This guy Choudary isn't just some guy who is on the 'radical' side. He is a Muslim rockstar with a huge
sphere of influence, as was the Mufti
who issued Geller's fatwa, and so many other Imams and clerics with similar ideologies that dictate how to feel and think for hordes of people. I like
many others am not a fan of Geller, but it really boils down to whether blatant, antagonistic religious blasphemy is worse than murder, and it most
certainly is not.
I must say that I believe in being respectful to all creeds. But after time and time again of trying my damnedest
to understand Islam 'enough'
to defend it, I cannot. I don't dislike Muslims, just Islam, and I would never be disrespectful to a Muslim just because of his/her faith alone.
However I am burdened with the knowledge that there are 2 billion people, born innocent and with endless potential, walking around with their minds in
shackles and it is very disheartening in terms of humanity's development and progression as a whole. Each time I read the Quran this is reinforced,
after analyzation from the most objective perspective I am capable of.
People other than M******d (pbuh) who changed the world forever such as Jesus or Buddha didn't get to their level of influence by lopping heads off,
taking slaves, and being basically what could be described as a warlord. There was a time when Christians(in many many cases) and Buddhists(in some
cases) were abusively intolerant and even forced conversion, but, over time, it became clear that the illuminating truths that the world gained from
them were in stark contrast to any idea of intolerance or domineering nature. Now many will say that is not true and to an extent they have very valid
points as there is a lot of intolerance coming from all walks of life and corners of the world. But, in our present day, when it comes to the most
grotesque aspects of humanity e.g. murder, rape, slavery, etc., on a scale of number of occurrences alone,
this is simply not correct, and you,
I, and everybody knows it.
People took concepts like love your neighbor from Jesus, peace of mind from Buddha. I am afraid that nothing came from 'the prophet' with any staying
power other than his god is the only
way. Maybe that's not true, maybe it's just a cultural thing that took a wrong turn somewhere; Jewish
scriptures are filled with similar proclamations of a 'one true god' that condoned violence, yet maybe because they are an older and in a
chronological sense more mature religion they have had time to grow out of the anger, violence, and suppression phase.
Also, the truth is that this really cannot be understood without historical context. The Muslim world was once the forerunner in science and new
ideas, and lived relatively peacefully until they were all but decimated by the Mongols, and subsequently invaded, conquered, and rearranged by many
empires from then until present day. It might make sense that they became the ones that took their religion the most seriously; they've never had a
lot of freedom and their religion seems to be the only thing they've got. Deep thoughts by Jack Handy.
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