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Faith and Force are inseperable

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Submitted by Ralph C Whaley MD (United States), Jul 8, 2006 at 13:49

History demonstrates that Islam is a religion of violence. The cause of that fact is the embrace of Faith, a belief in the absence of evidence or in cotroversion of evidence. Since the essence of all religion, as agreed by all its serious proponents and advocates is Faith, ultimate appeal to force in its propagation is a uniform aspect of all religions when its advocates take their ideas seriously and are confronted with non-belivers in "The True Faith" as prescribed by those who represent themselves to be the worldly representatives of the mystical power that is the source of their Faith. When humans interact they have only two means in fundamental terms, persuasion or force. Persuasion requires reason, facts, logic making a case with respect for the faculty of reason of the individuals being addressed. Humans who choose reason and persuasion who disagree after their most persuasive arguments have failed to persuade, leave each other alone and go their separate ways in peace. Faith rejects reason, facts, logic and demands acceptance on pain of force, the sword, the knife, the gun or the bomb.

The recent conflicts in Ireland between the Catholics and the Protestants, the slaughter in the former Yugoslavia of Christians by Muslims and Muslims by Christians, the war between Tamils and Buddhists in Sri Lanka and yes the wars between the Muslims and the Christians of the Crusades show history demonstrating the unavoidable end of serious men of Faith. The proper response of free men of reason to those who initiate force against them, is to respond with force, the only way to deal with them. War is a violent conflict between nations.

When a nation of individual rights is attacked without provication by an act of initiation of force by another nation whether Muslim, Christian, any form of religious government or an atheistic nation the moral and only practical response is overwhelming force of self defense that destroys the ability and more importantly the will of the agressor to wage war. In the present America has not mustered the moral confidence in our righteousness to wage such war against the Nations threatening our survival. Understanding these facts is the prerequisite for an effective defense and preservation of America the first and only nation in man's history founded on a moral principle, Individual Rights.

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