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Submitted by philip (United Kingdom), Mar 8, 2006 at 22:36

If only we could dimiss our Islamic brethern so cheaply. it is a historical fact that Islam alone preserved western culture, with their translations and preservations of greek philosophy, their contributions to astronomy medicine and mathematics etc in our period known as the dark ages. Also they did tolerate christians and jews as long as they paid their taxes in their territories. This is the year 1384AH..think what the catholic church was doing to people at that time in our Christian calendar.

My only problems with Islam are..lack of free will, unwillingness to accept interpretation of the Qu'ran, cruel and unusual punishments for blasphemy and adultery, and appalling dress sense..I mean veiling for women is one thing..but the men! turbans and robes are so uncool!
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