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I hate Islam, but love Muslims

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Nov 3, 2017 at 18:07

HI, Sadeeeq

I have worked with Muslims, in Chemical Research; and I found them to be friendly, level-headed people. They were Egyptians and Turks. My daughter also has been close friends with a Chinese-Turkish family for years. My stereotyping comments about Turks and Muslims, therefore, have their limits.

Someone has said, that we need to distinguish not between "Islam" and "Islamism", as Daniel Pipes insists we should; but between "Islam" and "Muslims" -- the difference being, that there are millions of decent Muslims who do not follow the doctrines of Islam. Oh, they pray five times a day, and do the nominal observances; but they don't even know about Muhammed's commands to abase Christians, kill Jews and conquer the world.

You, on the other hand, ought to know about those commands. Are you a "good Muslim", who obeys them? Or a "bad Muslim" like the friendly people I have known over the years?

Islamic history is full of dictators who hated each other and overthrew each other. -- but while those dictators ruled, they often had fanatical support from their people, as Erdogan has today. There seems to be testosterone spraying all over Turkey nowadays; but it is clearly on the side of the "Sultan." That's what underlaid my previous, sarcastic post. You are correct, that there may be many Turks who oppose Erdogan; and that most of them lack the testosterone to stand up to him.

I have read Qur'an, twice. It calls for overthrowing the world by force, in the name of Allah; it calls for humiliating and/or killing practicers of all other religions; and it calls for extreme punishments, such as severing limbs for property crimes, which are contrary to the Law of Moses. It calls for deception and military tactical thinking, in dealing with non-Muslims who are too powerful to defeat. It is "represented", to quote your own words, by Palestinian terrorists, ISIS and Al Qaeda, with all their butchery; so it is not just a theory, or an allegory: It is a manifesto of continual struggle against the civilized world.

I imagine that you can guess, that I am against Islam, and forever will be. As a Christian, however, to quote the apostle Paul, the weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but powerful: I do not attack people, but ideas, wicked ideas, ideas authored ...to enslave and kill men, ideas like Qur'an. Therefore I do not war against people: I hate Islam, but love Muslims. You would do well, if you did the same.


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The Turks actually disapprove of everyone, except themselves [100 words]Michael SOct 12, 2017 03:56241054
Turkey is moving into Idlib, de facto allied with the jihadists it is purportedly fighting [6 words]Michael SOct 11, 2017 06:06241051
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