Violence, Violence And Violence Essay

1358 Words Nov 4th, 2014 null Page
October 2014 was one of the most violent months in my memory. Filling the headlines were a beheading which was broadcast online, a shooting at Canada’s Parliament, a murder/suicide at a high school, and multiple other violent attacks on law enforcement officers, and citizens. Up to and including September 11, 2001, the first assumption when similar events unfurled was that some psychotic person, working alone, would be found responsible for the mayhem. Not this month. The phrase Radical Islamist Extremist (or a politically correct version of the same characterization) was on everyone lips, and these extremists were suspected widely to be at blame for each act of violence.

Today many in public life are willing to lump all Muslims together, as though all Muslims believe the same way, and as though they are all determined to eliminate all other viewpoints by the use of violence. In light of my own experience with the only Muslims I know personally, I have a difficult time reconciling what these extremists do, and with how Muslims are portrayed by many in the media, with the people I know. So, in search of better understanding, I decided to interview a member of the Siddique family for this essay.

Mr. Khalil Siddique emigrated from Pakistan to London over 40 years ago, where he met and married his good wife, who is from India. Both are devout Muslims, as are Siddique’s’ two children, a son and a daughter. I met Mr. Siddique and his son 15 years ago when they visited…

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