Now, to download a Koran.
I don’t very much feel like “coexisting” with those that would behead me for not cherishing their murdering pedophile prophet.
I’m deferential to Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Taoists, Unitarians, Wiccans, and just about any other faith on the planet that believes itself to be “the way.” I may not agree with their faiths, and may flat find some of their beliefs to be strange or even moderately upsetting, but I respect the rights of the faithful of these religions, as they are generally tolerant of others.
I cannot say that about Muslims.
After 9/11, after my anger cooled, I was determined to learn more about Islam. I was trying to convince myself that those who attacked us were a fringe element, a radical sect, a bastardization and corruption of the Muslim faith. After the better part of several years of casual study of Islamic culture, I was stunned and saddened to come to the conclusion that while only a fraction of Muslims physically carry out attacks on those of other faiths, their violence is entirely supported by their scriptures, their clergy, and culture.
The unmistakable conclusion that I arrived at was that Islam had chosen to be violently incompatible with every other belief system on out planet, and that it could not experience a reformation. It was inherently cancerous. It’s a lot to swallow, the revelation that one of the world’s largest faiths is incompatible with the values you have been brought up to hold dear, and indeed, with larger humanist goals and the best interests of the species.
There are no nations on this early, not a single culture, that has been enriched by the spread or embrace of Islam. It seeks at it’s core to return the world to be belief system oppressive and violent, reactionary and crude. It enslaves women. It restricts freedom. It glorifies barbarism.
I know that there are those around the world that would like to believe that the problem other cultures have with Islam is one of communication, of understanding. That simply isn’t the case.
Islam tells us, and has been telling us, precisely what it believes for 1,400 years. They are honest about their drive for suppression and oppression of all other faiths, their contempt for human rights, and desire for conquest.
Perhaps it is time we listen to what they’ve been telling us, and form a coherent and logical response, on par to the British eradication of the Thuggee.