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Separating the message from the messenger

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Submitted by Ahnold (United States), Dec 10, 2006 at 19:06

Mr. Pipes:

While I greatly respect your outlook and education with regard to Islam, I cannot for the life of me understand how we in the West and analysts such as yourself, can continually try to separate the Message from the Messenger. Without the Messenger the Message would not exist! Is that too simple for us to understand? Once Muhammed fled to Medina the "Messenger" resorted more and more frequently to violence in the form of murder, rape, plunder, and hedonism to increase his influence and insure his survival. Increasingly his "spiritual" message became more and more a "political" one.

I believe that ANY analysis of Islam that does not take into account the history of its so called infallible Messenger of God is missing the mark by a wide margin. As Muhammed bided his time in Medina, building a following militarily strong enough to return to Mecca, so has modern Islam itself bided its time to continue its elimination of oppostion in the West. I don't see how you can, on the one hand condemn followers of Muhammed for their violence and not condemn the message and the messenger. It's not logical.

I don't believe in "Moderate Muslims". They are only moderate while in the minority. They are cowards who once in the majority will more boldly tread the path of the original Messenger. The proof is in the pudding. Every nation that is dominated by Islam religiously, politically or both, is a society of brutality and repression. So much for "The Religion of Peace".

Once Westerners accept the fact that Islam does not allow for the co-existence of any other belief, then we will begin to realize the true nature of the threat Islam poses for us.


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