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Absence Of "Liberalism" In Islamic Thought, Or....

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Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Mar 6, 2006 at 02:37


...the oxymoron of "Islamic democracy."

America, and all free societies, are predicated on a respect for the individual, and his/her right to and subsequent responsibility for that free choice. Such respect is utterly absent in Islam.

I am astounded to discover that our founding fathers were so privy to this knowledge which has all but been forgotten by subsequent generations. I have only just stumbled upon this information, and have yet to digest it. Nevertheless, I don't feel I should withhold it until I do.

A recent Claremont Inst., article yields valuable insights that must be recovered:
"Long before Samuel Huntington, Adams understood our modern 'clash of civilizations.' Adams believed that history had set the liberal West on a collision course with the Islamic East."

(please note the term "liberal" as used here is NOT the same term co-opted by American leftists like Kerry and Kennedy. In fact, it means exactly the opposite, which is why it was chosen by the elitists in order to confer some legitimacy to their bankrupt ideology.)

the article continues:
"In Adams's day, as in ours, many sophisticated Europeans thought that the two civilizations ought to compromise their differences in the name of peace."

Some things never change.

Also, it appears that someone (PDM) has beaten me to press on this, here:
...which is great because I don't like being the only one providing this kind of information. The more of us who know it, the better off we all will be.

Since PDM didn't give a reference, which I think is an essential feature of citing important material, I'll give what I have for that quote:

The Claremont article further portrays Adams as being as frighteningly isolated as some of the few today who appreciate the true nature of the problem, when it says:
"After reflecting upon the conflict, Adams grew concerned that it was serious and feared that almost none of his contemporaries understood it."

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