Religious Tolerance: Islam vs. Other Religions
Posted in the India Forum
#1 Sep 1, 2008
While discussing the violence aspect of religious texts, Goldberg wrote,
"At one time or another all religions have been nasty. For all of the passages in the Koran that have been used to justify violence, one can just as easily find passages in the Jewish or Christian Bibles justifying violence. The difference is that Europeans and Americans, broadly speaking, no longer have the desire to use religion to justify violence. Vast numbers of Arabs, North Africans and East Asians still do. Our inquisitions are in the past, their inquisitions happen every day. Much of Muslim world simply lives in a different time than in the West. Oh sure, some of the big cities, with their cars and satellite dishes, may look modern. But their culture is horribly behind the times."
In other words, Goldberg is implying that people of Jewish and Christian faith may not take their respective religions quite literally. For many of them, they may accept their texts with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, for millions of people of Islamic faith, blasphemy is such a buzzword that it can trigger a violent outburst autonomously in no seconds.
Some analysts may blame this mindset as the main hindrance to progress in Muslim societies. The Hindus have their share of intolerance in the age-old inhuman caste system in the societal domain. Nevertheless, they are showing more and more signs of tolerance in their antiquated belief system. When an Indian artist of Muslim heritage drew a nude portrait of a Hindu Goddess who personifies art and education, there was an outcry in parts of India. But soon the controversy subsided and the artist is now alive and well roaming freely all over India.
#2 Oct 21, 2008
If we look around the world at existing wars(struggles) Islam is at the bottom of most wars. Does that mean that all others are intolarent of Islam or that Islam is against all others. South Africa was not a member of the UN or was generally condemned by other countries for having appartied (seperate but equal) However a lot of countries members of the UN have religious seperation in some cases no freedom, education medical care. Because they are none Muslim.
#3 Nov 11, 2009
Islam teaches violence. Muslim went all through out the world plundering, looting and converting people by force.
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