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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:47 AM
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Our Own Worst Enemy
NEW YORK -- If I werent a Muslim and didnt know better, Id think Muslims really do come with a grenade at the end of their turbans -- as portrayed in the infamous 2005 Danish cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

Danish police arrested three Muslims earlier this year for allegedly plotting to kill the 73-year-old cartoonist behind that caricature of the Prophet that appeared in 2005.

It would be tempting to believe that our holy book, the Quran, really was a fascist violence-baiting manifesto, as a right-wing Dutch politician claims in a forthcoming film that deliberately heightens European terror fears. After all, it seems as if the default setting for Muslim reactions these days is violence and more violence.

A Berlin gallery opened an exhibit last month that Muslims found offensive, some threatened it with... guess what? Yep. Violence.

http://www.agenceglobal.com/Article.asp?Id=1506
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Alameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:52 PM
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1. It is not that WE are our own worst enemy
It is how things are spotlight. If you consider how many Muslims there are in the world, the reaction of a few falls more into perspective. Just who are these people who are reacting in such a manner? May it be that they are being prodded and provoked? Of course the reaction is not at all a good one, but it makes me wonder why now?
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:01 AM
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2. A question for you, Phx_Dem...
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 02:03 AM by Violet_Crumble
I've noticed that you've posted one or two articles that are negative about Islam and which tend to focus to the exclusion of much else on violence within the religion. I hope you don't mind me asking, but from one non-Muslim to another, are you participing in this group to learn about Islam from Muslim DUers?
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-11-08 12:50 PM
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This post is not appropriate for this forum. Please read Skinner's pinned thread at forum top. Heck, I'll include it here:

The DU Muslim/Islam Group is for those who wish to hold respectful discussions of the beliefs of Islam and Muslims, share faith experiences, discuss Islamaphobia, post prayer/dua requests, discuss the Islamic faith, traditions, religious heroes, etc., talk about Muslim and Islamic education or organizations, or in any way positively explore issues having to do with Islam. This is also a place to discuss issues such as holiday preparations, food, and other fun things.

Participants need not be practicing Muslims but should be respectful of the beliefs and structures of the religion, especially in advocating any changes in religious practices.

This group is intended to be a venue for those who desire to discuss stated topics and is not intended as a forum to argue against Muslims, or Islam, in general.

We welcome discussion about Islamic nations and their roles in the world. However, this group is not intended to be a place to "rally the troops" for a posting in the Israeli/Palestinian forum or other forums. As per DU rules, bigotry (anti-Jewish or Anti-Arab or Islamophobia) will not be tolerated. Discussions about Muslim or Islamic countries and their relations with Israel and other nations should be respectful.
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