Reader comment on item: Spreading Islam in American Public Schools
Submitted by Ted (United States), May 28, 2007 at 19:10
I was looking at the article, and it seems that the Islamic groups are doing what many lesser known religions want to do - educate people about what they are all about. Christianity doesn't need that, as a predominately Christian nation, everybody knows about it. But I'm not saying people should study the Koran, etc. I'm saying they should learn about the religion in an unadultered means. People in the '50's learned about communism through MacArthur and the Red Scare, the same thing is happening with Islam today, people who have an axe to grind are often making biased opinions. Islam, like communism, needs to be viewed without ANY prejudice or bias from ANY group. While I realize that this is impossible, it would be a nice start to try.
Yes, the Islamics want to spread their religion, and some want to spread it for means that are less than pure, but others simply want people to embrace the religion they believe is the correct religiong. Talking on TV about Christianity isn't against the rules, even though most televangelists only want to get more money. I think most Christians who truly believe in their religion would like it if people converted to Christianity, so why is it wrong when Muslims do it?
I am against any form of breaking down religion in school. I was furious when a girl was suspended for having a Bible in school. I don't see why the Ten Commandments can't be hung up in a court room. Just keep it the same across the board.
"Say: 'O People of the Book (i.e., Jews and Christians)! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.' If then they turn back, say ye: 'Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).' (The Noble Quran, 3:64)"
How is that saying there should be no tolerance for Christians and Jews? It seems to me it's the exact opposite.
I think it's ridiculous to say that Bin Laden has somehow "brainwashed" me. Apparently I missed out on when he used his voodoo powers to control my mind and causing a massive four week hallucination when I went to Iran and met Christians and Jews, and spoke to men who claimed that they would like it if George Bush came to Iran and did the same thing he did with Iraq. I speak for no other country than Iran and Bahrain however, as I have visited no other countries. However, Bahrain was extremely liberal, allowing any sort of clothing etc. There are places such as Dubai, where other religions are free to do as they will. There are countries that do not support religious freedom/tolerance. Prime examples are Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both countries that the USA is proud to sponsor.
I know why there were Crusades. In the 600's, Muslims took back Jerusalem, from the Romans, who conquered basically everything and ruled for about 400 years in contentment, allowing free worship of the three religions in the city. Then another group of unfriendly Muslims took over, and they harassed the Christians, which led to the First Crusade. The Christians then killed all the Muslims they could and supressed the Orthodox Christians and Jews, who later would help the Muslims before the Third Crusade to take back the city. Saladin, the recapturer, was extremely respected for his tolerance and wisdom. Richard the Lionheart praised him for his chivalry and his reason.
I will not agree that Muslims are the most dangerous group in the world, because it is blatantly untrue. The most dangerous group in the world are the fanatics of every denomination, who are linked only by their insanity and fervor.
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