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the problems of islam and its reason for 'fast growth'

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in response to reader comment: PEOPLE CAUSE PROBLEMS NOT ISLAM

Submitted by matty_p (United States), Jul 16, 2006 at 00:10

with all respect and regard, islam is a religion of peace. however, it is a religion that needs great reform and the hand of wise, pro-active leadership.

islam is the fastest growing religion becuase the majority of its followers are third world citizens. these people, in direct correlation to the rest of the third world, are birthing the most children and raising them as muslims. in this nature, islam is the fastest growing religion because its birth rate is the highest..


but as regards to islam as a faith, its core doctrine as established by muhammed, it is a positive faith. another fact about islam is that it developed in a region of the world where the treatment of women was always restrictive. the culture of the middle east was also very much familiar to the rule of tyrants and a stark boundary between the rich and the impoverished. if you examine the arabic culture, the semitic culture that preceeded it, and the later influence of turkic migrants from the central asia, you can see that women in those cultures were regarded, as was the case in the west's past, as being subordinate to men. the fact that these cultures have not advanced beyond this is not the fault of islam, but rather the lingerings of the cultures that were converted to islam.

please note that i am a catholic and that my feelings on islam are very positive. it is a faith of peace, equality, and justice. a faith that when given the same economic benefit of t the west, education, and secular legistlation, can be a wonderfully moderate and civil body. do not blame islam, blame the british empire which fostered the rule of tyrants in the middle east throughout its colonial empire and the USA for propogating the same treatment of the middle east as it sought to satisfy its oil needs, both past and present. the situation in the middle east is the way it is today because of British, and later American, interests that allowed the economic stagnation and suffering of the arab people. Don't listen to the media as it blames China, Russia, and India for the current problems. Yes, China and India need oil, but it is not their fault that terror is funded by oil money. And note, it is the USA that is the largest consumer of oil.

Don't blame Russia for making deals with so-called rogue states. They want to make money and they are the only ones willing to deal with these nations while the USA and its string of fools ignore their needs. America only has its interests at heart. THis is sad, because the world is no longer made up of isolated nations, but rather, a large interconnected group of nations and economic concerns. For America to continue its act as the sole superpower is both naive and dangerous for the entire world.

i despise two things; the narrow-minded view of fanatics and the narrow-minded view of ignorants. Sadly, both of which are never far separated.

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