Keep it on topic people, the subject is "Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh" not "How smart are Muslims?"
And, may I add, please be civil and refrain from ad hominems.
Yes, thank you.
my effort, in making the absurd assertion that if one uses the numeral "zero" one must be a muslim) was merely to make a point,
that if, because some muslims
engage in violence
one thinks it rational to assume that therefore everyone who is a muslim is violent,
then therefore is equally rational to assume that
if someone asserts something that some muslims also assert (in this case, a principle of mathematics),
then that person is likewise a muslim.
Of course, this is not logical at all.
there is a saying, "a beard is just a beard, until it is on the chin of a communist.
Then it becomes one of those communist beards
The same sort of bent reasoning is being used here.
All religions have holy books whose texts can be used to justify any level of violence or other expression of ignorance.
Both The anti-muslim, as well as the radical jihadist, point to the Qu'ran as an excuse for the acts of violence being committed. For the anti muslim, blame and for the jihadist, sacred rationale.
Either way, it ends up being the same.
It effectively takes the burden responsibility for his actions off the perpetrator.
"blame the words, not the person interpreting the words".
Buddhism teaches that we are responsible for our actions and the results of our actions.
This is why condemning everyone under a certain label is usually erroneous.
(usually, not always. it depends of the specific accuracy of the label).
It doesn't mean we condone violence or apologize for the actions of violent people.
it means we put the burden of responsibility where it belongs.