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Reader comment on item: Arguing over "Can Islam Be Reformed?"
in response to reader comment: If you were in my shoes

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Nov 20, 2013 at 00:29

Before there was a record of events, when people knew about the past only based on hear-say, it was customary to perfect and aggrandize one's story, more or less. And the more people had power, the more their stories were exaggerated and the more they could impose respect, belief in them. Monotheist religions are just the biggest lies, the structuration and institutionalization of mythomania–little power but greatness in lying. They took over the most wonderful legends from times past and made them theirs.

Those stories are present almost everywhere in the gatherings of men, albeit in different times and places. Religions are just the work of the most obstinate of them.

The Koran is about as much of a miracle as a pile of those lies can become thanks to the credulity, sincere or not, of its followers. I'll give you that. But its obvious imperfections combined with the obligation to believe it or to die at the hand of Muslims makes it utterly disgraceful and impossible to respect for someone who follows logic.

A small example: you say your prophet was illiterate as if it was the final word, but your scriptures also describe him as a literate person. As a rule, you speak as if what you say (about religion) is perfectly established, but if one scratches the surface, one just find a mash, out of which you can affirm just about anything and its contrary. This is not trustworthy. And God should be.

A big example: jihad. Muslims fighters in conquest had a very efficient way to progress. They were supposed to ask the population on their way 1. To convert and to fight with them; or 2. To convert without carrying out the jihad (but then they got no booty, so that all the confirmed criminals out of those populations chose to fight with the Muslims, who could keep 80pc of their booty); or 3. To politically submit and pay a heavy tax (that was essentially used to support the jihad). Those who refused all three offers, they had to attack (without further notice) and thus making great killings (that is, more than necessary), tie the survivors before the scene, and make of them anything they saw fit: enslave them (all women), kill them all, whatever.

It was efficient but blind. No-one could tell at the beginning where this would lead. Now, would it have come from God, Muslims would have conquered the whole world and established God's rules everywhere. But as a matter of facts, they didn't. Most the world stood free from them and where they won, they never could fully establish Sharia. Judging by the fruits of it, that was just a huge bloody shot in the dark.

So whatever the truth is about God, it is clear that you and your religion don't possess it. I'm all for searching for God and its rules, why not, if you have enough time on your hands, but I will not accept such a mess as a credible contender. And in order to do it, you have to blind yourself to so many things.

I'm not saying life sucks, I'm just saying it's hard and I like it. I'm strong and I fear no-one. I give my best shots at supporting my children and their successes are mine. You say it sucks and all you want is to escape it. You're disgruntled with your real life and your religion is a jumble. Why in the world would I try to listen to your beliefs? Why in the world would I consider that your hell is real and that your God would put me there?


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