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REFORMING ISLAM

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Submitted by Daniel Redmond (United States), Sep 10, 2006 at 07:54

I must agree with the assessment of Mr. Ali Sina of FaithFreedom.org that Islam itself can never be 'reformed' or transformed into a humane religion. It's own holy book, the Qu'ran, leaves no room for such benign influences. Mr. Sina makes the striking analogy that trying to reform Islam is akin to trying to reform Nazism, for both are rotten to the core. He concludes that "Islam is sheer evil."

Given the barbarous nature of Islamic societies, I believe the evidence to support his opinion is very clear. Thousands of women have been stoned to death in Iran since the Iranian revolution of 1979, mostly for the petty crime of prostitution. A woman's word in a court of law under Sharia, the Islamic civil code, is literally worth only half that of a man's word. People are publicly flogged for petty offences like tasking alcohol or breaking the fast of Ramadan. [One 14 year old boy in Iran who broke the fast died of his 74 lashes.] A dozen school girls in Saudi Arabia died in a fire when they tried to flee the burning building and the Saudi religious police beat them with batons back into the building for not wearing their veils. In Iran, where girls as young as nine have been executed, if a young girl or woman thought to be a virgin is sentenced to execution a prison guard will be assigned the task of raping her the night before she is killed. This is to ensure punishment in the afterlife, for as a virgin she may have entered "Paradise" upon her death. Can there be any doubt ...?

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