Criticizing the Qu'ran doesn’t mean you hate Muslims just as arguing the legitimacy of the Bible doesn’t mean you hate Christians. Those critiques must continue even if religious people take them the wrong way.
I have noticed that Islam is not debated a lot here. Is that because there aren't a lot of Muslims willing to debate or perhaps we just don't know enough about it to formulate a debate or could it be we actually have a speckle of fear deep down when questioning a Muslim about their beliefs? I don't blame anyone for having some fear- I mean looking around the world, anyone who dares to question it or even make fun of it may spark a mass killing, uprising or war.
The few Muslims I HAVE debated here seemed very educated about their beliefs but even then, when faced with historical, scientific and archeological facts that contradict what they've been taught they, like some Christians, have the cookie cutter response prepared: 'Islam was the first, was corrupted and brought back by Muhammad' so, no matter what the actual evidence says, Islam was there from the begining and everything that makes no sense was because of corruption. In that way it's very dangerous thinking. How can you argue with someone who says that?
Answer by virginiamama71 at 11:34 AM on Apr. 5, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:01 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 4:15 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:02 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
Now, on the other hand, those people I know personally who are Muslim seem to be good people. One is my daughters' pediatrician, and he and his wife (also a doctor) have taken excellent care of my children without prejudice. I can't fault them for their religion because it doesn't affect our lives. If they were to start threatening to kill Infidels, though, well, there'd be a problem . . . In fact, my husband and I offered to act as escorts after 9/11 to help them go safely to their Mosque for worship. I'll support a person's right to believe and worship as they choose, as long as those beliefs aren't imposed on me or my family, or causes harm to others - even if I personally find those beliefs to be ridiculous.
Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:12 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
Answer by baconbits at 4:25 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
When I criticize Islam, it is for the same reasons I criticize Christianity - it's not that people hold the beliefs, but when those beliefs are imposed upon others or result in mistreatment of other humans that I take issue, and think it must be brought to light and debated.
Those who insist that their beliefs are for themselves alone, for their own peace of mind or personal betterment are not the ones I'd target with criticism. We do see examples on an almost daily basis in the news about Muslims abusing women who've been raped, jailing or killing atheists for not being Muslim, and recently, I even read an article about a woman who was jailed for having a glass of wine with a married man, due to Sharia Law.
Answer by jsbenkert at 6:51 PM on Apr. 4, 2013
I do think, though, that there is a huge rift that impedes any discussion about Islam. Since 9/11, there are those who are afraid of all Muslims and see evil in all they do, and there are those who feel extremely protective and think that because of that negative attention that we should ignore any news about Islam, no matter how disturbing. I think we need balance. We need to discuss it so that it doesn't become untouchable and above scrutiny. That's dangerous.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 9:49 PM on Apr. 5, 2013
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