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You are all ignorant!

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Submitted by Shareef Muhammad (United States), Jan 31, 2006 at 05:10

The internet is the ideal place for pseudointellectuals and self-styled pundits to voice their opinions without reading even the basic material. I did not address my response to anyone in particular because almost all of you fit this description. Labelling Muhammad as exceptionally violent for his time is just outright ridiculous. Exceptionally violent compared to who? Who was he more violent than in the seventh century? This strikes me as cavil and dare I say dishonest to suggest that a time in which, better yet a circumstance in which he suffered persecution that his decision to defend himself is exceptionally violent.

Are you all saying that a head of state is justified by any standard during any time to use force to deter an outside attack? The Meccans who attacked Muhammad were certainly more imminently a threat than Iraq was to the U.S. If Muhammad did not excersise violence in defense of his state you all would be accusing him of being impractical. But because he did he is labelled violent. This is a double-standard. But oh the hypocracy does not end there. Why don't any of you ever accuse the Meccans to Muhammad fought against of being violent, mysoginistic, jigoistic and oppressive? Those of you on this site can choose to believe... skewed portrait of Islam. You can choose to believe Santa Claus for that matter but you will be in error.
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