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in response to reader comment: Hark, who is talikng

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), May 4, 2011 at 06:37

Mr Riaz, writes:

"Hark who is talking - give one source for what ever you say ... then talk to me about generalizations."

Sometimes a one line reply can really make a point. This only happens though when the writer has some wit and a keen intelligence.

Unfortunately, one line replies from Mr Riaz show neither. Mr Riaz has not responded to any of the points presented In my previous post. I guess the reason for that is fairly obvious.

However I had one very simple request: "...And in keeping with I hope your new resolve to back up statements with facts - can you supply a list of muslim societies which take nothing from the West and are progressive?"

Surely Mr Riaz could furnish this list without too much trouble - so that we too might be able to marvel at the glories of Islam.

Seemingly flustered at not being able to come up with the admission that all is not quite right in the islamic world - he goes off on a tangent with the statement

"....There is no such a thing as free press anywhere - prove it?.. "

Is Mr Riaz making another unverifed statement here - or asking a question?

Of course there can be any amount of hairsplitting on what we mean by 'f'ree'. But a reasonable person would have to draw the conclusion that press and journalists in the West have no real limitations on what they can say and the way it can be said. Apart from releasing statements that might go against government 'official secrets acts' and patent law etc - there are no restrictions. Not financial, not social, not religious etc etc.

So - again, Mr Riaz's statement is either a deliberate lie or one made in complete ignorance without any thought or research. The work of countless hours by teams of researchers is freely available - even to UK resident Mr. Riaz (yes, thanks to Western laws - we have complete freedom to read what we want on the Internet or anywhere else) - showing the relative freedom of the press amongst a large selection of countries.

Now of course Mr Riaz can say it's a conspiracy (like 9/11 was a CIA operation etc) and that the list was drawn up by non-muslims (Mossad, the CIA, KKK, BJP etc etc) so it is intrinsically biased - that's why freedom of the press is limited in the majority of muslim countries listed.

But then we'd realise we were communicating with a fanatic - and what would be the pojnt of that?

And in keeping with( I hope) your new resolve to back up statements with facts - can you supply a list of muslim societies which take nothing from the West and are progressive?

Submitting....

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