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Being Secular is Not the problem

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Submitted by Sanchez (Brazil), Mar 3, 2007 at 09:18

The rise of Islam around the world is a problem for non-Muslims whether they be Buddhists in Thailand or atheists in the Uighur province in China or the Hindoos of Kashmir, the latter having been systematically murdered or ethnically cleansed out of the valley by the "freedom loving" muslim population.

The answer to all this is not to bemoan the secular forces of Europe that are moving away from Christianity. Being secular and favoring reason over religion should be seen as a sign of progress for any society. Christianity has absolutely nothing to offer a modern free thinking secular European person or indeed of any other ethnicity. The notion that since Islam is on the rise, Europeans need to bring back their Christian lifestyle and start going to church is a foolish one.

The most powerful way to fight Islam is from a secular front using rationalism and logic as the only tools. And this is where, sadly, Europe has failed and continues to fail in the global war on Islamic terror. You do not need to be a Jew or a Christian to see that Israel has a right to exist and that it is not the bad guy in the Middle-East. This European attitude is compounded by the fact that Americans have moved in the opposite direction where religion is seen as a solution in the post 9-11 world. The right solution is to be secular, rejecting those forces (whether religious or secular) that impede the progress on the war on Islamic terror.

But to fight Islamic terrorism by becoming more Christian will be a HUGE step backwards for humanity.

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