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the secular problems with islamic institutions

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 10, 2016 at 23:24

Phrashant, outspoken atheists argue your points for any major religion as a matter of principle inherent to religion.

What makes islam different from other religions from an entirely secular perspective? Let me make a couple of points that do make a difference:

Islamic institutions such as mosques promote and cultivate the use of Arabic not only as the language of their religion but also as conversational language. In a country built on immigration this is certainly a divisive practice.

Many islamic institutions receive funding and seek contact with groups or countries that are openly and actively hostile to the West and the US in particular.

Islamic institutions exercise gender separation. Islamic institutions press for privileges in secular terms for their adherents such as halal foods and the like. Again divisive.

Islamic morals as expressed and applied against secular Western freedoms in the West have seriously restricted the actual use of our freedom of speech here and now.

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