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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Feb 15, 2015 at 13:19

We have a dark American past which we have essentially overcome, even if we haven't achieved perfection, a state not for this world.

It used to be that even after one's ancestors were freed out of bondage through our extreme bloody Civil War (Rifles were perfected in our roles in the 19th century Industrial Revolution), both the South, as well as the North, succeeded in producing a second-class citizenship status based solely on the color of the skin into which one was born, a condition which one couldn't change merely by stepping out of the Sun.

Religion, however, is another matter. One can change one's religion - at least in the United States, not on the pain of death. Furthermore, one can change a religion from the inside - as in the case of the Protestant Reformations, when Christian Churches were established outside the realm of the roman Pontificate.

Accordingly, one can and should be critical of Islam (not that I do not write "ISlamism"). Non-violent opposition, and even positions below the level of respect, are not inconsistent with our unfortunate experience and endurance of Racism. One cannot choose one's biological heritage. But one can choose, and reject, one's cultural heritage, including one religion, or religious practices.

Accordingly, Islam, which practices beheading in Saudi Arabia, while Europe has abandoned Capital Punishment, and the United States has instituted Leathal Injection in some jurisdiction, is not entitled to respect. Muslims, as such, needn't be invited to the White House; rather Islam should be encouraged and enticed to clean up its own house, or convert to a truly religion of Peace, like the one which deifies the non-violent Jesus, as opposed to the great conquering warrior of the 7th century, Muhammad, may he rest in peace.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1The Best That Can Be Said About Anyone Obama Associates With. [108 words]yonasonMar 22, 2015 21:59222460
1"Of the 14 leaders attending the meetings, at least three represented groups that were founded by or tied to the Muslim Brotherhood." [78 words]LudvikusFeb 28, 2015 21:44222013
Obama Objects to Israel's Prime Minister's Concerns regarding a Nuclear Iran [223 words]Jules PostenFeb 21, 2015 14:43221874
1# 15 - Salam Al-Marayati, Founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), attends White House Summit [53 words]LudvikusFeb 18, 2015 09:38221158
2"Pelosi appoints a race-baiting Muslim to a national security committee" [84 words]LudvikusFeb 15, 2015 18:31221089
1Racism's Legacy [293 words]LudvikusFeb 15, 2015 13:19221084
Not what we'd expected [85 words]DoraminFeb 14, 2015 11:15221065
Here is one Muslim I think Obama should meet [69 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
JD WillFeb 12, 2015 21:18221033
Two Terms of What Accomplishments? [86 words]Jules PostenFeb 12, 2015 13:27221021
The "leader" [18 words]sylvia duncanFeb 11, 2015 17:11221010
1A certain Bilqis is a Muslim leader? Masha'llah [245 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 11, 2015 09:30221003
One More Thing [36 words]Barry BlackFeb 11, 2015 09:24221000
grudges [112 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahMar 9, 2015 23:36221000
There's An Old Saying [27 words]Barry BlackFeb 11, 2015 09:17220999
2Maybe all is not revealed [101 words]SunshineFeb 10, 2015 22:25220982
Shariff [52 words]Jerry WeissmanFeb 10, 2015 19:10220978
5Why in the World would Obama do that ? Shame shame ,shame.. [154 words]Michael Hanni MorcosFeb 10, 2015 17:52220977
Obama leveraging CAIR to suit his own requirments [43 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
rodney allsworthFeb 10, 2015 17:49220976
4Enough said about Obama [54 words]Susan KFeb 10, 2015 17:34220975
3Obama's Own Stealth Jihad [58 words]Edward ClineFeb 10, 2015 17:17220974
1Birds of a feather [58 words]David W. LincolnFeb 10, 2015 14:56220972

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