught impoverished Pakistani youth, sent there by parents who couldn’t afford to care for them, Islamic Extremism. The opposition to the Sharia law promoted there was granted a televised debate with the cleric of the Red Mosque. The cleric said he was standing up for the Koran’s jihad and Sharia law. The Pakistani professor in western clothes could only say, please quit teaching our youth to kill and abuse people. He didn’t site the Koran or anything religious beyond peace and niceness. I came away reinforced that nice, peaceful Muslims are secular and nominal and not religious.