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Intimidation!

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Submitted by Harrak (Canada), Sep 27, 2006 at 12:05

The prophet Muhamad was sworn at by the Arabs of Jaheliya (under-civilized pirates of their times) and he himself did not issue a Fatwa to kill them. They even threw garbage on him and he did not issue a Fatwa to kill them...or a Fatwa to prevent the Qurayshi pirates from swearing at him.

With respect to Khomeini as a religious authority, he was wrong in my view from a religious stand point making his Fatwa agaist Salman Rushdi. From a political stand point, khomeini could be right playing the political game and making a political Fatwa to gather supporters for his cause, which is what happened.. That is my reading on this one.

As for the Pope, he could do with his mouth whatever he wishes. The Islamic scholars should reply to the Pope comment by comments not by intimidation. In all the Islamic world, the only reaction that was not intimidating is that of Ayatollah Shirazi who offered a live TV debate with the Pope, the latter refused.

By the way, Muslims are not the only religion that uses intimidation. Some other religions survive thanks to intimidation..

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