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Post time 2012-11-10 21:21:34 |Display all floors
I am interested in knowing what you guys think of the ongoing voilence in the Middle East.As you all know a cartoon was made (mocking the prophet).That caused a whole new uprise in violent attacks in so many countries even Qatar(the one country that was not affected by the Arab Spring).

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Post time 2012-11-12 00:17:28 |Display all floors
The violence in the Middle East, specifically the violence as a result of insults to prophet is basically a sign of Islam under attack by modern culture. When someone is connected emotionally with something it overcomes all reason and any contradictions they would see otherwise. This is seen not only with religion but also extreme nationalism.  This is cognitive dissonance (conflicting cognitions), seen best with Islamic protests in Australia where Muslims responded with violence to the prophet being called violent and Muslims attacking Western values that allow freedom of religion, homosexuality, pornography etc while forgetting these same values allow Muslims in Western nations far better rights than any nominal-muslim governed country. Islam is not suited to the modern world and like all religions, makes no rational or scientific sense, so when its ideas come under threat it can respond with the only means available, violence and emotional rejection of any opposing ideas. The world will be a much better place without religion. It is interesting how resilient the Islamic religion is. While other religions in most countries have declined as science and reason have become important, Islam has been growing. This growth corresponds with increased fundamentalism and ever more conservative Muslims. Muslims seem to become more and more conservative, with increased access to other influences and ideas. It seems that while other relgions decline, Islam becomes protected under a cloak of extremist irrationality.
I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them
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Post time 2012-11-13 00:59:10 |Display all floors
That is a very interesting and insightful view on things.I have personally experienced this in Qatar and I was shocked by the severety of it.The kids will even tell you the only way to solve issues is through voilence.It is so sad.They are kids of 12 and 13,even 11,they are in primary school and yet violence is no strange thing to them.It is just another normal everyday thing.The mentality does not matchthe religious beliefs ,the doctrine of Islam.As far as I know the fundamentals of Islam is peace and love.So I am confused.

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