posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 01:40 PM
Originally posted by Freedom_for_sum
In my quest to learn more about Islam and its differences from western thinking, I came across this nugget:
"The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist
who deserves to be punished." [Muslim religious edict, 1993, Sheik
Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz, Supreme religious authority, Saudi Arabia]"
Islam is wrong. But this sort of post is also wrong, because it breaks the first principle of morality, "Do not do to others what you would not like
them to do to you."
Any group larger than a tiny one will contain a lunatic fringe. That is because any group is comprised of humans, and human groups over a certain
size always have a few daft bunnies somewhere. (How else, indeed, does this forum exist?)
The google search you (rightly) give does not suggest that the author of these words -- which I am uncertain whether anyone has checked against the
reference -- was an authority over all Islam. It suggests that he was a crank, and that his fatwa was never official policy, even in Saudi Arabia.
While Islam is wrong, and the source of much misery in the world, misrepresenting it by quote-mining crank opinions and attributing them to 1bn people
Moslem familiarity with Greek science, mediated through the Syriac-speaking world, means that educated moslems have long known different.
All the best,