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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jul 3, 2012 at 10:57

"What is it about Islam?" leads to a corresponding question which promises some answers: What is missing in Islam that would inhibit adherents to act in a barbaric fashion? Here is my take on what is missing.

  1. There is no authoritative organized islamic institution to speak out against such acts ahead of time.
  2. There is a lack of liberty. The restrictions of Sharia law, the prescribed imitating of the prophet of Islam, inhibit critical self-reflection. That would inhibit barbarism. People that are subject to a multitude of all-encompassing rules are prone to act stupid and irresponsibly. People who are given freedom act more civilized.

In order to prove these points I see two cases one may evaluate:

  1. Do Islam-vs-history crimes appear in the Islamic state of Iran which does have a religious institution?
  2. Muslims in the West have far more freedom and access to historic sites of christianity. Do Western muslims damage, say the cathedral in Cologne, the Vatican or the remains of other religions from antiquity in Europe?
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