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Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East
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Submitted by rick (United States), Mar 27, 2006 at 17:43

Your comment is important and I believe goes to the heart of why the Islamic and especially the Arab world is so hostile to Christianity. The truth is they have good reason for being so.

Islam is essentially a dead religion. It has nothing to offer non-Muslims. It has no universal truth. It is totaritarian and fascist in nature. It demands obedience and submission to the point under sharia law of demanding your execution if you wander from it. The poor chap in Afganistan knows exactly what this means. Even with a politically motivated decision to not execute him, he will face a fatwa calling for his death just as Salman Rushdie did for writing his novel and will live under that fear for his whole life. Just like the Mob. You don't leave except on a slab.

For a crime gang that may be a rational way to enforce fear and obedience. For a religion, it is brutal, cruel and mean spirited. It is the opposite of what we believe a religion should be. A religion is not the Cosa Nostra.

Muslims have no real sense of brotherhood and compassion. Non-Muslims are infidels and enemies. Even Muslims can be the enemy as we see in Sunni-Shi'ite fighting. There is no concept of "Man". If you are not a Muslim their allah seeks your death. A terrorist god.

If Arab nations were to drop their religious 3 "No's" - No Cross, No Bible, No Church and allow Christians to preach freely, the Evangelical CHrurches would turn around very large numbers of Muslims in a very short time. The first to accept Christianity would be the most repressed in Islamic society namely the women. But many men would also swell Christian ranks.

Islam would either have to change into a real religion and accept the universality of Mankind as all mainstream religions have or face isolation and doom. It would be the end of Islam.

And don't forget that in fifty years oil will not be the powerhouse "ace up the sleeve" it is today. Technology will alter the energy quagmire. Without oil, the Arab world has nothing. Of course this could make them even more hostile but it would be more a dying last gasp than anything else.

Until Islam faces forward and not backwards it is simply an inadequate and moribund belief.

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