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Right on the mark - Rick

Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East
in response to reader comment: Connecting the Dots

Submitted by Jaladhi (United States), Mar 21, 2006 at 16:29

You wrote:

"Islam is not a "religion of peace" no matter how many times the President insists it is. It is a harsh code of obedience with the penalty of even death if there is any deviation. Although the fate of a Muslim is made at birth, any attempt to transform him/herself from Islam to another religion especially Christianity, is punishable by death according to sharia law. Outsiders are infidels and are enemies. Even other Muslims can be the enemy - see the conflict between Sunni and Shi'itte. Even "unaggressive" religions such as Buddhism is considered a threat and is dealt with harshly - see the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afganistan. There is no room for the "other". How this can be considered peaceful is beyond my imagination."

You are absolutely right. I am not sure if the President is saying this for the sake of political correctness or if he really means it. In any case, it sends wrong a message to Americans. If Islam is such peaceful religion, how come there are conflicts going on in all the countries where they live with non-Muslims(Forget USA and Canada for now, it will come here too eventually). For that matter even in the countries where they have a majority? Actions speak louder than words.

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