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Liberal democracy is not a religion, neither is "real" Islam: both are political philosophies

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Submitted by Wedhimmissubmitwillingly (Canada), Oct 3, 2008 at 19:43

Liberal democracy is a political philosophy, not a religion. Under liberal democracy, all citizens should be free to express their point of view and vote for the party of their choice, the elections should be free and fair, and the political process should be competitive. Political pluralism is usually defined as the presence of multiple and distinct political parties.

Islamic theocracy is a political philosophy and a religion. Under Islamic theocracy, no citizen has a right to express a point of view different from that of the caliph, and voting is not required to implement Sharia law. There is no political process or competition or alternative political parties and kafirs are not considered full citizens of the Islamic state or fully human by the Islamic religion. They are in a condition of semi-slavery and may be treated by Muslims as cattle or wildlife, the caliph being the game-keeper. The Islamic theocracy is "just" because the caliph said so, Mohammed told him, the Koran came from God and Mohammed got the Koran from an angel only he could see or hear, thus making it "fairer" and "more just" than liberal democracy. See? Simple.

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