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Radical Variant Or Does Islam Have A Dark Side ??

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Submitted by Diane X (United Kingdom), Sep 5, 2007 at 12:43

Radical Variant Or Does Islam Have A Dark Side ??

I seriously don't believe in this radical variant. Muslims know that Islam is violent; they are not just going to tell you. The violence of Islam is like the dark side of Islam. For example any Muslim knows that if they don't do things in a certain way, that there is a chance of violence. As any former Muslim will tell you, that even though they are no longer Muslim, still feel the threat - making saying that you were once a Muslim unwise in certain circumstances.

There was a debate in a news program on France24, a where woman made reference to the history of violence in Islam, as one of the means used to conquer and establish Islam in the lands they did. But a French college professor, who was also a part of this debate, called her a racist. It seems that it is okay to openly talk about the Spanish Conquistador and all that was the Inquisition, but we must somehow refrain from mentioning that horrific violence was also used in the spread of Islam.

All in all, what happened then, when many Islamic lands were conquered, is happening now. It is very unlikely that you ever had all of the people taking part in the violence to spread early Islam. And like today, there probably were a lot of people who were moderates, or outright rejected violence as a way to spread Islam.

But we can't overlook that once a new area had been taken for Islam that these moderate or otherwise non-violent people did exult - so to speak, in the spoils of the victory. Here was another place, in their eyes, however obtained, that was brought over to their God and beliefs.

I put it to you - that this cult of violence is not a variant of Islam, that violence, has always been a part of the religion, that they have for centuries kept their people in line with the fear of it, and more frighteningly, that there is a numbness or resignation, in the acceptance of its use, against people who do not follow their religious code or transgress from it, and further that there maybe a collective expectation, that violence will eventually be used, against all those who do not willingly submit to the teachings of their Prophet.

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