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in response to reader comment: Well, Islam IS the problem and the Muslims who are most Israel-friendly are not the "moderates"

Submitted by Anti Islam (Canada), May 12, 2009 at 03:00

I see nothing wrong with this. Other issues: I also am a firm believer in free speech, with the exceptions of true racist harassment and hate literature, and do not agree with multiculturalism, which aims to destroy what is inherently good in Western civilization for the sake of the worst aspects of other cultures. It also prevent immigrants from integrating and learning the language, culture, history and values of a country. I am not anti-immigrant by nature as I see the benefits of immigration, but one can hardly justify multiculturalism and moral-cultural relativism, two philosophies that presuppose illogically that race and religion are aligned, race and culture are the same ideas and that all aspects of all cultures are good, interchangeable, compatible, desirable, beneficial and too sacred to subject to critical analysis, reason and intellectual debate.

Take the issue of Islam. Canadians refuse to believe the reality of this so-called religion that requires women to cover from ankle to wrist, grants polygamy as a marital right for men, bans women from marrying outside their own religion, bans women from marrying without their fathers' permission and approval, condones wife-beating, allows for talakh and so on.

Talakh is the verbal decree of divorce spoken three times by a man under shari'a, Islamic law. Shari'a means 'the way' or 'the path' in Arabic. I have heard so many excuses for this religion as troops in Iraq and Afghanistant confront endless streams of suicide bombers that wish to die as shahadas for the so-called God named "Allah", I feel numb and sickened by them. That "Allah' is really Mohammed's evil alter ego, as invented by him in his historical book, al-Qur'an, should be obvious to anyone, no matter what language they read it in. The Koran has been compared to Mein Kampf by Hitler and contains over 109 violent suras. In particular, the Koran calls for the beheading, kidnapping and punishment of ahl al-kitab, the so-called 'people of the book', or Jews, Sabians and Christians. "Do not take Jews and Christians as your friends". "Fight in the way of Allah". "Ye may believe that fighting is not a good thing but Allah knows better." "When the days of the holy month has passed, fight the unbelievers and subdue them. Lay in waiting for them, and besiege and ambush them..." The Koran is full of this kind of absurdist, dangerous logic.

Women cannot work outside the home without several limitations, Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan practice gender separation. There are many barriers to women's employment in these countries. In order to expand the Islamic army, its quest for more land, its need for more soldiers and the basic support for the religion itself (read military-political enterprise), women are often banned from abortion access, education and birth control. Illiteracy can be as high as fifty percent amonst Muslim women in certain countries.

Islam requires submission to all aspects of Islamic law, regardless of how logical and relevant it is. Gays can be stoned to death along with innocent women for various violations of zina, or the requirement of virtue for the sake of family honor. I once read about a seventy-five-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who faced a vicious lashing ruled by the courts because she stood beside some young men she didn't know and spoke to them. She was on a corner in broad daylight. If Islam really respected privacy and private activity, it would not formulate rules and requirements for over 80 differents aspects of life and personal behavior. That is a consensus based on totalitarianism and fascism, not morality. Even if women engage in immoral behavior such as prostitution, adultery, out-of-wedlock birth, premarital sex and other so-called questionable behaviors, it is not the concern of religion, the state, lawmakers and general society


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