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Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Dec 30, 2009 at 03:31

SkyHigh - able to have seen Islam in action as he/she is writing from Japan, with it's large Islamic minority, writes:

"The best example of Islamic democracy can be found in Indonesia, where recent presidential election was carried out peacefully. Indonesian President SBY is for Islam as a religion, but is against Islamic terrorism. "

But are Islam and Israel compatible? Is Islam able to coexist peacefully with other religions in Islamic dominated countries - (forgetting Islamic minority countries for the moment)? Is Islam able to uphold human rights if the cruel and unusual punishments of sharia are brought into force? Is Islam able to treat people equally when it characterises non-muslims as second-rate human beings - and Jews and Christians as pigs and apes - and 'polytheists' - e.g. shinto followers - as below them. In this age of pandemics - is islam, especially shiite islam, compatible with public physical and mental health? http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/12/29/there_will_be_blood?page=0,4

If a seven year old can disrespect his own body enough to do this:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/12/29/there_will_be_blood?page=0,5

is it a stretch of the imagination to concede that he might do worse to others at a later age - especially when the 'others' are seen to be 'the worst of people'?

A picture of peace, love and enlightenment as this is: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/12/29/there_will_be_blood?page=0,6 can hardly fail to reassure us of the benign nature of islam

As for Indonesia being the best example of Islam and democracy in the world - that might be so. But if it is - it is not saying much at all. Read the comments from 'Lady' - on this blog - a non-muslim who actually lives in Indonesia and gets to experience the democratic nature of Islam firsthand.

"You may as well remember the fact that only a tiny fraction of Islamites promotes terrorism, "

Only a fraction of the Germans supported Nazism initially too. And only a fraction of the Russians supported communism.

".......and that Islam and democracy are compatible."

http://www.realclearreligion.com/index_files/islam.democracy.jpg

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