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Apostacy = Fear of other ideologies

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Submitted by Mendy (United States), Sep 5, 2007 at 13:10

Which religion has to use the fear of death in the form of apostacy laws to keep its followers from questioning Islam? Why are Muslim authorities always so afraid of followers engaging in free thought and doubt? Why have they been book burning and violently murdering converts for so long? I must admit Muhammad was very smart in creating this system where he ensured Islam's long term resistance to the challenges that would undoubtedly arise with the eventual advent of free thought... Why dont Muslims take a clue from G-d? If there is a G-d, surely he has not forced himself onto us. He seems to desire followers seek him by their own will or he would reveal himself and reign in terror and have complete submission in a mere moment... Islam is by far the most intolerant ideology I have encountered and I have lived under Muslim rule so am not speaking from second hand accounts...

Also, I have read the Quran, and the truth did not "jump out at me." Can you tell me one good thing that is in the Quran that is not in the Christian bible? Any Muslim would see this if they read the bible which is why it is not allowed. The Christian virtues are so powerful and in such a balance, that each one on its own can easily become perverted and form its own religion. Islam has embraced some of the virtues and mixed the formula with the poisonous and delicious ecstasy of battle as a counter to other behavioral sacrifices, a certain humility combined with a delight in self-holiness, a certain disdain for the kafir balanced by a love for the umma community, withdrawal from communal exposure to the beauty of many while fully dominating the females under your jurisdiction... Ramadan is a great symbol, the self-control embraced all day, bursts into an explosion of self-congratulatory indulgence each night

Christianity had already survived hundreds of heresies, persecutions and cultural/political challenges long before Islam even consisted of a large desert caravan... It has now endured thousands of years and some might say the core itself is being strengthened as the weak/uncommitted/disbelieving etc. have all had the opportunity to leave... If anyone is still a Christian (which still outnumbers Islam), it is by their own free will and choice, which is more than any Muslim can ever say of their followers

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