One dangerous point that comes up in these discussions is that terrorism against Shi`i civilians are almost justified because of "cursing the sahaba". The presenter said a couple times, "if they were cursing Imam Ali, we'd feel like killing them too". Firstly, this is a false equivalency: the standard Sunni believes Abu Talib, Abdullah, and Amina are in hell; our Imams in some cases were cursed by names from the pulpits, but do you know of any incidents where Sunnis were killed for these beliefs
We need to all admit that there are extremists on both sides. You will find extremist WF supporters and also extremist Shirazi supporters.
Lets all avoid being unprofessional and rude (including myself). If you only have something to say which is based on facts and logic, then comment.
It's very sad to see that we're all divided. We should all unite under the banner of our Imams (as).
I never wanted to get involved in this thread, but given this video is coming out of the "Hawzah" and is somewhat representative of the Western students in Qom, I believe a few points needed to be mentioned.
Disclaimer 1: I am not in anyway linked to Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi - I have nothing to do with him, and I am not a fan of his academic discussions (I found them to be relatively weak in fact).
Disclaimer 2: I have nothing against the government of Iran, but I acknowledge the fact that
The Islamic Pulse guys are sincere brothers, I know some of them in real life, but they have their own opinions and biases.
There is good information in their videos but we should take it for what it is, information and not Quran or Hadith or even fatwa.