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On: Domestic Islam

Understanding, applying Sharia

Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

That intolerance appears to only flow one way. When asked five questions regarding the respondent's treatment of other religions and vice-versa; the impacts those religions have on society and what they have gained from other faiths, the study finds Muslim-Americans are the second most tolerant group behind Mormons.

Rationales for this are more difficult to penetrate.

Perhaps it is their religion; perhaps the cause is more secular. Whatever the reason, instead of fearing and attacking the religion, America would do well to re-evaluate their opinions, and possibly take a page from Mr. Bhuiyan's book.

Joshua Howell is an opinion columnist and blogger for The Battalion.

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Arafat
Mon Sep 26 2011 15:37
It seems John Quincy Adams' opinions of Islam are different than Josh Howell's. Hmm...I wonder which man has greater credibility?

John Quincy Adams on Islam

"The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force."

Arafat
Mon Sep 26 2011 15:36
Who are you going to believe Josh Howell or Patriarch Cyrus of Alexandria, a man who actually lived and experienced what Islam did?

Patriarch Cyrus of Alexandria on Islam

"I am afraid that God has sent these men to lay waste the world".

Arafat
Mon Sep 26 2011 15:34
This is what Gregory Palamus said about Islam (before he was killed by Muslims):

Byzantine saint, Gregory Palamas, to his Turkish captors:
"It is true that Muhammad started from the east and came to the west, as the sun travels from east to west. Nevertheless he came with war, knives, pillaging, forced enslavement, murders, and acts that are not from the good God but instigated by the chief manslayer, the devil."[3]

Arafat
Mon Sep 26 2011 15:32
Here is what Richard Dawkins says about Islam:

Richard Dawkins says it outright. One wonders why so few other atheists are speaking out in the same way. Note that he does not hasten to qualify his comment by saying, "Islamic extremism" or "radical Islam."

Dawkins: "I'm reasonably optimistic in America and Europe. I'm pessimistic about the Islamic world. I regard Islam as one of the great evils in the world, and I fear that we have a very difficult struggle there."
Narrator: "Why is it more problematic than Christianity, for instance?"

RD: "There is a belief that every word of the Koran is literally true, and there's a kind of closemindedness which is, I think, less present in the former Christendom, perhaps because we've had long - I don't know quite why - but there's more of a historical tradition of questioning. There are people in the Islamic world who simply say, 'Islam is right, and we are going to impose our will.' There's an asymmetry. I think in a way we are being too nice. I think that it's possible to be naively overoptimistic, and if you reach out to people who have absolutely no intention of reaching back to you, then you may be disillusioned."

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