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Monday, February 20, 2006

It was bound to happen

People are rethinking tolerance of muslims, and the sad part is, they may be justified in doing so! sigh....


At 2/20/2006 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Blogspat said...

Actually I am rethinking my tolerance towards all RELIGION! (Not meaning belief). Too often it has been a tool to misuse by power seeking people.

At 2/20/2006 12:02:00 PM, Anonymous ccn said...

I totally agree with "blogspat"
All religious people should, lay down the religion vail, at least for a month or two, to look at the world through not-religious colered eyes. I dare them, it has become a pacifier rather than a guideline.

At 2/20/2006 01:25:00 PM, Anonymous questioner said...

Hi SM,
I'm afraid I have to disagree when you say people MAY BE justified. I'd say we definitely are. With muslims in virtually every country, the opportunities for murder and mayhem can affect us all and can't be ignored. This stupid cartoon business had persuaded millions of people that modern Islam as defined by those in position to do so (Imams, mullahs, teachers, and so-called "Islamic scholars" (an oxymoron if ever there was one) or whatever) is an intolerant, murderous, unreasoning, vindictive, humorless cult. It may have been otherwise in times past, but Islam has been hijacked by the crazies. I wish that muslims with functional brains such as you, BP, and ITM, could turn things around, but only those in charge have that ability, and they don't seem to be the least bit interested. Quite the opposite. If so many muslims get this worked up over a cartoon, what will they do when something significant happens? Isn't it interesting how the rioters yap that god is great, but don't think god has the ability to take out a few cartoonists if he's really offended? Why is it up to a bunch of out-of-control muslims to decide what god wants? Why do they think that god is powerless and needs their miserable help? Senseless.

At 2/20/2006 03:20:00 PM, Blogger Josie said...

Blogspat said: "Actually I am rethinking my tolerance towards all RELIGION! (Not meaning belief)."

Blogspat, if you don't mean belief, what do you mean?

At 2/20/2006 04:33:00 PM, Blogger Blogspat said...

I respect and understand people's belief in the devine. It is personal.
Organized religion where sacred books or their likes are being (mis)interpreted by "experts" and (blindly) followed by masses is testing my tolerance at the moment.
It seems that every religion, no matter the intention, somehow gets misused.
If you state that it isn't religion that is the problem but people - we mean the same thing - I just am saying that religion is the tool.

At 2/21/2006 02:41:00 PM, Blogger Josie said...

Blogspat says: "If you state that it isn't religion that is the problem but people - we mean the same thing - I just am saying that religion is the tool."

Well that is what I thought you were trying to say - because people will misuse whatever's convenient, and sometimes religion is convenient. Sometimes it's something else. So while it's true that that "every religion, no matter the intention, somehow gets misused," that is true about everything else too. Take the word "religion" out of that sentence and insert anything else: power, money, anything. Whatever "it" is, it somehow gets misused... sometime, by somebody. But of course, not all the time, by everybody. It's just the religion right now is in the front of your mind.

At 2/21/2006 02:49:00 PM, Blogger Josie said...

Oops, forgot to say... if you look at the "religion" tool, the real goal is not a religious one at all. The ultimate goal is the gain and misuse of power. See Henry the 8th, the Inquisition, Communism.


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