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Hating Islam March 29, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous.
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Why are Westerners so anti-Islam?

I think the answer lies in the way Muslim countries are reported on in the media and the way some Muslims react to seemingly inert incidents.

Case in point: the Afghan Christian convert. This guy was going to be executed and though he was eventually released, likely due to international pressure, including that from the United States, these kind of incidents cannot help but reflect badly in a predominantly Christian West.

Today I read yet another story that reflects badly on Islam. An Indian man uttered the word divorce in his sleep and local religious leaders told the couple that it amounted to a divorce under Islamic law. This seems ridiculous because it is. The couple is not complying with the ruling, which in effect stated that the couple must seperate for 100 days, the woman had to spend a night with another man, divorce him and then, and only then, they could remarry. Huh?

Honor killings, executions of converts and the above Indian incident are just a few of the reasons that I think so many Westerners, especially Americans, have such a negative perception of Islam.

The problem is that not all Muslims are as extreme as those reported on in the above incidents. So American Muslims, European Muslims and other Muslims worldwide are forced to deal with the transgressions of their faith in nations half a world away, not really fair is it?

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