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"No intermediary" doctrine is a joke.

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Submitted by Ted Norton (United States), Jun 8, 2010 at 03:35

Dear Editor, In an ironic way the 'no intermediary' doctrine -- the way it is followed in Islam-- has become a joke. While Muslims claim that they do not attach any symbols/people/objects with the God, in practice, no other religion is more tried to symbols and symbolism than Islam. A Muslim painter in India, paints one of 330 Million Hindu Goddess in nude, nothing happens. Hinduism survives, the self image of 99% of Hindus remains intact. And, by gollly, the Almighty that Hindus worship through these symbols, remain perfectly nonchallant. It is only 1/330 parts-per-million. Why shouldl it mater? And what happens when a Dutch artist draw a Muhammad cartoon? Which religion has a tighter link to symbols? You be the judge.

And this story does not just end there. Jesus does not get hurt when Hollywood makes alls sorts of movies about him. While Muslims have no intermediary between a person and his God, Muslims pray in congregations of ever-increasng sizes. These congregations are continuously influenced by the Imams week after week (though he is not an intermediary).

The traditional methods of directly connecting with the God (e.g. meditation and solitudinous) used by other religions are hardly mentioned in the Islamic context.

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