Suicide bombers and prosperity gospels,

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

No brand of fanaticism is better than another. Muslims are criticized for their extreme actions, such as the suicide bombings on 9/11, but Lupe claims that the trendy cult of prosperity theology, which instructs its adherents that donations to their cause will literally bring material wealth, has done just as much harm.

The juxtaposition of the two statements on this line lend themselves to the idea that Lupe is suggesting both suicide bombers and prosperity gospels are emaciated models of their respective faiths. In other words, they represent a small minority of an otherwise greater, positive force. Much of Lupe’s more recent lyrics revolve around comparing his Muslim faith with the Christian faith that dominates the American culture, of which he is both a member and a model.

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