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Muslims are not evil.

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Submitted by Lee (United States), Dec 28, 2008 at 18:56

This was a very well written and informative article. It's so depressing to realize even in this age slavery exists. However, I do have an issue with the title and the message you are attempting to get accross.

Muslim and slavery do not go together. Slavery has always been a widespread practice accepted in many cultural communities. I realize that many Muslim countries have issues with slavery, though many of them have outlawed it anyways. Yet it remains difficult to prosecute because many of the victims ARE better off (such as in the case of Shyima). I'm not defending the practice- it's evil. The Muslim immigrants I'm familiar with abhor the practice, so it clearly is not as universal as opponents to Islam like to pretend. Take a look at your charitable, benevolent Christian American history: slavery was practiced up until the mid-1800's and defended by the Bible.

Let's quit pretending we can blame all the evils of the world on Islam. Muslim fundamentalism is evil not universal. It's also relatively new, while Catholics and Protestants were busy burning eachother at the stake (not to mention everyone who dared to be so bold as to not be Christian at all or simply questioned the Churches' teachings), people of various religions in Muslim countries got along great.

Also, slavery is practiced in Christian countries by Christians. It is sometimes practiced by caucasian Americans. There have been issues with women from Russia and Mexico being traffiked into the US to be slaves, often of a more vulgar nature. Seriously, it's not a Muslim problem, it's world wide.

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