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In the West , freedom comes before religion, Islam included. Good or bad is what you do with it!

Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle
in response to reader comment: Sharia in action

Submitted by Isaac Haskiya (Sweden), Aug 27, 2010 at 03:50

1 - A black "chadour" is a black "chadour". There are no other levels to it. There is no free choice about it.

2. The ezan carried by powerful loudspeakers is disturbing in a non-muslim country. There are people who do not want to listen to it and you cannot force them to do so. The main idea in Europe is keeping your religion for yourself, in your heart. if you have one. You donĀ“t have to put it on display.

3- Faith is not a matter of debate. I like mine, you like yours, both in equal right. We are in 2010, not in 632-732. We do not want, either, to become "dhimmis" in our own country.

4- That pudding surely has an excellent taste in Mecca. My pudding tastes best in Jerusalem. My Catholic friendsĀ“ pudding has an excellent taste at the Vatican. You eat your pudding and I will eat mine! Fortunate is the person who eats what he likes.

5- Here again "imposed" shows the connotation of forcing people to so something. Nobody should be imposed into matters of faith: not Jews, not Christians and not even Muslims! The choice must remain free. For your information, I know that Muslims in Nigeria can choose between an Islamic Court and a Secular one. So Malaysia is not a good example.

There are comments on this article for whom Islam is an absolute, all-incompassing doctrine. That statement is not only mine; it comes from the mouths of the "learned".

As for being initiated, I was born in a Muslim country and lived there during my first 25 years. I know what Islam was, by my own experience, at that time. I also know the degree of radicalization that has occurred during the 45 years that followed.. I have also coached university students in the History of Religions, - among others - a subject not on matters of faith but on the analysis of the doctrinary basis and historical development of religions.

When answering please use your own text only as I use mine instead of adopting a corrective method of presenting your arguments.


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