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Wherein lies the difference

Reader comment on item: Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

Submitted by Philip Adams (United Kingdom), Feb 7, 2006 at 17:28

These series of comments are largely coherent and reasonably well informed. There are some that may have been written by people cleverer than I and others by people less so. They all have their own points to make and these are generally as well thought out as possible.

This is the case with practically all of the comments that support Daniel Pipes views (as do I).

What I find strange is that the comments posted by those who disagree with DP are often illogical and scatterbrained. They seem to have no concept of "I think this so..."

Is there a profound difference in the way of thinking of Western people and Islamic supporters (excluding those western educated Islamic supporters)? As part of our education we are taught "scientific method", by which I mean "if you think this, well, then prove it". That is what all our exams are about.

This raises the question "what do you do about someone who does not think in the same way that you do"? Any proofs are not real, every fact is open to interpretation, superstition seems to be revered. Not only is the religion seated in the 6th (7th?) century but so are the thought processes of all those whose main education source is that same religion.

On the other hand it could be just the type of people that the site attracts.

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