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is there any discrimination in Islam?

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Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), May 22, 2009 at 20:15

Mr. M.Mohsen (pbuh) writes:

"ISLAM IS A religion which has no racial segregation or color segregation or any kind of segregation only good deeds which make one better than a another"

I have to point out the obvious fact that all religions have this theme as a central part of their dogma. And Christianity and Buddhism , while having the concept of merit - do not make the erroneous claim that someone is better than anyone else because they may have done some good deeds.
Besides this - the reality on the ground with Islam is far different.

In fact in your other post you have just admitted: " The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah or Madina is to say with his lips, La ila ha illallah Muhammed ur Rasulullah meaning that 'there is no God but Allah and Muhammed (pbuh) is His Messenger."

Isn't that the most blatant bit of discrimination - right there in your face on a large traffic sign - 'non-Muslms no allowed' ? Yes, America and most other countries have rules of entry - but they are sensible rules - 'no drug traffickers, slave traders, people with serious criminal convictions etc'. They are there to protect the society from harm - not to promote the beliefs of an absurd cult.

Being a gay Muslim, you're sure to have experienced prejudice and segregation in your own life - and I don't mean from non-Muslims. There is a huge amount of discrimination in the Muslim world. Even on this forum we see it - how many kind words are said by Muslim posters about Jews? I'll tell you: none. In fact many of the posts thinly disguise a seething, irrational hatred of them.

Does any other religion make such a marked distinction between its followers and outsiders as Islam does? Is there the extremely divisive (and delusory) concept of 'Kaffir' in Christianity or Buddhism? Do the Buddhist or Christian scriptures say 'do not take a Muslim to be a friend?"

There's no sign at US Border crossings that gays are not allowed in. There's no sign at the Vatican saying Muslims not welcome and only Catholics allowed in.

Forget about pretending that Islam is an inclusive religion. You believe it is the the 'Supreme religion' remember. In fact it's supremely exclusive.

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