If only everyone were so soft. This report, in any case, if it is correct that even Filipino converts to Islam don’t believe they will go to heaven if they commit suicide — a hangover of their Christian beliefs — shows the difference between the two religions and the hollowness of moral and theological equivalence arguments. From GulfNews, with thanks to Jihad Watch News Editor Eric Schwappach:
Manila: Militants have a hard time training Filipinos to be suicide bombers because of their soft-heartedness, a source told Gulf News.
“Filipino Muslims and Christians, who are converts to Islam, could not muster enough courage to become suicide bombers because they do not believe that they would go to heaven after committing suicide,” said a source, who preferred anonymity.
His information came from those who have met foreign trainers in various camps in the south, he said.
At the same time, Muslims and converts could not leave bombs in places where there are children and women, he added.
The “cultural mindset of rebels in the Philippines” has made it harder for foreign militants to train suicide bombers in Metro Manila or in Mindanao, he said.