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Submitted by Nick4693 (Japan), Aug 3, 2007 at 19:25

Good for you, Richard!

I have to admit that I was at one time intolerant over gay issues, until I had the nerve to come out of the closet of ignorance brought about by religion. Then, I began to understand our presence here on Earth; that our existence is just happenstance; that we are all animals living in an animal world, which behooves us to try to get along with each other for the benefit of all, regardless of our sexual orientation. Obviously, we have no choice over certain matters, but must accept whatever we were born with, or live a miserable, negative life punctuated by constant regret.

It was not an overnight experience for me. It took an enormous amount of research, soul-seaching, because I had been indoctrinated since childhood, as were ALL religious people, whatever their affiliation. I do not blame my parents, who were, in turn, brainwashed by their own parents, and so on.

I do not wish to turn this forum into one of religious debate, nevertheless, there can be no doubt among thinking people that religion is behind most of the world's ills and, as such, cannot be ignored, but must be discussed whether we like it or not.

We in the West have a choice as we grow older, that is, whether or not to accept religion. With regard to Islam, however, it's a horse of a different color. Anyone born to a Muslim family automatically becomes a Muslim at birth, following which they are incessantly bombarded with Islamic values that are intolerant of others. Muslims have no choice. It permeates every single facet of their lives.

If that's what they want, so be it; as long as they keep it within their own boundaries. But when they try to impose such values on me to the detriment of my own well-being, that's when my foot comes down, and hard!.

Where you have governments led by religionists, you have chaos, because the laws they attempt to impose are irrational from anyone's point of view except their own. Which is why they indoctrinate their children from the earliest of ages, the better to control them when they reach adulthood. They instill in young minds unbelievable hatred for anyone not a Muslim, aided by the rantings and ravings of a mentally disturbed, self-proclaimed prophet contained in an evil book called the Koran.

There is no rational reason or purpose for any religion other than plain, outright control. As an ideology, Islam sucks, but children do not understand the implications of their indoctrination.

At least Christians are taught tolerance, but therein lies its weakness. Our too-liberal laws have allowed this insidious disease, Islam, to enter our midst, which preaches hatred for the very people among whom they live.

Thus, there comes a time when the tolerant West must act with intolerance, otherwise the West as we know it will no longer exist.

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