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Islam needs to limit freedom

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Submitted by Chet Limbright (United States), Apr 14, 2009 at 13:12

Answer to Murat

Only someone from an Islamic nation would claim that freedom should have limits on it. Murat freedom by its very nature should not have any limits. Religious freedom more than political freedom falls into this category. I come from a country that values the individual's religious rights for all its citizens, but we are a country that also espouses Judeo-Christian ethic and values, as does almost everyone in the west to one degree or another. Particularly in the area of religious ideas you cannot limit freedom. We know that all of the 1.2 billion Muslims have submitted themselves to the God Allah in a slave and master relationship, the word Islam means submission, and your daily prostrations prove this is your relationship with your God Allah. We also know that the act of leaving your religion (apostasy) universally in the Muslim world carries the penalty of death. True freedom is not something found in Islam!

As an American I do not care if my neighbor worships a goldfish as a deity as he is allowed religious freedom to choose his path through life in any manner he sees fit. The only limitation on his choices is that he respects my freedom and religious rights in the pursuing of his religion. We have not seen any measurable conflicts over religion in our country. Look at the Saudi government's need for religious police to enforce their Islamic religion and suppress freedom 'Real Freedom'.

One would think that Saudi Arabia would be the top example of how a Muslim nation is run. Religious freedom in Saudi Arabia is non-existent. Saudi Arabia only in 1962 ended slavery. We also know that Saudi Arabia monitors the incoming and outgoing of information over the Internet because they fear what would happen if the Saudi citizens were exposed to free thinking people from other cultures with new and different Ideas, particularly ideas about both religion and true freedom.

The problem with Muslims is that you feel your religious values and ideals are more sacred than anyone else's. As to insulting your Prophet you must remember your Prophet claims to have founded Islam as an extension or continuation of both Christianity and Judaism. Any believing Christian or Jew thinks that Mohammed was the false prophet; Christians think the God in the book of revelations cast Prophet Mohammed into the lake of fire. Yes America can see the value of a secular Turkey and no value in an Islamist run Turkey.

Today the modern world including Asia sees Islam as a larger treat to humanity than communism ever was. Muslims are the number one outside threat to India, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and the vast majority of the modern world, "emphasis on Modern". Islam is a threat to free and open societies.

Chet Limbright

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