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    The Voice of Moderation (Islam)

    Many Americans, left and right, seem to assume that it somehow "right" to burn and loot in the name of the Koran. But, think what you do about whether US policy "disrespected" the Koran, I thought this person, who asks how rampaging and burning ensures dignity and respect, prepared a rather interesting article:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...619415,00.html

    ďWhat do you expect?Ē my critics will declare. ďAbusing the Koran is like abusing basic human rights. If youíre a good Muslim, your very identity and dignity are bound up in revering the Koran. Itís the literal word of God. Unsullied. Untouched. Unedited. Unlike the other holy books.Ē

    Sorry. That argument just doesnít wash. One can appreciate the Koranís inherent worth, as I do, while recognising that it contains ambiguities, inconsistencies, outright contradictions ó and the possibility of human editing.
    When people are indoctrinated to believe that certain dimensions of religion are off-limits to questions, it doesnít take much to incite violence ó or to withhold forgiveness. In the Nigerian case, even though the offending newspaper apologised three times, Muslim protesters set its offices ablaze. Weeks earlier, the same columnist had scolded Christians and invoked the name of Christ along the way. Nobody died.

    Muslims worldwide are organising demonstrations for the end of this month against those who insult Islam. They will peacefully protest against not just the possibility of the Koranís desecration at Guantanamo, but also proven torture at Abu Ghraib and civil rights violations suffered by Muslims in the United States. They have every right to condemn these injuries.

    Will they also speak out against the bloody, fiery riots that, in the name of honouring Islam, are killing an increasing number of Muslims and non-Muslims? Itís a question worth asking.

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    Muslims worldwide are organising demonstrations for the end of this month against those who insult Islam. They will peacefully protest against not just the possibility of the Koranís desecration at Guantanamo, but also proven torture at Abu Ghraib and civil rights violations suffered by Muslims in the United States. They have every right to condemn these injuries.

    Will they also speak out against the bloody, fiery riots that, in the name of honouring Islam, are killing an increasing number of Muslims and non-Muslims? Itís a question worth asking.
    Will they invite Hersi Ali or Irshad Manji? Be open to "liberals" speaking their minds and voicing their concerns about civil rights and obligations within Islam? What about discouraging rates of illiteracy among females in Arabia? Human rights abuses on Sudanese blacks and Christians?

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    Quote Originally posted by The Irish One
    Will they invite Hersi Ali or Irshad Manji? Be open to "liberals" speaking their minds and voicing their concerns about civil rights and obligations within Islam? What about discouraging rates of illiteracy among females in Arabia? Human rights abuses on Sudanese blacks and Christians?
    Nah, all of this is imperialist, decadent Western impositions.

    (Sorry. Being an equal opportunity basher today. Or channelling Gore Vidal )

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