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Agree that Islam can never be democratic

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Submitted by Charlie M. (United States), Feb 7, 2011 at 22:48

I don't believe it will ever be possible to have a Muslim controlled democratic government. The cry of "Let my people go," is contradictory to Islamic ways of thinking about the world. Muslims contributed to the world's largest African slave trade, and slavery has never been outlawed by the Koran. Almost the contrary, their religion accepts permanent dhimmitude of non-Muslims that requires they pay extra taxes to remain alive. A form of slavery.

Islamic laws have never expressed any of the Rights of Man that the Western mind takes for granted. No free thought, no free press, no free speech, no independent courts not controlled by religious institutions, no man-made laws at all. Even Egypt's Interior Minister recently advocated burning any Israeli books should he see them!

Assimilation of Muslims in democratic society seems to backfire. Even Islam's best and brightest who become students at our finest universities only force the schools to assimilate to their concepts, i.e. . And we continue to hear about Western-born and educated professional Muslims who "turn" on the democracies that gave them freedom. Remember UC Irvine's Muslim students blocking free speech on campus? Or the many other university disruptions to free speech.

The problem is ours: we don't recognize the differences between politics and culture. Political systems are built on top of the infrastructure of the culture. Politics can change over decades, but the culture that creates it is built over many centuries. For example, despite sharing borders with a leading democracy, Israel, and seeing its population's freedoms and successes first hand and up close, Jordanians have never rebelled against their monarchy; Syrians against their autoracies; or Egypt under dictators.

Even Gazans don't protest for more of Israeli-style democracy or freedoms - they openly advocate its destruction and the people agree. By our logic, any tunnels that Gazans build should be to help their oppressed people escape into Israel. Instead they smuggle weapons to destroy its democracy. The chance of Islamic followers creating a democracy are 0%, and the facts are so close their hard to comprehend, IMO.

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