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Are Muslims Really That Sensitive About Mohammed?
Religion can be a deeply sensitive issue to an individual or a culture. But, all religions preach tolerance, not just of other religions, but for those not of their religion. Yet, Islam and their Muslim followers have shown that their religion is intolerant of those not part of it. Whether it is their extremist element within their group making it appear so, or not, to most of us outside of this religion, the religion seems very intolerant and biased in many of their beliefs laid down by Mohammed, their prophet. Islam seems like a a religion that promotes bashing and war against anyone who does not partake in it as their belief. Infidels, those who are in other religions, are often targeted in a variety of subtle or not subtle ways in a Muslim country. Some countries are more extreme than others, but there is a common thread of just bad blood for those not of the Islamic faith or Muslim.
The recent uprising in the Middle East against anything American because of a cheesy, low budget, stupid, PG film clip only proves how intolerant Muslims and Islam is of ANY satire or critical negativity regarding their religion and Mohammed, who in the Christian world, is akin to Jesus, the son of God. Are Muslims so insecure in their religion that any negative portrayal of Mohammed or aspects of its religion (beheadings, stoning, treating women as slaves and second class citizens, and many other degrading customs) that they resort to violence and murder? The more moderate Muslims are afraid to speak out for being more tolerant because of the extremists they know will silence them with coercion and bullying. Even within Islam, the moderate Muslims are afraid of their own more fundamentalists\extremist believers. What kind of a religion is this? How can anyone really think this is a religion from God? A God so intolerant, extreme, and fear? To anyone not of this religion, it surely seems so.
To most outside of the religion, it seems like a religion that was created by man or group of men. The origins of Islam and Christianity have very similar parallels, to the point that is uncanny. Did Islam copy Christianity? I mean, there is Jesus, son of God, on Earth, spreading the word in the Middle East. Then, there is Islam, with Prophet Mohammed, doing the same thing in the same area or near it. That is where the similarity ends. Jesus spoke against violence and always love and peace to even your enemies. Women were not slaves of men. Every soul is worthy of God. Yet, Islam sounds more like the laws of tribal men leaders because there are so many "conditions" and odd rules that simply seem arbitrary and prejudicial for one reason or another. Islam treats its infidels or enemies with harshness and cruelty, much like warring tribes would. Jesus would say love them. Mohammed seems to say, destroy them or punish them.
Those who have only got democracy recently really have no clue about it. The right to vote is one of many elements. The concept of Freedom of Speech and Assembly, seems simply enough, until the attacks are personal. In the Middle East, this is where it all falls apart because politics and religion are intertwined with conflicting beliefs.
I wish the moderate Muslims would speak loudly that negative statements about Islam or Mohammed are simply opinion and it is okay and not begin murdering innocents in the name of Allah, because I do not believe Allah would condone this at all.