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Submitted by Novus Ordo Secular (United States), Apr 13, 2008 at 03:40

Dear "proud American Bengali Muslim",

You(or any other) would always find flaws with something you are predisposed to reject (hinduism, buddhism, christianity), and merits in what you subconciously or through upbringing want to accept (islam).

Hindu idols are a tangible manifestation of thought (in the same way muslims sybolize and rever the cresent and the star and christians, the cross). They allow an outlet for gratitude to the devine and anger towards the same. Confession in christianity, admit or not, releaves the sinner of the burden of guilt and gives him/her hope and confidance to live a rectified life. Buddhism indeed is difficult to understand as is integral calculus. One has to go step by step and it takes long years to get the concepts, which I'm sure you did not devote. I'm sure islam would also have its share of subtle customs.

Religion on the whole was an invention of man, to understand nature, and establish order in a unruly peoples that was based on individual thoughts of learned men (Mohammad, Christ, Budh etc... may peace be upon them). Had Mohammad(may peace be upon him) known thermodynamis, calculus, theory of evolution, quantum and electromagnetic physics, chemistry etc. would he himself ratify all that is there in islam today? Would Buddha beleave in cycles of life and death when confronted with the theory of genetics? Their thought was constrained by what they knew. Same goes for almost every other religion.

The drawback of religion is that it is not standardized, that because it forbids reason. You jare just made to accept something. And what better way to make one accept something than prefess it as bieng the devine word!

But in the last few hundered years, humanity has developed a new way of understanding nature and establish order....Science and Common Law. I thank religion for establishing order in humanity which was paramount to the birth of scientific thought, but now, just like the horse made obsolete by the automobile, its time for it to go.

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