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Talib I hope that there will be dialogue

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Submitted by Maggie4Life (Australia), Sep 22, 2006 at 23:37

Talib,

thank you for coming out and saying that you regret the death of the nun. This action of yours shows a man who is humble. I wish that more of your own ilk would be willing to speak out against the violence and the terrorism.

However, there is one area where you are wrong and that is regarding the real meaning of Mohammed's teaching of Jihad. It is definitely written that Mohammed stated that people had to convert or die by the sword. As a Christian I find this is very unacceptable, and I cannot help but see Islam in a poor light. That does not mean that I have to see you or other moderate Muslims in a poor light.

There is room for dialogue, and there is room for learning to understand one another. However, how can we dialogue when Muslims will not allow Christians, Jews and other minorities practice their faith in peace? These are burning questions.

It is difficult for even the most moderate Christians to want to dialogue when we see the violence that has erupted on the streets. That violence is the direct result of whatever is being said in the mosques by terrorist mullahs. Islam needs to modernize and divest itself of the violence, and the threats of violence. It needs to put an end to the imposition of Sharia. It needs to free the women from the shackles of wearing the burqa. It needs to allow women to become educated as well, and allow them to teach, be lawyers and doctors. At the same time there needs to be an end to the other injustices that have been spreading because of Sharia, including the death of women who have been raped, claiming that they are guilty of a crime, whilst the real criminals go free.

If one is to say that there are good Muslims, then all of the women who have been beaten and killed because they showed a bit of flesh have to come under that category. The same goes for the women who have been beaten to death because they were rape victims.

Islam needs to learn to confront these issues that indicate a system that lacks true justice. Until Islam confrints the tough issues, there is little chance of fruitful dialogue.

Are you willing to speak out against such injustice?

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