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An Explanation

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Submitted by Right of Center Filipino (Philippines), Nov 4, 2007 at 23:08

I had the same opinion as well, but hear me out.

If you look at it objectively the koran is the first "holy book" that actually gives a step by step instructional on how to live a better life and achieve paradise in the afterlife. No other book does that. The Bible, the Buddhist texts and others only give the broad strokes on how to achieve salvation. Ultimately it was dependent on the believer on how to reach "God".

Not so with the koran. If you followed all the regulations found there you were assured a peaceful prosperous existance, so says the prophet. In fact that snake oil salesman never intended the koran to be a sacred scripture in the first place! It was divinely inspired yes but it was meant to be a constitution where other laws can be based, dependant on the situation and place just like the US Constitution! Granted the outcome wouldn't be as "Democratic" as we'd like but for the time it was revolutionary.

Unfortunately, what should have been a springboard for something better devolved into a justification for class, racial and religious prejudice. When mohammed died he left his greatest "work" to ignorant, murderous bandits and lazy, decadent nobles both of whom twisted the laws to suit their own depraved ends.

The ravaging was so complete that the spirit of what the koran is supposed to have engendered is lost forever. Not maybe, not only some, EVERYTHING it could have stood for is gone. Today, the barbaric culture of old and nomadic arabia is inseperable from the muslim religion. If you want to take up the faith you are obligated to act as questionably as the other members of the cult. Even if some well meaning fool of a muslim thinks he can reform the faith by going back to mohammed's koran will discover that the book has been left behind by history and is irrelevant to the modern day. It could have adapted with more enlightened leadership but who are we kidding?

As for myself I am against the banning of books or any sort of literature. I believe though works like the koran should be displayed in museums as examples of what man has experienced and ultimately left behind along with its followers who been have blown away by the winds of time like dried dog droppings.

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