Monday, December 8, 2014

Islam - Cloak of Hierarchy Being Removed?

Thomas Friedman, in a New York Times op-ed entitled "How ISIS Drives Muslims from Islam," gives the following quote:

"As an outsider, I can’t say how widespread this is (blowing the lid off some long simmering frustrations in the Arab Muslim world). But clearly there is a significant group of Muslims who feel that their government-backed preachers and religious hierarchies have handed them a brand of Islam that does not speak to them."

When religious hierarchies use judgement, oppression, ridicule, and clergy only from a select group, they often hide behind the cloak of religion allowing them to further their hierarchies with little opposition.  Often if the hierarchy becomes too extreme, people see it for what it is, which Mr. Friedman indicates is happening to some extent with the violent interpretation of Islam by ISIS.