Friday, December 21, 2007

Different in What Matters


Why, why, WHY is it that whenever someone who is Muslim, or has a Muslim-sounding name, does something… it’s automatically blamed on Islam? Every time I’m expected to condemn something done by a Muslim, I want to demand in turn that all Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Wiccans, Communists, Germans (on behalf of the Nazis), and Caucasians apologize and condemn every single crime committed by those who belong to their religious or ethnic group.

Isn't that an elaborate strawman?

I urge you to read more about Islam and Muslims (this website is a good start!), and better yet, to get to know Muslims personally. Discover for yourself how Muslims in Canada aren’t all that different from you. Yes, we may have some beliefs and practices that differ from yours, but in general we share many of the same values. Those “Judeo-Christian” values, based on the Ten Commandments, that I’m constantly told Canada was founded upon - guess what? Muslims believe in each and every one of the Ten Commandments too. Food for thought, eh?

These Islamic values are compatible with Canadian traditions to such a degree that just a couple of years ago the Ontario government allowed the use of the sharia regulations for family matters.

Oops, my bad.

What could be possibly wrong with a subset of laws that result in

  1. The death of 15 girls for not wearing the hijab.
  2. The bloody beatings of Iranian women for uppity behavior.
  3. The restriction of women's rights in matters of divorce.
  4. These lovely outcomes.

Perhaps Islamic values aren't shared by Canadians, eh?


Epaminondas said...

OK, I'll take up that cudgel from both sides ..
I reject and condemn in an unqualified manner the actions and reasoning of Baruch Goldstein and all who think like him.
I reject them as jews, and humans, they are a differnt species. I reject the idea that the bible is the imuutable word of god.

Anonymouse, ball's in your court...reject in an UNQUALIFIED MANNER, those who like Baruch Goldstein feel the holy land is a waqf guaranteed to them by god and which can never be given up by men, and all their actions and reasonings.
Reject the racist and hate inspired teachings in parts of the quran and hadiths as being unworthy of the idea of being the immutable words of a perfect being.


Anonymous said...

Mohammad and his companions broke every one of the ten commandments on a regular basis.

But lets not let facts get in the way.