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The estimates of Islam's fundamentalist contingent range from 15-25% of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims. That's between 180-300 million, for those who may be challenged in the arena of 5th grade arithmetic - whether they're in a penthouse Riyadh, a tenement in Kyrgyzstan, or a dorm room in Boston.
I see you've doubled down on your bigotry jive.That mewling and preening I mentioned earlier? I was in error. It's not either-or. It's both.
Note to self: don't feed the trolls.
In other words, only the rich are entitled to voice the courage of their convictions - especially when those convictions are at odds with your own. The arrogance would be amusing, were it not so childish.
So I should never call evil by its name until I acquire the personal wealth to fund its eradication. Thanks for clearing that up.
I can't afford to shut down Fred Phelps and his pack of drooling inbreds, either. If the absence of financial means mandates that you remain silent in the face of their BS, then you are a mewling coward. If you speak out against them despite not making the economic contribution you demand others invest, then you are a preening hypocrite.
Congratulations to you and your duplicity.
Gary Hofmeister: I couldn't agree with you more re: Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken. An amazing read. I understand someone's purchased the movie rights. Here's hoping Hollywood doesn't screw it up.
You continue to make my point. You're talking geopolitics; I'm talking religion. Specifically your asinine allegation of bigotry deployed against those of us who condemn the epic brutality committed in the name of Allah and his prophet Muhammad (Propeller Beanie Upon Him). Your stunning characterization of the Saudi executions as secular episodes spotlights a breathtaking ignorance of Sharia law and its bedrock of 12th-century Islamic fundamentalism.
On the other hand, you may have a valid position. It is entirely plausible that the mentally disabled young man convicted of sorcery was beheaded because of Western "meddling." And to make the executioners "feel good about themselves." Let us be ever mindful of the Saudi reverence for the self esteem of its hard working civil servants.
And I suppose the prohibition against churches has no religious underpinnings either. It's just the state's way of making the local clerics feel good about themselves.
You are an excellent illustration of the old saying that people who don't get it don't get that they don't get it.
"... Part of rights groups' concern is that Riyadh is using violent forms of punishment to quash dissent.
Gul’s execution came shortly after a court decision last week upholding a 10-year jail sentence and 1,000 lashes — meted out in weekly installments of 50 lashes — against blogger Raef Badawi, who was charged with "insulting Islam" and "going beyond the realm of obedience."
A Saudi news agency reported Badawi's conviction in March for his connection to "reformists" and for his tweets "against the rulers, religious scholars and government agencies..."
If lambasting that kind of savagery makes me a religious bigot, so be it.
The NYT reported recently that moderate Saudi Arabia has beheaded 19 people since August. Most for non violent crimes, including homosexuality. Every President and Congress since Truman have embraced and coddled our moderate "friends." And so will the next and the next. It matters not who wins the day this November or in 2016.
Islam is categorically not like other religions. If Islam was practiced merely as a religion, there would be little to complain about. We'd ridicule their inbred Fred Phelps equivalents and get on with our lives. But too many Muslims practice Islam as a political movement. Alone among the major faiths, Islam is both.
There is no Christian analogue to Sharia law of the sort imposed by the moderate House of Saud. Nor a Western parallel to UN Resolution 62-154, which calls upon every nation to criminalize any and all criticism of Islam. Its signatories include all 56 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Not just a handful of lunatics in a cave, not just Iran or Sudan, but every Muslim nation on earth; including those whom our elites assure us are "moderate."
Those same elites and their vassals condemn observations like these as religious bigotry. There is not a single church in moderate Saudi Arabia, where possession of a Bible can land you in one of their moderate prisons. But we're the bigots. That's good to know.
And the imbeciles who vindictively assert racism as the underlying motive for these concerns should acquaint themselves with the distinctions between race and religion, prior to their next GED reunion.
Reasonable people agree that Christianity purged its bloodlust during the Reformation, after concluding that savagery in the name of piety was not what God intended. Islam has yet to undergo a reformation, but desperately needs to. Most scholars agree that that is unlikely, as the four schools of Islamic authority concur that interpretation of the Koran, the Suras and the Hadiths was settled in the 1300s. New interpretations and analyses are heresy; heresy is apostasy; and apostates are to be murdered.
Those who compare present day Islamofascism to contemporary Christianity are prevaricators at best, and liars at worst.
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