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Definition of 'Secular' & 'Acceptance' of Minorities in Muslim Countries

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Submitted by Robbie (United States), Nov 17, 2002 at 02:41

The word secular is used differently in the established democracies and in the Muslim countries.

In Muslim countries, after all non-Muslims have been marginalised, secular are those people who are reserved in their adoption of the Sharia and open killing of non-Muslims. But remember this: they adopt this 'secular' stand after the non-Muslims have been sidelined by Islamic laws and deliberate terror against them. Until then, they are active participants in the process against non-Muslims.

Some examples:

Pakistan: The Ahmadis who worship Allah but have differing everyday religious practices from regular Muslims are not recognized as Muslims. Christians have been relegated to the most menial jobs in society and their churches regularly bombed. Hindus are openly discriminated against. At the time of independence (1947) the population was 7to 10% non-muslims; today the number is less than 3%.

Bangladesh, Kosovo, Bosnia and Kuwait: All four of these countries owe their survival, and to a large degree their existence, to help and sacrifice made by non-Muslims and democratic countries. Bangladesh came into being when the 'secular' Muslims of Pakistan killed three million of their own citizens and Muslim Bangladeshis. It came into being with the help of a democratic and secular, India {mainly Hindu}.

Kuwait was liberated from 'secular' muslims of Iraq in 1991 when it was savagely attacked. Kosovo amd Bosnia were protected from the muderous Serbs. Here, too, a a democratic and secular country {USA - mainly Christian} came to the rescue.

In each case, however, each of these rescued and liberated countries has reverted to its original ways. The 'secular' Bangldeshis are on a 'pogrom' to cleanse their country of its Hindu minority; the 'secular' Kuwaiti citizens are actively involved in terror activities against the United States.

Lately, even the Saudis have found a benefit in referring to themselves as 'secular'. The Saudi society which was protected from Iraqi invasion by the US sent 15 of their citizens to kill 3000 US citizens! This land of the 'pure' is a society that does not recognize the death of a non-Muslim on its soil.

So the term 'secular' and the concept of acceptance of non-Muslims is just not the same as is found in the democracies of the world. We accept and are tolerant of other faiths, whereas many in the Muslim countries are paranoid and on a systemic campaign to convert, harass and even kill their non-Muslim citizens. Their 'secular' citizens are active participants in the miserable plight of non- Muslims amomgst them.
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