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Muslims also hostage to culture of violence; polygamy partly to blame?

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict

Submitted by Shefali O. (United States), Sep 27, 2006 at 18:50

First of all, the West must NOT be intimidated by Islam. I wonder at the cowardice of Western governments and people that they give up their precious free speech and free expression rights for fear of offending people who have proven themselves to be barbarous by their behavior.

However, that being said, I know many Muslims who are very decent people. They are just as perplexed and do not think it is ok to kill people or burn churches. What is going on - the psychopaths and sociopaths have hijacked Islam; the nutcases are running the religion.

I am a Christian. There are Christian nutcases too. But they don't have any real power. People laugh at them or put them behind bars. Muslims seem to put theirs into positions of authority. Of course, this ends up hurting the majority of Muslim people, as well.

One reason for Islam being so messed up that no one has mentioned yet - polygamy. Islam allows multiple wives. Unfortunately, when you have a rich man marrying 4 women, that leaves 3 men wife-less, if the sex ratio is about equal. In a variety of studies that have been done, they have shown that men who have no wives and no opportunities to get a wife form a violent sub-stratum of society. Leaders need to turn these violent men outwards, to be aggressive towards "enemies" real and imagined, or suffer the consequences of that aggression turned inwards. Perhaps, due to polygamy, there is a surplus of Muslim men that can be used for cannon fodder or for human bombs.


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