A Crisis of Faith

…I could really get behind.

After almost five years of war, many young Iraqis, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach.
In two months of interviews with 40 young people in five Iraqi cities, a pattern of disenchantment emerged, in which young Iraqis, both poor and middle class, blamed clerics for the violence and the restrictions that have narrowed their lives.
“I hate Islam and all the clerics because they limit our freedom every day and their instruction became heavy over us,” said Sara Sami, a high school student in Basra. “Most of the girls in my high school hate that Islamic people control the authority because they don’t deserve to be rulers.”
Atheer, a 19-year-old from a poor, heavily Shiite neighborhood in southern Baghdad, said:

“The religion men are liars….”

One Response to “A Crisis of Faith”

  1. greg newson says:

    What a sad situation this whole Irag war has been
    for everyone involved. I feel so proud of our
    American soldiers who did their duty.
    It reminds me of a newspaper story I read a while back.A man and his sister were on the beach and the sister’s five year son was swept out by a huge wave.
    The uncle dove in the water in an attempt to save his sister’s son.He drowned, as did the five year boy.Tragedy beyond belief.But, the sister must
    be comforted by the massive love of her heroic brother.

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