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The myth of Islamic tolerance.

It is nothing short of staggering that the myth of Islamic tolerance could have gained such currency in the teeth of Muhammad’s open contempt and hatred for Jews and Christians, incitements of violence against them, and calls that they be converted or subjugated. While human nature is everywhere the same and Muslims can, of course, act as tolerantly as anyone else, the example of Muhammad, the highest model for human behavior, constantly pulls them in a different direction.

The fact that Western analysts continue to ignore all this demonstrates the ease with which people can be convinced of something they wish to believe, regardless of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Robert Spencer ~~ The Truth about Muhammad (2006)

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  1. Re v
    June 24, 2008 at 4:39 AM

    Hey Mike,

    I’m a long time reader and few time commenter. I live with Mulisms and i often think about how both sides perceive each-other.

    I find it curious that we want to go after their prophet… knowing that in a largely honor/shame culture nothing can be more offensive to them than the statement quoted above.

    We have the propensity to brush off their anger and sensibility and say, “Truth is truth… and if you are angry with me for that statement then you just prove that statement is correct!”

    Look… one false religion is just as dark as the next. Why does it seem that we are interested in scaring people with the darkness of Islam and not… Hinduism… Humanism etc. ?

    A lot of people reading your blog probably don’t have many muslim friends… but even if they did would this kind of dialogue help us to actually have a meaningful talk with our muslim friends? If you go after their guy, well… they will no hear you, they will hear the noise of your insult not the reasonableness of your speech.

    Take your cues from Muslims themselves. How many Muslims do you know that actually make the morality of their prophet their talking point? Muslims believe their guy is the seal of the prophets, but they are weary to enter to faith conversation saying, “examine this man, you cannot find anything wrong with him”. Christians on other hand are confident to make that dare about Jesus saying.

    The reason they don’t talk about their guy is because a lot of Muslims come from a face saving culture. They don’t want to talk about their guy because…. well… it would be easier for them if they didn’t have to defend him. And if you all of a sudden bring up the moral character of their prophet while they don’t talk about it, and you flaunt the chink in their armor. If you choose to do that i hope you are close enough to that person so he sees your honest concern rather than just hear insult.

  2. June 24, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    I sure appreciate your comments! Actually I agree with everything you said… That makes me wonder why I put this on the blog. One thought I had is that this sentence has a double meaning for me:

    “The fact that Western analysts continue to ignore all this demonstrates the ease with which people can be convinced of something they wish to believe, regardless of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”

    I see that in trying to explain house churches from those in the traditional ones.

    Once again thanks for writing and calling me up short.

    Jeff

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