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Sorry to say, but Islam -- all of Islam -- is beyond redemption

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Submitted by Dr RJP (United States), Mar 14, 2006 at 22:36

"Radical" Islam is the real Islam. Moderate Islam is essentially an oxymoron. For the Muslims who really are peaceful and loving of their neighbors, the path that they are following is very close to Judaism and Christianity, and very unlike Islam.

In the beginning, Islam was an outgrowth of Judiasm first, and Christianity, second. As long as Islam was expressed within the parameters of these two religions, then Islam truly was a religion of peace. But, then, Islam took a turn towards evil instead of away from it.

Why? Because Islam became redundant. It could not offer anything to Jews and Christians that they did not already have, spiritually-speaking. Therefore, since Islam could not spiritually compete with these religions, it could become appealing in the most materialistic way possible.

As the saying goes, "Crime does pay," and raiding the caravans of others helped to promote both the religion and the number of converts. In Radical Islam, you really could have your cake (and your neighbor's cake) and eat it, too. Islam grew in converts precisely becaused it appealed to their basest instincts...and it still does.

In a very real way, the "Seven Deadly Sins" of Christianity became the Seven Attractive Virtues of Radical Islam. After being rejected by both Jews and Christians whose religion was perfectly fine as it was, Islam turned towards those who would never fit in to Judiasm and Christianity. Islam reached out to the evil in their hearts and minds and made the expression of it not only socially acceptable, but praiseworthy.

In Judiasm and Christianity, the commandment for dealing with nonbelievers is "Love thy neighbor."

In Islam, the commandment for dealing with nonbelievers is "Kill thy neighbor."

In Judiasm and Christianity, the keystone is developing a loving relationship with G-d.

In Islam, the keystone is developing a loathing of infidels and a love for oneself.

Again, I repeat that all of the nonviolent elements on Islam can find parallels in Judiasm and Christianity. As for the violent elements, Judiasm and Christianity have no parallels.

So, in the end, it is not surprising that people like Taheri-azar, with a pent-up hatred inside of them, would find an expression for it in Radical Islam. People like Taheri-azar are far, far from being "normal," and they will "appear normal" to normal people...but not those psychologically aware.
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