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I think there is an element of Islam that WANTS and NEEDs war.

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Submitted by Lynn (United States), Aug 19, 2010 at 08:38

Once war starts havoc begins. Even if it is a gamble to Islam of whether it triumphs or not, it is worth it because setting a tone for discussion allows more people to learn about Islam, it's prophet Mohammad and it's Allah and then Islam takes a mighty chance that it will prevail in the minds of people. I think even Mohammad knew that, and therefore spoke that once the Koran was written it would be forbidden to question because it might cause trouble and people would leave Islam. When people are given a chance to think, question, and decide without fear of the sword, they will be free to decide their own destiny and decide if the life Mohammad led and the words he spoke, speak to their heart and to their soul or if they reject the life he led and the words he spoke. Also since Mohammad spoke for Allah, giving people time to think about the nature of Allah gives people time to decide if Mohammad spoke the true words of the Creator or if if the yoke of his demands are too heavy for their souls to bear.

It seems to me that people have heard many interpretations of Islam spoken by those who say they are an an authority, yet, in my opinion to know Islam would be to know the source of it's teachings, and that would be the words of Mohammad and the example he set by his life. That would only be the true KNOWING, the rest is smoke and mirrors. I also think there is an element of Islam that needs Islamaphobia, and that is the fear to question, to criticize, to understand.

I understand the jolt of awakening when violence occurs as on September 11th, and I understand the jolt of awakening when someone like Geert Wilders suggest a halt to Islamic immigration because it is happening so fast before a people have time to absorb the drastic changes, but also the opportunity to discuss Islam and the West that this website provides is invaluable. Islam should and must face the same criticism that all belief systems must face. Islam can't avoid it any longer, and we can't afford to gloss over what it teaches and what it's goal is. Also we should not just take the word of Dr. Pipes, but we should seek our own knowledge and understanding, research for ourselves, make our own discoveries so that we are not under the authority of another person without question. This gets us in trouble time and time again.

Freedom to scrutinize, freedom to criticize, and freedom to decide is something we must not give up until the only thing we have left is a violent reaction in defense against an attack. Our soldiers have done and are doing a fine service to this country as they have so many times in the past, but there are also other methods to use in the fight against freedom through terror. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my thoughts.

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