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Reason Ten to Burn a Qur’an

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

More fun Islamaphobia from Florida, a place so crazy it has its own tag on Fark.com. And the only state that can claim a bombing of a Mosque.

Reason Ten: Islam is a weapon of Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism. Wherever Islam has or gains political power, Christians, Jews and all non-Moslems receive persecution, discrimination, are forced to convert. There are massacres and churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship are destroyed.

Let's unpack this shall we?

Islam is a weapon of Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism.

Right. Arab and Islamic countries have done really well recently in the whole colonialism and imperialism sphere. I mean, 1916, the Arab regions of the Ottoman Empire made out like bandits in the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which granted them a united state free from French and British colonial control. Or, like, umm, the union between Egypt and Syria proved so successful between 1958 and 1961 that the United Arab Republic grew to include all Arabic speaking countries today. And Saddam Hussein was able to merge Iraq and Kuwait pretty smoothly in 1991.

Wherever Islam has or gains political power, Christians, Jews and all non-Moslems receive persecution, discrimination, are forced to convert.

Sura 3:84
Say: We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their descendents, and that which has been vouchsafed by their Sustainer unto Moses and Jesus and all the prophets: we make no distinction between any of them.

Sura 5:48
And if God had so willed, He would surely have made you a single community [religion]: but [He willed it otherwise] in order to test you by means of what he has vouchsafed unto you. Vie, then, with one another in doing good works! Unto God you must all return; and then He will make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ

Sura 5:69
Surely, be they of those who declare faith [in Islam], or be they of those who are Jews or the Sabaeans or the Christians [or of another faith] — whoever truly and sincerely believes in God and the Last Day and does good, righteous deeds — they will have no fear, nor will they grieve [i.e. they will go to Paradise].

So persecution of Christians and Jews isn't in the Qur'an.

It did happen, of course. Spain is a good example. The Umayyad caliphate in Spain did, at times, pressure Jews and Christians to convert, and all non-Muslims in nearly all pre-Modern Islamic states had to pay a tax called a jizya to retain their religious status. In exchange, they were exempt from military service, could manage their own legal system, and were exempt from zakat, a tax that is all but compulsory on all Muslims.

Continuing with Spain: After the Reconquista, Spain's Catholic rulers initially offered Grenadan Muslims a similar deal of paying taxes for protection and retaining their religious identity (Jews were kicked out). Then the Christian rulers of Grenada changed their minds, and said "convert or die (or get out)." A century later, the Christian rulers of Spain said, "umm, yeah, we don't care that your great-grandparents converted and that you've been Catholic since birth. All y'all can get the fuck out." 

Where did most of Spain's Jews go? The Ottoman Empire. Where they would actually be protected compared to Christian Europe. I'll make a blanket statement here: it was safer to be a Jew in the Middle-East than in Europe from 300 CE until 1948 CE.

There are massacres and churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship are destroyed.

Because this didn't happen when the Crusaders took Jerusalem in 1099; Martin Luther didn't advocate that Synagogues should be burned and Jews massacred; and there were never any pogroms against Jews in Christian Russia. None at all.

People do horrible shit in the name of God (or some other creed). Doesn't matter which religion. If there's a religion, people have done horrible shit to each other in that religion's name.

Pot calling the kettle black, Florida dude.

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