First off, new member to ATS
Secondly, I'd like to start off that I am not being racist in my critique of Islam ( Some automatically correlate Islam criticism with racism,
instead of religious scepticism)
However, I must say that I do perceive this as a threat. If Europe is any indication, in my opinion, Islam is very much out to assimilate cultures
into their own. The potential problem with any religion are its fundamentals. I have read much of the Quran, and what truly is to blame are the holy
book's fundamental principles. Many are simply barbaric. From complete intolerance of atheists, to the oppression of women, to possibility of violent
interpretation, it just doesn't appear to be an ideology that should be embraced in 2011. There is also the expectation from many Islamic groups that
they be given special treatment, and unfortunately, many people adhere to this and tip toe around directly addressing this religion. My opinion has
always been that a movement should provide beneficial evidence for being publicly supported. And to be frank, there is absolutely no evidence
whatsoever for the majority of religious claims across the world. No evidence, no treatment.
I am Canadian, and I am very proud of how secular a culture we have become over the generations. I am also attracted to the idea that we are moving in
a direction where religion is a personal choice, and should be treated as such. There's no way to tactfully state that, to be perfectly honest, the
aim of Islam is to take over the world. I have seen this as well in my personal dealings with just about every Muslim I have met, as almost every time
there is a point where I am urged to convert. There's no shortage of news reports on barbaric acts committed in the name of Islam. I am trying not to
generalize, as you cannot blame every member of a religion for these acts, however like I said - the fundamentals are to blame.
I don't want Sharia Law lobbied for in this country, nor do I want the majority of its citizens to abandon critical thinking in favour of
superstition. I don't believe that organized religious belief of any kind is psychologically healthy. And while I absolutely cannot STAND Harper, for
once, I will have to agree. Organized religious assimilation, of any kind, I do perceive as a threat. Because jihads, body mutilation and rampant
homophobia aside - it teaches its followers not to think.
That all being said though, one cannot help wonder if, as always, there is something else beneath the surface of a politician's statements. Because
who knows, one day Islamification is a threat, the next week there's a "terrorist attack" blaming some other country, and before you know it, on
goes The Great War Machine