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Why Islam Is Dangerous

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jun 21, 2015 at 09:28

The history of mankind's social development has involved hard lessons about what works and what doesn't. At some point, exasperation with tribal bloodshed taught people that forebearance helps to keep the peace. That practical viewpoint is reflected in some religions through the concept of a sacred humanity. A good example is Genesis 1:26-7, which states that the Lord created Man "in His own image", a passage that was often used by abolitionists to point up slavery's inhumanity. Then there's Buddhism's concept of compassion for all life. Even the extreme "love thy neighbor as thyself" was probably just an attempt to get people to stop killing each other.

Unfortunately, Islam is strictly an us versus them religion. It denigrates unbelievers constantly and explicitly calls for their killing or subjugation. That is why its most faithful adherents are often so violent. Islam appeals to the primitive, tribal instinct and can turn apparently normal people into dangerous beasts in human form.

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