Scott Phillips

anonymous asked:

Your religion is responsible. Blood for blood, fuck Islam.

Saying all Muslims are responsible for Islamic extremism ignores the non-ideological reasons for that violence. Are all Christians responsible for Scott Phillip Roeder’s 2009 murder of Kansas Doctor George Tiller for performing abortions? Roeder said he killed in the name of his Christian religious belief. Are all Jews responsible for Yigal Amir’s 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which Amir said he committed in the name of Orthodox Judaism’s views?

This ignorance is not just unfounded, but it’s also potentially dangerous. Until we really understand extremism and violence, we will never figure out a cure. 

It is not Islam that drives ISIS, nor extreme views of Islam alone that inspire them to go to their deaths, supposedly as martyrs. It is their need to belong to a group that gave them a sense of power to strike back against a world that felt to them like it has its boot on their necks.

It was not being German that led Adolph Hitler (born in Austria) to form the National Socialist German Workers Party and in the name of a national tribe commit some of the most atrocious crimes against humanity the species has ever suffered. It was to belong, and lead, a group that provided the power that as an individual Hitler always felt he lacked.

It was not to be good loyal Americans that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols identified with anti-government extremist groups when they bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 2003, killing 169 (including 19 children) and injuring nearly 700 more. 

It’s not just extremists who do this, of course, and that’s the point. We all identify with this tribe or that (our city/state/nation, gender, race, religion, age group, political or general worldviews, etc.) And while it is fortunately only a few who turn to physical violence to establish their tribal identity, it is this same basic instinct that leads us to demonize others who come from a different nation, or culture, or religion, or point of view. That’s tribal too, and divisive, only without the guns and bombs. There is Us, and there is Them.

That was made especially clear with your statement, “Blood for blood.” Violence begets violence and doesn’t solve anything. Threatening a 22-year-old half-Muslim girl from Texas doesn’t solve anything. It only promotes hatred. The same kind of hatred in the examples listed above. 

Adapted from This Article. Please educate yourself and don’t come back on my blog again. 

Photo of the Day (NEW Photoset Preview Edition): Myles Kennedy and Scott Phillips of Alter Bridge (The Last Hero Tour, Spring 2017) — The Hippodrome (Baltimore) — May 9th, 2017

OMG GUUUYYS! I'M GOING TO SEE ALTER BRIDGE IN 2 MONTHS....AND GOT A FUCKING BACKSTAGE PASS!!! OMG I COULD CRY AND I CAN'T BELIEVE IT😭 IT'S GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY EVER! GOING TO CRY LIKE A BABY WHEN I SEE MYLES😭😍

it’s a b-day gift from a good friend and I couldn’t believe it…I’m so thankful 😭😭❤ gosh help meeeee

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Photos of the Day: Alter Bridge (The Last Hero Tour, Winter 2017) — The Fillmore Silver Spring — February 10th, 2017 [x]

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This is tomorrow’s way to end our days.

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firebendinglemur submitted: 

Myles Kennedy 10/10 fan interaction starting at about 1:30

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Photos of the Day: Alter Bridge (Fortress Tour, Spring 2014; The Last Hero Tour, Winter 2017) — Rams Head Live!; The Fillmore Silver Spring — April 21st, 2014 [x]; February 10th, 2017 [x]

If you’re seeing this post on May 9th, 2017, it means—wait, didn’t I post something similar to this three months ago? I’m either having déjà vu, or Alter Bridge is playing a show in Baltimore at The Hippodrome and I am already there. Hmm. Well, since this is a queued post, it must be the latter! Stay tuned for photos, a brief review, and… maybe a surprise or two!!