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Two steps

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in response to reader comment: Bastile to Concerned European

Submitted by Concerned Buddhist (Lithuania), Sep 15, 2007 at 19:05

[Step One - become independent from muslim oil.

Step Two - Satire Islam out.]

I fully agree with the first step but I am aware that it is not very easy and takes much time.

As for second step I agree as well, only that I think one should ridicule not the Muslims of VII century, it would make not much sense, but rather modern Muslims who find inspiration in a warlord of VIIc. Arabia and his military deeds. It is indeed ridiculous that they so eagerly try to imitate the customs and legislation of bygone ages.

Of course they are maybe not unique in that, look at Jewish Haredim or Amish people, however differently from the former, it is not some fringe group but rather substantial part in respective societies if not the majority. And the biggest problems is not just sheer backwardness of their customs, but the fact that these old customs include the tradition of raids, plundering, razzias and ghazawat. Another problem - with non-Arab Muslims - is that some groups now try to replace local customs(which are maybe backward but nevertheless genuine customs of respective peoples) with even more backward arabic "sunna" of VII-VIII century. Resistance to change, especially when changes are imposed from outside, is very deeply ingrained in Muslim psyche. "All innovation is heresy" is one of most famous dictums.

A very big problem, however, that even Western people cannot very reasonably explain why they need all the host of innovations, technological and cultural, which are going on nowadays, and since they themselves do not know, they cannot make it understandable to Muslims.


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