Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fathers teach sons to become warriors in religious cultures under conflict

At a Sunday School class this morning, there was a presentation of the diaspora of the Jewish peoples at various times in the Old Testament.  Yes, the ten tribes were captured and removed, and then the other two were.  Not with a Holocaust as with the Nazis, but this does happen with invaders.

I posed the question as to whether a man raising a family in a settlement on the West Bank could really set a good example for his children, especially sons, in depending property that was taken away by force from the previous owners (Palestinians).   This is the problem George Meek has worked on (previous posts).  I also said I wondered if a good father on the Palestinian side could tell his son to grow up to be a suicide bomber.  I don’t think so.

But the view was expressed that in a culture like this, it is the survivor of your own people that is the highest value.  Sons in these circumstances are being taught to become “warriors”, or like the “Dauntless” faction in “Divergent”.  How is a suicide bomber morally different from an Air Force pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

Very different, to me.
  
The picture is of Nacascolo, Nicaragua, the mission site for the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC a few years back. 

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