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Submitted by Kevin Graham (Brazil), Dec 3, 2005 at 08:09

== Fads don't last and grow over 1400 years in the process adding countless followers. Fads are usually short lived.

Yes, but I never said Islam grew through a fad throughout its history. The relativelty FEW converts that come to Islam in America is primarily a fad. The huge numbers of Muslims in the world is demonstrably due to massive breeding. Do you deny the established fact that Muslim countries generally reproduce at 2-6 times the average?

== I feel happy to learn you know a lot of converts, Alhamdulillah. If they have truly believed in the message then Inshallah they will live as Muslims and die as Muslims, they'll prove your Fad theory wrong.

You obviously don't know what my "fad theory" is. You're beating a straw man.

== Seeing that you certainly are not a Muslim and by your logic of being born into a religion to understand it; do I assume you are an Atheist? If not would you care to enlighten me about your religious persuasion and explain the nonsensical parts of the scriptures you follow?

This is a typical apologetic diversion. An attempt you avoid the fallacy of your own scripture by focusing attention on others.

== I know it is hard for you to swallow that Islam offers mercy and forgiveness for the so called convicts if they truly repent.

After chopping of limbs you mean? I know what your sharia law states, so stop fooling yourself.

== Islam offers the forsaken hope, that is hard to understand right?

Bald assertion does not a religion make. In theory you can come p with all sorts of modern crapola that feeds the gullible minds. But in practice we can actually test how "merciful" Islam is. What "hope" did Muhammed offer the Jewish tribe of Qurayza before massacring them and taking their women as sex slaves and baby factories?

== Islam shatters the racism and prejudices prevalent in today's society, that is hard to swallow right?

If it were true it would be easy to swallow. But in practice we see that Muslim dominant countries have Jews and Christians being either scarce or exitinct. Shaia law is anti-egalitarian, as any Islamic scholar would agree. It demands the social inequality of Jews and Christians (and even worse, pagans) when compared to Muslims.

== Not the richest, the fairest, not the strongest, not the most intelligent. Have these so called convict converts converted before their crimes or after?

The overwhelming majority of Islam represents the intellectually destitute. The impoverished and ignorant of today's global society. They fall back on Islam because they have no choice. Christianity and other religions are not permitted to be taught in Muslim dominated countires. Gee, what are they afraid of if Islam is so intellectually appealing? If it is so much better and obviously preferable over other faiths, then why shut down freedom of thought? Why is apostasy punishable by death in Islam?

== Once again I repeat; "There is no compulsion in religion".

You're taking your own scripture out of context, to which your own Muslim authorities would admit.

== Only stubborn people would fail to realise that force can never garner the support, love and spread of an ideology as major as Islam.

But once you force the parents to be Muslim their children accept it from childhood because there is no other alternative for them. Of course they will be devout. That is teh best way to create devout followers of any religion; make sure they are born into it.

== Are you trying to preach to me that prostitution, extra marital affairs, taking in mistresses is something encouraged & accepted in Catholic society?

The issue is not what bad exists in "society" but thanks for trying the trusty old red herring. The issue is what bad exists in religious law. There is no Catholic religious law condoning any of the bad that may or may not exist in secular socities. There is a clear Islamic religious law condoning the segregation of religions, the killing of apostates, the slaughter of non-Muslims, etc. Get rid of Sharia and I might start taking Islam seriouly. Until then it remans a primitive religion whose strength is grounded in the ignorance of its adherents. The only Muslims I respect are those with reformism in mind; which essentially makes their view of Isam different from Islam really is. In any other religion that person would not be considered a member of the fold. For example, polygamists in Colorado City call themselves Mormons, but they have been rejected by the official Mormon Church because the Church denounced polygamy more than a century ago. Reformers in Islam want to reform but have no basis for reform other than their need to conform to expectations of western societies. This is why they remain marginalized in Islam.

== If your hypothesis is true (about the multiplying Muslims in the USA), I feel proud!

What? That the majority of Muslims in America are native Middle-Easterners and Asians? Doesn't it strike you as odd that blue-eyed blonde haired Americans are not allowed to preach Christianity in ANY Muslim country, yet you guys can flood to our country at roecord numbers and try to breed us out? Yet, you're of the delusion that Islam is more tolerant and encourages freedom of thought? The facts speak much louder than your empty assertions.

== Inshallah, in the next couple of generations Muslims would be the majority religion there.

Through breeding right? Is that a respectable way to establish a religion?

== Isn't it easier to produce 10 Muslim children, feed them, take care of them, educate them (I know you think we're uneducated) than to convert one blonde hair blue eyed Kafir?

Apparently so. Doesn't that speak volumes about the lack of intellectual attraction to the faith? And you must be fooling yourself if you think Islam feeds its poor. Are the Sudanese and Ethioppians being fed by the Islamic system? Look at the genocides in Sudan and Rwanda... where is the Muslim outcry? Oh, that is reserved for the relatively few Palestinians... why? Because it involves those "monkey-pig" Jews.

== Of course convicts (should that be read as African Americans and/or Hispanics in your language?) are useless; anyone with dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes is useless; you don't need such members in your faith, right?

Start race-baiting since that is the only direction you're left with. There are drak haired people in all religions. My point, as it should have been obvious by now, is that Islam is primarily a native religion.

== You would love for these people to convert to Islam, right? I welcome them to the Muslim Ummah if they believe in the message.

They convert in Prison because it is just nother group that offers protection. But we all know exactly how virtuous the Nation of Islam is don't we. Muhammed Ali was just a shining example of morality huh? Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson too. We saw what happened with "free thought" in that brand of Islam with Malcom X.

== Well, the Christian missionaries (catholic faith?) think it's fine to pay (bribe) the tribals and uneducated in India to convert to Christianity! Is that fine with you?

Let's see... pay a tithe to join a faith or pay an outrageous tax for NOT joining a faith....? which is most preferable?
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