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Modern vs. Historical Islam

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Submitted by John Randall Peacher (United States), Jan 29, 2005 at 03:53

One's faith should not enter any discussion when social behavior is judged. One's actions should always be examined. The actions of Islamic societies, countries, entities over the past 20 years have not been encouraging. There has been very little criticism against acts of terror by those who claim to be Muslims. It seems that if conditions are deemed to be difficult, one can strap him or herself with an explosive belt and kill multitudes of innocent men, women and children. These are actions. These are events upon which a belief is judged by average citizens. Non Muslim believers fear Islam and the actions of believers in all non-muslim nations.If we all convert to Islam will the madness stop? Is this going to be the end result, and is this the purpose of the present battle in which we find ourselves? Whoever blinks first looses?

This is not why each of us were put on this earth; to cower before any system or belief. We must be judged by our actions toward our fellow citizens, our planet, and our contributions to society as a whole. The fact that the historical societies of Islam were civilized and were great contributors to the advancement of man's knowledge are good and admirable. What do we do now though? Is the fact that such a belief contributed so much to society in the past give lee way and allow believers to kill innocents as an act of protest against a perceived oppression?

I think not. We should judge actions, not words.
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