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Submitted by Arthur (United States), May 27, 2008 at 17:41

Oh, Luigi, Luigi, Luigi... I am afraid that you are at war with yourself here.

On the one hand you see Obama as something, I am not sure what, on the other hand you warn the Pakistanis that he is going to invade the Northwest Tribal areas and kick ass. Which is it?

Polygamy is not confined to Islam, nor to the LDS. One can debate whether it is to suppress women, or whether it is an act of madness, that many live to regret. From the marital histories of some devout Christians (David Vitter springs to mind, as does Newt Gingrich, as does... ) it would appear that many are not overly worried about the Wrath of God these days. Should they be? Or is society operating at such a distance from the word and spirit of God that one more transgression is not even worth keeping track of these days?

One rather gets that impression, doesn't one. One day recently I saw a bumper sticker that read "Love thy Enemy" and below it read, "I think when Jesus said that he meant that you shouldn't kill them". Ah, so there is the dilemma. Which part of a devout life is one to follow, which part is one that must be set aside in order to get something done? See, it's all a bit tricky.

As to former Muslims? Some are grand folks, others seem to have a bit of a cottage industry lecturing about the terrors of Islam. Nice enough work, but it does rather give them a dog in the fight, doesn't it? I mean, who is going to come to a lecture if the speaking is saying, "Really, there is not THAT much to worry about". And doctrinaire Sharia is not something I could approve of. Fortunately there is relatively little of the Islamic world that thinks it is attractive to them, either. What we need to be careful to do is keep learning more about Islam, learning more about what they really think, what the true demographics of their nations are, who believes in what and who doesn't.

Knowledge is a powerful tool. Some of our political figures are not much good at using such tools, because they are complete tools themselves. I'll just leave it at that.

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