quotes tagged with 'terrorism'

The Book of Mormon teaches us how to treat terrorism to actually rid it out from our population.

In Helaman 6:37 it reads: "And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton; and they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites."

The Nephites, however, did not try such an approach; instead, they tried war. Although the Nephites were cautious enough to appoint a general who had the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, this did not overcome their reliance on the arm of flesh to remove the Gadianton Robbers in such a nonviolent and effective way through trust and faith in the Lord and their cause through bearing down pure testimony. Although Gidgiddoni would not go up to preemptively attack the Robbers, the Nephites still chose war as opposed to testimony. Although the Nephites eventually overcame their oppressors through matching violence with violence, their actions never achieved the persuading victory of the Lamanites over the Gadianton Robbers -- nor was their victory as long lasting in righteousness as was the Lamanites. Yes, they called on God, and, yes, God prospered them out of their reliance of temporal violence, but good, better, best applies here in scripture in how to deal with terrorism -- and I choose the best.

When confronted with a violent people -- whose ways have been that of a transgressor from the beginning -- do we initially take the stance of the Nephites, or do we take the stance of Ammon and his brethren? The Lamanites, in their day, were the terrorists and the most violent and bloodthirsty that they could imagine -- completely irredeemable.

3 Now do ye remember, my brethren, that we said unto our brethren in the land of Zarahemla, we go up to the land of Nephi, to preach unto our brethren, the Lamanites, and they laughed us to scorn?

24 For they said unto us: Do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth? Do ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers, as stiffnecked a people as they are; whose hearts delight in the shedding of blood; whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity; whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning? Now my brethren, ye remember that this was their language.

25 And moreover they did say: Let us take up arms against them, that we destroy them and their iniquity out of the land, lest they overrun us and destroy us.

And was Ammon's purpose to prove victory of terrorism through bloodshed and the sword, like unto his brethren -- those members of the Church, the Nephites, who had and supposedly lived the words of God? No...

26 But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls...

30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.

31 Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many; yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren and also towards us.

32 For behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy; and they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth, because of their love towards their brethren.

33 And now behold I say unto you, has there been so great love in all the land? Behold, I say unto you, Nay, there has not, even among the Nephites.

It is perhaps the most astonishing instance in text that a bloodthirsty people -- brought up in the absolute false traditions of their fathers with a unquenchable hatred to anyone not in their group -- would be brought so lowly to righteousness that through their repentance they perceived the celestial and divine and truly understood the eternal essence of our humanity and of Christ's purpose, atonement, and what it means to truly sacrifice and follow Christ to the cross...

There are ways to deal with terrorists as listed in the Book of Mormon in several places, and should we all take a moment to pause, think, and question our initial pull to defend ourselves with violence instead of extending hyperactive testimony to those of our enemies who seek so passionately to destroy us.

Author: Shiloh Logan, Source: LDS Liberty Facebook Thread Saved by Dmotola87 in terrorism 4 years ago[save this] [permalink]

America must know that the storm of airplanes will not stop, and there are thousands of young people who look forward to death like the Americans look forward to life.

Author: Salaiman Abu Ghaith, Source: Al Qaida spokesman, October 10, 2001Saved by ImaWriterIII in america terrorism suicide blowback terror 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

You cannot honor the prophet by dishonoring his teaching.

Author: Hamza Yusuf, Source: Changing The Tide. By Hamza Yusuf.Saved by skkanani in terrorism sayings muhammad 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
What more than 95 per cent of all suicide terrorist attacks around the world have in common is not religion, but a specific political goal to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly. From Lebanon to Sri Lanka to Chechnya to Kashmir to the West Bank, the central objective of every suicide terrorist campaign since 1980 has been to compel a democratic state with military forces on territory that the terrorists prize to take those forces out.
Author: Robert Pape, Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/why-the-bombers-are-so-a...Saved by cboyack in foreignpolicy terrorism intervention suicide blowback 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The Church as a Church does not believe in war and yet since its organization whenever war has come we have done our part ... we do thoroughly believe in building up our home defenses to the maximum extent necessary, but we do not believe that aggression should be carried on in the name and under the false cloak of defense. We therefore look with sorrowing eyes at the present use to which a great part of the funds being raised by taxes and by borrowing is being put ... We believe that our real threat comes from within and not from without, and it comes from the underlying spirit common to Naziism, Fascism, and Communism, namely, the spirit which would array class against class, which would set up a socialistic state of some sort, which would rob the people of the liberties which we possess under the Constitution, and would set up such a reign of terror as exists now in many parts of Europe ...
Author: LDS First Presidency, Source: Letter to U.S. Treasury, September 30, 1941Saved by cboyack in defense constitution liberty welfare socialism communism war nazi society terrorism aggression 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When Mother Teresa was asked to join in a march against war, will you be there? She said no. But if you will have a march for peace I will be there. A war on terrorism is feeding the very monster, terrorism, that we are trying to ameliorate. What we have got to do is flip it over. Ernest Holmes had a wonderful saying - "Wouldn't it be wonderful if a group of people arrived on earth that were for something and against nothing." Be for peace, not against war.
Author: Dr. Michael Bechwith - author of "The Secret", Source: http://www.backyardprofessor.com/the_backyard_professor/2007/0...Saved by Doc in contention peace courage morals terrorism positivism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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