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Submitted by Discouraged (United States), Jun 23, 2007 at 19:22

First of all, "Truth-Finder", your comments show me that you have neither found "truth" nor are even honestly searching for it. You have bought into the media representation of Muslims, not reality.

Second, you are incorrent that I "have only 1/2 the value of (my) husband" under Sharia Law. In Islam, men are taught to revere women because we carry life into this world that Allah, The Lord, God (or whatever you choose to call the supreme being) has given us. However, because women wear veils to protect them ungainst perversion of men, they are considered "second class" by the outside world. Now, I am not ignorant, and I have heard of terrible attrocities occuring in muslim countries against women. However these events are the exception, not the norm. Do you think that women wearing veils trumps the high rate of teenage pregancy prevalent in western society? Or how about the staggering number of dead beat dads that have multiple children and don't take care of them?

Third. Yes, muslim men are allowed to marry up to 4 women. How is this any different than polygamist mormons that we allow to break federal law everyday, that live right here in our own country, and let tax dollars support their 15 children? But let me tell you something I bet you DIDN'T know...A large number of muslims are NOT practicing polygamy. The entire time my husband was growing up, he only knew of 2 or 3 families that had multiple marriages. And do you know WHY they were married more than once? Again, I bet you don't. The families were all relatives whose husbands had died, and they were married simply so that the new husband could take care of the children (Since it is not morally acceptable for the women to live with the men when they were legally able to get married to them). Now, with this new knowledge, do you really think that multiple marriages are any worse than men and women cheating on their spouses (which is also prevalent in western society)? Or young couples living together before they get married to "test the waters"? What about the high rate of STD's in America caused by men having sex with men, and people having sex with multiple partners?

Lastly, what my beliefs are are not what is significant here. The point I was trying to make, which you obviously missed, is that everyone believes differently You, along with everyone else in this world, needs to accept those differences. You don't know any better than anyone else what is the "Truth"...and you won't find it until after it is too late to relay it to the rest of the human world.

By the way, have you ever even read the Holy Quran? You can't FIND the TRUTH if you don't have all the facts (And saying "I don't need to read the Quran...I know it's not true" is a cop-out). Grow up, do some research, and stop relying on what media and the rednecks around you are saying. Think for youself, and maybe you will realize that the earth really IS older than 6,000 years.

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