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in response to reader comment: SAUDI PRINCE TURKI MUST FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD, NOT HIS GRAND MUFTI OR RADICAL PATISTINIANS.

Submitted by CanadianChris (Canada), Feb 11, 2009 at 14:41

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"I have checked the References of the Verses in Holy Quran referred by Mr. Alec but I did not find it in the Holy Quran. Even I find it, you can NEVER interprete Holy with such context. Holy Quran must be understood from the Total Perspective of Holy Quran."

To paraphrase Mark Twain, "It ain't those parts of the Bible(Quran) that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."

"As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose." — Bhagavad Gita (circa 250BCE), The Lord's Song.
In this lies the potential path of violence which has seeds in any religion. Currently we are seeing a majority of violence and terrorism from the Islamic world, but the tides could turn and radical or fundamental Christians could begin a new 'crusade' against Islam and we would witness blood like we have rarely seen in our history. As power is transferred to religion by the will of the people, corruption also grows. The principles of religion have the most power when those principles are not enforced, but when they are portrayed and emulated in the lives of followers. As religion gains power it becomes political and it is able to be used by forces with less than noble ideals. Politicized religion is defined by compromise to achieve even more power. Religion truly has the most positive effect when it is kept out of politics.

It is niavete to imagine that the answers to the world's problems lie with religion. Thinking and rational people must create a cohesive defense against the influence of religion in governing bodies of the world. Religion must be kept impotent with regards to how people are governed. A standardized and uncompromising declaration of human rights, that is strictly enforced on a global level, will be a road to a brighter future. Religion has historically been used to control and abuse people. This is true of the Christian as well as the Muslim faith. Religion must be kept at a personal level, and not be allowed to influence more than the morality of the elected officials, and even in this case, it is still a dangerous force. History has shown us that when religion is allowed to have power, that atrocities in the name of the divine also increase. We must learn this lesson or killing in the name of 'god' will continue. Respect for a religion does not need to translate into allowing human rights abuses to continue.

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