I find it quite difficult to find a reliable news source that doesn't interject too much of their own biases into stories. As a result I tend to gravitate towards BBC news, as I find their coverage usually to be somewhat more middle of the road.


I was reading this article this morning:



For those who are of the TL;DR crowd I'll jump to the main points


They probe the issue of radicalization of Islamic immigrants within the borders of the United States, specifically focusing on the case of one Omar Hammami and his radicalization and subsequent joining of Al-Shabab.


Now, whilst my opinions of radicalization of any person for any reason (particularly of the religious) is a terrible thing i was struck by two points in this article. Frist, a quote from a close friend of Hammami's describing his early life:


"His dad is Syrian, a Sunni Muslim, his mom's a Southern Baptist, from a little tiny town down here. His mom would take him to church and stuff like that," his schoolfriend, James Culveyhouse, explains.


That in itself is an interesting point to me. It may imply many things about a clash of belief systems in a young man. One who discovered his paternal heritage in his teen years during a summer vacation to Syria. A confusing time for anyone in life, particularly if you are a child of two faiths.... but I digress.


The article continues by demonstrating Hammami's increase zeal for his new-found religion. Which eventually became politicized when Him and Culveyhouse moved to Toronto where Hammami apparently became quite involved in the large Somali community.


To come to my point the article ends with the author try to postulate where this desire for radicalization stems from, where best to stay vigilant. Culveyhouse (who also converted to Islam) puts his two cents on the matter as such: 


"It's not first generation immigrants," he says, "they are not going off (to fight)." Nor he says, is it the children of religious immigrants.

Instead he says, look to those who are brought up in secular or non-practising households. An identity crisis comes at some point.

"It's like a rubber band," he says. "You pull far enough in on direction and you've got to let it go sometime."


Excuse me? But at what point did this case of a child of two faiths who would go "...to church and stuff like that,"  suddenly become an excuse to rail against secular families? Where in any of this article's analysis of his upbringing mention his secularity? It didn't. 


The stupidity of those involved at the heart of this matter leaves everyone in a very dangerous situation. Place the blame where the blame truly lies, with the family of two different faiths that couldn't explain to their child a rational view of the world. Leave the secular families out of this!


That's really all of my rant. Sorry if I made it TL;DR.



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