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"While I came out firmly against Quran burning (and honestly, who wouldn't?)"

Well, Lawrence Auster is one who was positive, and I have to agree with him:

"At the very least, one must say that [Terry] Jones's planned act is not mindless. He is performing a certain act, and he has laid out his reasons for performing it. His reasons are that Islam is anti-Christ, anti the West, anti liberty, and anti human decency. His view is that Islam is a danger to everything we cherish and everything we are. By burning a Koran, he is expressing his complete rejection of Islam, and causing other people to think about why he is rejecting Islam. Since I myself believe and have frequently stated that Islam does not belong in the West, how can I condemn a man who is expressing the same idea through a strong symbolic act? An act that is not illegal and is not harming anyone. An act that will force people to think--is Islam the enemy of ourselves and of everything we cherish, or not? Does Islam belong among us, or not?

People are saying that the Koran burning will cause Muslims to kill innocent people. Perhaps it will. But the Danish cartoons caused Muslims to kill innocent people. Islam demands aggressive war against non-Muslims, including the killing of innocents, because from the Muslim point of view there is no such thing as an innocent non-Muslim. The clearest and most frequently repeated message of the Koran, appearing on almost every page, is that all non-Muslims are guilty of the monstrous crime of rejecting Allah and his prophet, and thereby deserve death and eternal torture. Why should we respect such a book? Why should we respect such a religion? Sooner or later, people in the West (and people in the non-Muslim world generally) must come to recognize the nature and teachings of Islam. They can have that recog[n]ition sooner, and prevent much violence, or they can have that recognition much later, only after Muslims have gained substantial power over our societies and get in a position to harm anyone who opposes them. My view is: the sooner the truth comes out, the better; the sooner things come to a head, the safer we will be."


The Viking

Ehh, I tend to disagree with you there that Islam doesn't belong in the West. I think that fundamentalist Islam does not belong in the West, and therein lies the problem. There are plenty of good, decent, western Muslims who have nothing to do with the types of people who are our enemy.

One of the big issues is that Islamic fundamentalism is almost the only way to go if you are a Muslim and you want to be devout, because unlike Judaism and Christianity, Islam still hasn't gone through a reformation. The Quran is over a millenium old, obviously fundamentalist readings of the Quran will be a problem in this modern day, just as fundamental readings of the Torah or Christian Bible would seem draconian.

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