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Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Sep 19, 2006 at 13:46

I'm wondering if the followers of Islam have a sense of humour? Or are an X number always outraged and angry? Does anyone see the almost laughable -- the supreme irony -- in the headline from the "RedState blog"?) Isn't there something almost amusing about observing the behavior of hypocrites? (since there is the element of violence and innocent people getting hurt, this isn't entirely a "ha-ha" issue.)

But, there is something else -- aside from Sharia law and not allowing infidels to critique Islam -- *why* do Muslims get so infuriated? What psychological processes are operating here? I don't clearly understand what's going on inside their heads...

Is there a different sense of what it means to be "religious"? I once thought that the inclusion of fairy-tale stories (these were apocryphal stories that were thrown out of the N.T. but which Islam includes as "authentic") were being included because it mocked Christian beliefs -- that is, stories about palm trees bowing down, J.C. doing X, etc., were included because they were so ridiculous no "normal" person would find it persuasive (like reading stories about the tooth fairy or Santa Claus). But, I later found out, that I was wrong -- Muslims seem, in fact, to *revere* these tales...they're "sacred." They embue these tall tales with a mystique, a mystery, a reverence which I find ridiculous... (ditto, I might add, for that "Night Journey" or an X number of other examples from the canon of Islam...) and they seem to get rather annoyed if you don't go along with it. Anyway, maybe it's just a non-western view of what's "real" and what's "not real." (magic is "real" and everyday, mundane reality is not real...(?)

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