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Originally posted by grapesofraft
If we let Muslim extremism continue to spread then they will crush the rights of women and take countries back to the Dark Ages.
We must destroy these Muslim extremists before they are allowed to spread their crazy ideology!
[edit on 7/30/2009 by grapesofraft]
In 2003, Royesh says, Marefat became the target of a smear campaign in local Shiite mosques and educational centers. The school's teachers were accused of preaching Christianity, communism, Judaism and secularism – all of which are illegal under Afghan law.
Last year the smears spread further, over the airwaves of a television channel set up by Mohammad Asif Mohseni, the Shiite cleric who drafted the controversial law that allowed marital rape in Afghanistan.
"Thousands of women are punished with lashes in Sudan but they stay silent," she said. "The law is being used to harass women and I want to expose this."
Yassir Arman, a senior member of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the dominant party in southern Sudan, said he had brought up the case with the U.S. Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration on his recent visit. "The SPLM is calling for this law to be repealed," he told Reuters. "It humiliates both Christian and Muslim women." Northern Sudan is government by Islamic law which includes restrictions on public decency, particularly for women.
Originally posted by The Parallelogram
I agree with the OP, but I feel that he is unnecessarily moderate in his position.
The problem is not Islamic extremism. The problem is religious extremism. There is in America a not insignificant segment of Christian fundamentalists who would act the same were it not for the threat of imprisonment and execution.
Religiously motivated assaults and murders, such as the recent slaying of abortion doctor George Tiller by a fundamentalist Christian, are common even in Western nations. Long-term conflicts like that in Palestine, or the age-old struggle between India and Pakistan, are as motivated by differences in religious dogma as by territorial greed.
The root of the problem is that religion, at least as represented by the major faiths of the world, is irrational. It instills and encourages belief in metaphysical forces which bring life after death, or mandate the eradication of nonbelievers, or what have you. These delusional beliefs can lead practitioners who happen to be unstable to justify their irrational, perhaps even violent, actions in the name of an imagined greater metaphysical good.
Under certain faiths, these violent acts tend to come from individuals who are emotionally disturbed to begin with, who may mis-apply the principles of their religion in antisocial or violent ways. In other societies, though, these malicious, religiously-inspired acts are the norm, rather than the exception; Dark-ages Europe, the town of Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600s, Islamic nations living under Sharia law, and the Emperor-worshiping faith of Japan before and during World War II are a few examples of cultures in which unspeakable cruelty has been tolerated or condoned on the basis of religious ideology.
Blaming Islam in particular is nearsighted. Extremist Christianity several hundred years ago was every bit as inflammatory, destructive, and un-humanitarian as extremist Islam is today. Islam is a much younger faith than Christianity, and is no more unstable than Christianity was during its earlier years, in the times which gave us the Crusades, the Inquisitions, the institutionalized repression of women, and the execution of heretics and suspected 'witches'.
No one faith is to blame for all of this. Until we can, as a species, cease to use our religious beliefs as justification for harming or killing one another, this pattern will continue; it is not any particular God which inspires violence, but the irrational influence of fundamentalist religion itself.
Originally posted by grapesofraft
reply to post by schrodingers dog
How am I wrong? Do you really want people to have to live under the rule of a bunch of lunatics that dont even think a woman is worth an education and they threaten to kill little girls for trying to better themselves? Name one thing that would be good about being ruled by the Taliban.
Originally posted by newworld
to the people criticizing the member who started this thread- all he is saying is that islamic EXTREMIST should be destroyed. Notice he is not saying that all muslims must be destroyed, or that Islam is an evil religion that needs to be eradicated. He is criticizing the extremist of the group; not the GROUP as a whole.