TURKI, Radar Ampera – Acts of terrorism that have been troubling lately are again happening in the beloved homeland.
Starting from the suicide bomb incident in front of Makassar Cathedral on Sunday, March 28, 2021, followed by an attack at the Jakarta Police Headquarters on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Although some parties urge that the public do not associate it with religion, but the evidence and so forth inevitably have to be recognized indeed refers to a particular religion, namely Islam.
So, why is it that only Islam is often identified with acts of terrorism? Is it true that no other religion is so?
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has also questioned the matter when he makes a public speech.
At that time, he asked those present if they had ever heard of Christian terrorists, Jewish terrorists, Buddhist terrorists, or Atheist terrorists.
This was stated by Erdogan in response to the massacre of Muslims and Muslims in Myanmar, also related to the global issue of Islamophobia that he felt.
This was conveyed in a short video posted on Cordova Media’s YouTube channel titled “What Does Erdogan Say about Global Islamophobia?” which is about one minute and twenty seconds long.
“Have you ever heard anyone call Christian terrorists, Jewish terrorists, Buddhist terrorists?” asked Erdogen in the video, quoted on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
“Or even those who do not believe in God are called Atheist terrorists?” he continued.
Erdogan then alluded to the massacre of Muslims (ethnic Uighurs) in Myanmar and questioned why no one associated him with a particular religion.
“You’ll never hear it. Because if the culprit is Muslim, then his religion will be blamed for his actions.”
Erdogan argues that if the perpetrators are not Muslims, then his religion will not be mentioned and linked to his actions.
“If he is not Muslim, then his religion will not be mentioned.”
Erdogan went on to state that such a thing is not beautiful because it does not reflect a good attitude.
On the contrary, such an attitude is a bad attitude because it is already part of global Islamophobia.
“Western and international countries associate Islam with terrorism which they ultimately seek to equate (Islam and terrorism).”
At the end of his speech, Erdogan then urged all who were there to “fight” to stop the global Islamophobia that still exists today.
In another sense, fighting together obliterates the international notion that Islam has always been associated with terrorism.
“We’re going to destroy this game together. Are we ready?” concluded Erdogan. (*)