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Muslim assertions vs. Muslim beliefs

Reader comment on item: [Pew Poll on] How Muslims Think

Submitted by Roland (United States), Jun 28, 2006 at 17:50

When Muslims claim to believe in conspiracy theories that relieve them of responsibility for terrorism and poverty, they are lying. It's like when a Cubs fan says, "Wait till next year," or when an African-American says O.J. is innocent. We don't really believe the Cubs will win the NL pennant next year, and most blacks know very well that O.J. was involved in his ex-wife's murder. It's just our way of expressing an obligatory, "Hurray for our team."

The real problem underlying these poll results is that Islam does not value truth as an end in itself. Muslims are willing - even eager - to conform to a cultural consensus that they know in their hearts to be untrue. This flight from truth corrupts their entire culture.

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