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To Marc Hill : On an alternative division of sites on Islam

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 26, 2005 at 17:37

Dear Marc Hill , you wrote :

> I never knew there were so many anti-Muslim sites on the internet.

You have never expected such a villainy? I know , a government employee must abide by the strict guidelines from the ministry where diversity of opinions has hardly ever been welcome . It goes without saying that all politically heretical opinions are banned from these places .
I promise to convert to Islam if I learn one day that the British Prime Minister has deigned to peruse any of these numerous 'anti-Muslim sites' , has examined the facts on his own and has encouraged a free debate on them among his ministers .

How about more sophisticated (alternative) divisions of those sites :

e.g. those which provide realistic views on Islam and those that don't ?

Unfortunately enough, it turns out that all - or almost all - pro-Islamic sites belong to the second category whereas Daniel Pipes' site is prominently in the former. Have you ever marked how many details his articles contain and how well-documented and logical his conclusions are? True , some pro-Islamic (unrealistic Islamic) sites have a great deal of details but little -if any- logic and common sense. Whatever is the Quran "is" true. If most rudimentary logic , common sense and obvious facts contradict it blatantly they are cunningly played down and suppressed and the opponent led astray or if he persists in his opinion - is intimidated and denigrated or killed . This practice is hallowed by the so called prophet himself. Remember his "discussions" with the Jews of Yathrib?
You'll say I am wrong. I don't say I might not be. But think of this. For the sake of an experiment , quote the above to some of your Muslim friends saying that you have changed your mind and now find Islam to be .... let's say ... a mortal enemy of the Western civilization. You'll see the results I am talking about immediately, I am sure.

You write further :

> Soldiers always ask me questions that parallel the information that comes from these type of websites. I can only shrug my shoulders and tell them that I don't know why that type of information is written about Islam.

How about promoting some independent thinking and inquisitiveness among our troops ? Why not encourage them to study e.g. Daniel Pipes' site and discuss openly his articles without shrugging one's shoulders but concentrating on details and logic as overriding guidelines ? In view of what is at stake here it is so useful not only for a professional orientalist but for every responsible citizen and human being .
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