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in response to reader comment: our dear convert just discovered Syriac part trois and this time his diatribes

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Feb 28, 2009 at 22:06

Jeith Williams writes:

" ........If I prove you wrong then I want a written apology from you for calling me a liar"

In this case I think Dhimmi has got it wrong - and you are more likely to be who you have said you were - an African-American Muslim convert employed by the Armed Services of the United States.
Why he came to that conclusion is debateable and only he know. But perhaps he saw the same reasoning from you as he did from more fanatical Muslims from Pakistan and made the assumption that you were also from Pakistan.

"... .....and I want you to own up to the fact that all of your comments against Islam are based on your prejudices and stereotypes on Islam "

Now that is drawing a long bow. Many of the ponts Dhmmi makes and has made are also made by other people. They are not invalid points. Many of the points have yet to be satisfactorlly defended by those who believe them.

".......and apologize to all the Muslims that you have offended ..."

It is their choice to be offended or not - you should know that. If it's not true then it would be water off a duck's back wouldn't it? Only ego gets offended especially the more subtle sanctimonious and pious egos.

".....and kiss the Qur'an ...."
Besides sounding like an otherwise meaningless ego-based requirement in a ritual demostrating an admission of defeat - that sounds like an extremely unhygienic practice. You should keep up with the latest on the AIDS virus before recommending the practice of spreading the disease by another possible contagion vector.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7907774.stm

".......and tell God that you are sorry for being such a jerk. "

God gave Dhimmi the insight and intellect to arrive at his own conclusions. Free speech and the consequential potential of copping criticism is part of being in a democrqacy. You should know that. This is the Muslim Magic Ring Syndrome in action.again.

"..........an Lastly, I want you to end your un-holy crusade against Islam and Muslims. You can target the criminals who try to use Islam for their agenda but you must stop your general bashing of Islam and all Muslims and get professional help for your Islamophobia. Deal?"

The trouble is that the criminals using Islam for their own agendas most often have an Islamic agenda. The people who cut off Western hostages heads do so in most cases not for money or material gain. The people blowing up schools (built and paid for by the tax payers in the non-Islamic countries -USA, UK , Europe, Canada and Australia) in Afghanistan are not doing so for financial gain. They are doing it based on their twisted reasoning which in turn is based on Islam. People who 'who try to use Islam for their agenda' - often have the motivation of getting to the fictional Islamic paradise. And the agenda can include 'protecting' Islam from imagined enemies for example people who strongly do not agree with the spread of islam outside of its current domain.

And , as has been pointed out many times - 'Islamophobia' is used by Muslims to infer that people who do not share their beliefs have something wrong with them. It should be 'Islamorealism' - and because it is a non-Muslim society that they are living in - Ithe onus is on Muslims to prove such things as following for example

that Muslim beliefs are not fantasies;
that there is not a hidden long term social/political agenda in the Western societies that they are ingratiating themselves into;
that they mean no harm to Jews. homosexuals, Hindu's, Buddhists and truly respect their views and opinions;
do not try to stifle the rights to freedom of speech in all matters inlcuding criticising islam
do not intend and would never intend to introduce repressive and primitve sharia law into their new societies at any time in the future should their numbers ever get to the extent that it was even possible t do so;
do not treat people who believe in Muslim fantasy as second class citizens etc etc

Perhaps once this is attained in the islamic world and it can be seen to be operating so that all its citizens are allowed freedom and shown justice and have access to good education, a good social security system etc etc - then Muslims would have a case.

I fear it will be along wait.

Submitting....

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