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ISLAM:The bitter truth

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Submitted by INDIA 4 HINDUS (India), Sep 27, 2006 at 16:47

Is an ideology of hate and violence any more acceptable and excusable if it is disguised as a "religion"?

The answer is yes – because this is precisely the moral slack we cut for Islam.

To claim that a book advocating:

"Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, lie in wait for them in every ambush" (Sura 9:5)… "Throw terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, cut off their necks, cut off even every finger" (Sura 8:12)… "For those who fight against Allah and his messenger [Mohammed], kill them, crucify them, cut off their hands and feet on alternate sides" (Sura 5:33)…

should be treated as something holy and revered is immoral. And dangerous.

This goes beyond calling our struggle against this evil The War on Terror, refusing to name the enemy by name. Yes, it would help to call it the War on Moslem Terror instead, a small step in the right direction. What needs to be done is far deeper and more structural.

That is to come to grips with this moral truth: All religions are not created morally equal.

There are evil religions. The Aztec religion of human sacrifice and cannibalism was one. If Nazism were a religion it would be. Such religions are irretrievably evil, a form of Satan worship.

Some religions are more moral than others by comparison. We need to say what needs to be said: Islam is Christianity's moral inferior. It has become the moral inferior to all other major religions of the world today, Hinduism,Buddhism and Judaism.

until the world's Moslems rise up in moral outrage at the terrorist evils being committed in the name of Islam – and without exception, including Palestinian terrorism – we must stop according Islam the respect due any normal religion, and look upon it with no more regard or respect than one would towards Communism or Nazism.

For Islam is a normal religion no longer. It has poisoned itself with a moral virus, a moral sickness of hate and totalitarian intolerance that has been there from its inception. It is up to believers in Islam to purge their religion of this virus, this sickness, before it can be accepted in civilized society once again.

Until then, until "mainstream Moslems" rehabilitate their religion, the Koran should be looked upon no differently than Mein Kampf.

Islam has no longer any claim to decency. If Moslems wish to regain respect for their religion, from now on we must tell them: they must earn it. But they won't.

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