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in response to reader comment: Islam is at best a fairly primitive language game. If played on its own deceptive terms,it doesn't give a non-Moslem any chance to win.

Submitted by scottindallas (United States), Jun 8, 2012 at 19:21

Don't you dare cite Voltaire, he would lay into you. Your post makes no sense, cause you're arguing a strawman. Muslims are as diverse as anyone, after all, they're human. Voltaire was fierce defender of Islam, and of Muslims, you should read more of his work, like his essays on Tolerance.

Voltaire asks us all to come together for a meal of Hen and Rice. He asks that Elam Silence His Ass, that we don't have to share Ezekiel's meal with him, and that Joshua doesn't murder us all, killing all our wives and children, as he was wont to do. He points out that the Muslim give alms 5 times a day, and despite claims that his life is purely sensual is the only one who still fasts. Even then, his daughter could own land, and attend college.

When you start to see Muslims as people. Once you stop stereotyping them all, then perhaps you might attain enlightenment. But, Muslims didn't burn the world's great libraries, that's a Christian thing, that keeps recurring. Constantine did it first, then the Crusaders, then the Churches, then Hitler, and the Christian fundamentalists keep doing it. Islam never did. The Muslim world was richer than the West till about 300 years ago. They had running water, far better hygiene, and lighted streets centuries before France, Germany and England. They had baths, and were the fathers of the European enlightenment. In fact, it was Muslims who brought you most of that knowledge. Spinoza was most likely Muslim, he rejected Judaism and the Trinity, and came from the courts of Cordova, as did Averroes, who literally gave Aristotle to the Europeans. The first philosophy that embraced "atheist" worldviews came out of Muslim learning centers. They proposed a world that worked without God entering into the Causal equation. As I said, Islam doesn't need an enlightenment. It demands it's women be educated--though some may not have the money for this. Women can own property, work, keep their money (the Prophet worked for a woman, who he married.) Muslims are commanded to restrain themselves for their wives, to let them get theirs first. Women have the right to divorce, and marry who they wish. You can believe some strawman, but you will make youself look like an ignorant fool.

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