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Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle
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Submitted by Robert (United States), Aug 25, 2010 at 14:06

I think the basic differences between Islam and Christianity are that Christianity had to go through the Enlightenment and had to moderate itself in order to survive in a secular society prohibited by the Constitution from establishing a government religion. The brutal forms of altruism in Islam were not expunged from the religion because Islam never had to survive in a free society with secular laws. This is why this issue is becoming so important today. The brutality of Islam must be exposed and argued about from the perspective of a free society and individual rights and a republican form of government. If Islam wants to survive, we must tell them in no uncertain terms that they must accommodate themselves to our system of government, to the separation of church and state and that Sharia law will never be allowed in this country...period. If they don't like this, then they will forever be resisted by free people in this society. The more debate about this issue that we have, the more we secure the right of all people to think as they will without the imposition of ideas based on faith, supernaturalism and force the more we will secure our liberties and make the victory of tyranny impossible. What a shock that the left doesn't get this...

Yet, we must realize that the basic premise that Islam shares with all other forms of religion is altruism. This morality demands the sacrifice of more than "material" possessions. It demands that men give up their minds, their thinking faculties. This is the crime that accounts for the utter ignorance and brutality of so many who practice Islam. Altruism negates the human mind in the name of "the good". When a group of people give up their minds to faith all they have left is brute muscle.

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