Jesus talked of hate too and bringing the sword amongst brothers. Moses was a multi-murderer. Muhamed massacred hundreds of captive men & young teen boys of a Jewish tribe. Three Abrahamic religions, each with many sects and various political thinkings within. Most ancient cultures and languages were destroyed by the Arab sword, massacring many, or imposing impossible taxes on 'infidels'. Only South-East Asia was converted by contact with traders. Those other conquered ancient cultures from Anatolia, Thebes & Egypt to the Indian subcontinent & Central Asia came back, now Muslim, and created the first global enlightenment and one by one took back their independence & national identities. Europe, not just the usual savage north/western parts (later protestants), was all in savagery, Jewish pogroms, mass persecutions of heretics, total ignorance, book burnings (all except The Bible in Latin) etc. for centuries known as the Dark Ages. Most Jews escaped savage Christian Europeans for enlightened Muslim havens in which they lived happily till the formation of Israel in 1948. Then came contact for Europeans with muslims in greed based wars known as the Crusades in which the wise Christian Byzantine Empire (Holy Eastern Roman Empire-modern Turkey) was first tricked by thuggish western Dukes, then massacred, looted and burnt. They even massacred many Christians they 'saved' in the holy lands and sometimes barbecued and ate those fellow Christians!
With these contacts slowly 2 bundles of knowledge found their way to savage dark age Europe. First ancient knowledge from Egypt Greece Mesopotamia Persia etc. that was all burnt by the Europeans and to some extent originally by Arab invaders too but some had been hidden and with Enlightenment in the east they were popular. Originally only the peninsula (current Saudi/Yemen) was Arab and most current (Mid-Eastern semitic/North African) Arab nations were/are not Arab but older cultures. Peninsula tribes were soon civilized by those they had conquered just like the Mongols. Secondly these enlightened Muslim nations, most soon independent or autonomous from centralist yoke despite many having lost their languages, had far surpassed ancient cultures and sciences. Modern science is based on them. Over generations these and enlightened habits in daily living to virtually much else including luxuries we take for granted found their way back to Southern Europe again after a long absence and Northern Europe for the first time. Then renaissance, Glorious Revolution, enlightenment, empiricism, French Revolution, Republics, Secularism, Industrial Revolution, anti slavery and finally late 19th/early 20th century modernism, suffragettes, industrial wars (though US civil war was 1st), Communism/Fascism, Cold War & decolonization. Back then the muslims stagnated and then colonialism made things much worse. Edward Said's brilliant 'Orientalism' hints at much hidden debates within the establishment for those in the know. And there were many secular figures or even thinly disguised atheists like the famous Omar Khayam. Atheists were in different periods, not always & everywhere, allowed to debate openly from the early Amavite & Abbasid dynasties to later Turkic & Ottoman inheritors unlike much much later in Europe. Anyone reading here would think Buddhists are the most ignorant on history and history of ideas not to mention prejudiced.
In the US till 70's, religion was non-grata in intellectual & political circles. After Khomeini it came back, also in muslim countries & Hindu India (BJP) & Israel and elsewhere except Europe. Also the Red (bible belt) vs. Blue states is new. If you study contemporary history you see the roots of neoconservatives are mainly in Southern Democratic Party pre Civil-Rights/JFK/LBJ plus a few Jewish ex-Trotskyite godfathers. Most muslims are decent reasonable people. Let's not simplify whole histories and peoples like an ignorant fascist thug.
Islamic Fundamentalism is an evil mandala but slowly over some generations, short historic term, it will be buried forever. Don't align yourself with a bigger evil mandala of warmongers that will last longer. Enlightened eras and Kaliyugas under various empires will come and go for a very long time. If we don't focus on practice then we will be reborn in one of the near infinite other world systems most of which are not this lucky with teachings. We might spend millions of years wasting time and suffering in those. Samantabhadra did not faint due to fascination and fall into confusion, dualism and habitual karmic samsara of "wanting self & hating others", unlike unlucky us. Trust your instincts. Avoid simplifications, over-generalizations, propaganda, hate, prejudice and war-mongering. We are mainly what we contemplate on regularly. Fill your hearts with our gurus' humanitarian evolutionary advice on these matters, practice and love.
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Dzogchen masters I know say: 1)Buddhist religion essence is Dzogchen 2)Religions are positive by intent/fruit 3)Any method's OK unless: breaking Dzogchen vows, mixed as syncretic (Milanese Soup) 4)Don't join mandalas of opponents of Dalai Lama/Padmasambhava: False Deity inventors by encouraging victims 5)Don't debate Ati with others 6)Don't discuss Ati practices online 7) A master told his old disciple: no one's to discuss his teaching with some others on a former forum nor mention him. Publicity's OK, questions are asked from masters/set teachers in person/email/non-public forums~Best wishes