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OH, WHAT THE HECK.....

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Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Oct 27, 2007 at 19:14

Oh, what the heck, I've not read Heck's book but I'll comment on some of the criticisms made of it. Please be advised that I am not only a non-Muslim but I am adamantly anti-religion to the core, a life-long Atheist uninclined to defend any form of religious extremism or the errant idiocy of fundamentalist Muslim "scholars" in particular.

My comments: 1) Having perused both the Koran and various editions of the Holy Bible, including the Old Testament, I don't think that Heck's viewpoint that the Koran is no more bellicose than the Old Testament is that far off the mark. Yes, the Koran exhorts its readers toward holy jihad against "infidels" and non-believers but the Old Testament is itself filled with gruesome, sadistic stories of incredible perversion; a book literally filled with tales of miserable people doing horrible things. To use it as a guide toward living is abominable.

2) Islam's differences with Judaism and Christianity probably are limited, given the fact that Christianity was largely a plagiarized version of Judaism and Islam is a largely plagiarized version of Christianity. One would have to expect considerable similarities.

3) We have a long history of creating our own monsters, as was the case with Saddam Hussein, who was courted by several successive American administrations. And it was Anglo-American meddling that sanctioned the infamous land grab of an Arab state (Palestine) and its conversion to a Jewish state (Israel). To that degree we have, in fact, created much of the conflict in the Middle East.

4) I don't know much about the Muslim Brethren but it is pretty well documented that we curried favor with Osama bin-Laden and financed his war efforts against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s, thereby creating al Queda.

5) Considering the fact that Islam is completely incompatible with our own concepts of freedom and democracy it is not at all unreasonable to conclude that a theocracy is the appropriate government for Islamic societies.


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Look, it's just not that hard to understand. [65 words]stuart teichOct 28, 2007 20:11112534
Monkey hear, monkey say [267 words]jennifer solisOct 28, 2007 19:39112532
Differences between Islam and other two Abrahamic religions. [142 words]Janusz KowalikOct 28, 2007 13:46112513
The TEACHINGS of the Qur'an and Old Testament, New Testament are NOT COMPARABLE [53 words]jennifer solisDec 16, 2007 16:51112513
You are a Wise Woman [37 words]YnnatchkahDec 17, 2007 01:59112513
It takes one to know one [77 words]jennifer solisDec 18, 2007 16:26112513
1Always Out of Context. [70 words]Muslim ConvertJul 26, 2009 14:28112513
1Islam is the only true religion ... [79 words]Mërvenir Harris ÖzdemirMar 19, 2012 11:30112513
Your blind faith makes me sad [7 words]PrashantMar 23, 2012 00:53112513
a thinking woman's thoughts [482 words]Rebecca MouldsOct 28, 2007 12:23112509
Down the same path [22 words]David W. LincolnOct 28, 2007 04:46112489
OH, WHAT THE HECK..... [328 words]DANIEL REDMONDOct 27, 2007 19:14112451
Economics... [146 words]YnnatchkahOct 2, 2007 16:08110134
Has Heck Converted To Islam?? [180 words]Nancy DrewOct 1, 2007 08:07110032
Delusional Heck!!! [17 words]JaladhiSep 25, 2007 15:40109657
How can this guy not be in the Administration? [103 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Charles MartelSep 25, 2007 10:04109635
RE: How can he not be in the Administration? [26 words]JohnasOct 17, 2008 02:39109635
The Saudis have deep pockets [61 words]dhimmi no moreSep 25, 2007 07:26109632
My suspicion [52 words]VijaySep 25, 2007 02:53109620
Gene W. Heck: Another well paid liar who knows where to place the Sod! [94 words]James BurkeSep 25, 2007 18:36109620

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