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Reader comment on item: A Democratic Islam?
in response to reader comment: close, but a bit off-mark

Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), May 3, 2008 at 21:34

What was 1,000 years ago for Islam may have been but, Islam and Moslem's must have lost direction to be ruled by religious dictators and to hold the individual as valueless.

Islam becoming a superpower would mean "a way to rule over the people", world wide oppression of the rights of the individual over the state and subjugation of all to a religious doctrine and cultural depression. This same concern is no different to when the communist dictatorships were being exported as a "way to rule over" the people.

Democracy does not rule over people but allows the people to create the rules for themselves and to be the authority exercised. Meaning every person holds an equal vote, an equal voice in their governing. Not dictated to by someone else's religion or someone else's assumption of authority.

Free countries becoming superpowers give hope to all those countries still oppressed by religious and political dictators that one day they will hold a voice and be valued as individuals and not just some herd animal prodded from one dictatorship to the next. They would still have their religion and their culture. The difference would be that they would for the first time be the actual possessor's of their religion and culture and be the determiner of their social direction.

Islam and sharia does not allow for such independence. On a positive note- Islam and sharia in government are probably best for managing mindless sheep. And that's a good thing for those who are without inclination nor self-possessed. Freedom is not for everyone. Our jails hold testament to this fact, but everyone should have the right to decide for themselves whether they want to live freely with in their country and religion or not, to live imprisoned literally or what may be worse, figuratively.

It's about the fundamental right as an individual to free choice and the responsibility for making that choice.


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