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A Memo To American Muslims (This Man Says It All..Bravo)
Glocal Eye ^ | 16 Oct 2001 | Dr. Muqtedar Khan

Posted on 10/16/2001 1:36:59 PM PDT by MoJo2001

In the name of Allah, the most Benevolent and the Most Merciful. May this memo find you in the shade of Islam enjoying the mercy, the protection and the grace of Allah.

I am writing this memo to you all with the explicit purpose of inviting you to lead the American Muslim community in soul searching, reflection and reassessment.

What happened on September 11th in New York and Washington DC will forever remain a horrible scar on the history of Islam and humanity. No matter how much we condemn it, and point to the Quran and the Sunnah to argue that Islam forbids the killing of innocent people, the fact remains that the perpetrators of this crime against humanity have indicated that their actions are sanctioned by Islamic values.

The fact that even now several Muslim scholars and thousands of Muslims defend the accused is indicative that not all Muslims believe that the attacks are unIslamic. This is truly sad.

Even if it were true that Israel and the US are enemies of the Muslim World, wonder what is preventing them from unleashing their nuclear arsenal against Muslims, a response that mercilessly murders thousands of innocent people, including hundreds of Muslims is absolutely indefensible. If anywhere in your hearts there is any sympathy or understanding with those who committed this act, I invite you to ask yourself this question, would Muhammad (pbuh) sanction such an act?

While encouraging Muslims to struggle against injustice (Al Quran 4:135), Allah also imposes strict rules of engagement. He says in unequivocal terms that to kill an innocent being is like killing entire humanity (Al Quran 5:32). He also encourages Muslims to forgive Jews and Christians if they have committed injustices against us (Al Quran 2:109, 3:159, 5:85).

Muslims, including American Muslims have been practicing hypocrisy on a grand scale. They protest against the discriminatory practices of Israel but are silent against the discriminatory practices in Muslim states. In the Gulf one can see how laws and even salaries are based on ethnic origin. This is racism, but we never hear of Muslims protesting against them at International fora.

The Israeli occupation of Palestine is perhaps central to Muslim grievance against the West. While acknowledging that, I must remind you that Israel treats its one million Arab citizens with greater respect and dignity than most Arab nations treat their citizens. Today Palestinian refugees can settle and become citizens of the United States but in spite of all the tall rhetoric of the Arab world and Quranic injunctions (24:22) no Muslim country except Jordan extends this support to them.

While we loudly and consistently condemn Israel for its ill treatment of Palestinians we are silent when Muslim regimes abuse the rights of Muslims and slaughter thousands of them. Remember Saddam and his use of chemical weapons against Muslims (Kurds)?. Remember Pakistani army’s excesses against Muslims (Bengalis)?. Remember the Mujahideen of Afghanistan and their mutual slaughter? Have we ever condemned them for their excesses? Have we demanded international intervention or retribution against them? Do you know how the Saudis treat their minority Shiis? Have we protested the violation of their rights? But we all are eager to condemn Israel; not because we care for rights and lives of the Palestinians, we don’t. We condemn Israel because we hate “them".

Muslims love to live in the US but also love to hate it. Many openly claim that the US is a terrorist state but they continue to live in it. Their decision to live here is testimony that they would rather live here than anywhere else. As an Indian Muslim, I know for sure that nowhere on earth, including India, will I get the same sense of dignity and respect that I have received in the US. No Muslim country will treat me as well as the US has. If what happened on september 11th had happened in India, the biggest democracy, thousands of Muslims would have been slaughterred in riots on mere suspicion and there would be another slaughter after confirmation. But in the US, bigotry and xenophobia has been kept in check by media and leaders. In many places hundreds of Americans have gathered around Islamic centers in symbolic gestures of protection and embrace of American Muslims. In many cities Christian congregations have started wearing hijab to identify with fellow Muslim women. In patience and in tolerance ordinary Americans have demonstrated their extraordinary virtues.

It is time that we acknowledge that the freedoms we enjoy in the US are more desirable to us than superficial solidarity with the Muslim World. If you disagree than prove it by packing your bags and going to whichever Muslim country you identify with. If you do not leave and do not acknowledge that you would rather live here than anywhere else, know that you are being hypocritical.

It is time that we faced these hypocritical practices and struggled to transcend them. It is time that American Muslim leaders fought to purify their own lot.

For over a decade we have watched as Muslims in the name of Islam have committed violence against other Muslims and other peoples. We have always found a way to reconcile the vast distance between Islamic values and Muslim practices by pointing out to the injustices committed upon Muslims by others. The point however is this – our belief in Islam and commitment to Islamic values is not contingent on the moral conduct of the US or Israel. And as Muslims can we condone such inhuman and senseless waste of life in the name of Islam?

The biggest victims of hate filled politics as embodied in the actions of several Muslim militias all over the world are Muslims themselves. Hate is the extreme form of intolerance and when individuals and groups succumb to it they can do nothing constructive. Militias like the Taliban have allowed their hate for the West to override their obligation to pursue the welfare of their people and as a result of their actions not only have thousands of innocent people died in America, but thousands of people will die in the Muslim World.

Already, half a million Afghans have had to leave their homes and their country. The war has not yet begun. It will only get worst. Hamas and Islamic Jihad may kill a few Jews, women and children included, with their suicide bombs and temporarily satisfy their lust for Jewish blood, but thousands of Palestinians then pay the price for their actions.

The culture of hate and killing is tearing away at the moral fabric of the Muslim society. We are more focused on “the other” and have completely forgotten our duty to Allah. In pursuit of the inferior jihad we have sacrificed the superior jihad.

Islamic resurgence, the cherished ideals of which pursued the ultimate goal of a universally just and moral society has been hijacked by hate and call for murder and mayhem. If Binladen were an individual then we would have no problem. But unfortunately Binladen has become a phenomenon -- a cancer eating away at the morality of our youth, and undermining the spiritual health of our future.

Today the century old Islamic revival is in jeopardy because we have allowed insanity to prevail over our better judgment. Yes, the US has played a hand in the creation of Binladen and the Taliban, but it is we who have allowed them to grow and gain such a foothold. It is our duty to police our world. It is our responsibility to prevent people from abusing Islam. It is our job to ensure that Islam is not misrepresented. We should have made sure that what happened on Sept. 11th should never have happened.

It is time the leaders of the American Muslim community woke up and realized that there is more to life than competing with the American Jewish lobby for power over US foreign policy. Islam is not about defeating Jews or conquering Jerusalem. It is about mercy, about virtue, about sacrifice and about duty. Above all it is the pursuit of moral perfection. Nothing can be further away from moral perfection than the wanton slaughter of thousands of unsuspecting innocent people.

I hope that we will now rededicate our lives and our institutions to the search for harmony, peace and tolerance. Let us be prepared to suffer injustice rather than commit injustices. After all it is we who carry the divine burden of Islam and not others. We have to be morally better, more forgiving, more sacrificing than others, if we wish to convince the world about the truth of our message. We cannot even be equal to others in virtue, we must excel.

It is time for soul searching. How can the message of Muhammad (pbuh) who was sent as mercy to mankind become a source of horror and fear? How can Islam inspire thousands of youth to dedicate their lives to killing others? We are supposed to invite people to Islam not murder them.

The worst exhibition of Islam happened on our turf. We must take first responsibility to undo the evil it has manifest. This is our mandate, our burden and also our opportunity.


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I did a search and didn't see this article. If it's been posted before, I apologize. But I commend him for being so honest. I've often wondered whether or not the American Muslim community leaders were ever truly "outraged" by what happened to us. Well, If you have a chance, please visit his website. He has stuff published on here before!!
1 posted on 10/16/2001 1:37:00 PM PDT by MoJo2001
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To: MoJo2001
Yes, this is very good but it has already been posted. Please do a search before posting something.

Thanks.

2 posted on 10/16/2001 1:42:27 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: Illbay
I did do a search and it came back with nothing. However, I wasn't able to get back on FreeRepublic for a few hours this week. Very weird issues with the ISP today. Figures, @home just isn't very reliable these days!
3 posted on 10/16/2001 1:45:36 PM PDT by MoJo2001
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To: Illbay
He said he did a search. Please read a post before telling someone not to post.

;-)

4 posted on 10/16/2001 1:45:41 PM PDT by Blueflag
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To: MoJo2001
WOW! That is beautiful. Will the Muslims listen?
5 posted on 10/16/2001 1:48:21 PM PDT by Dudoight
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To: MoJo2001
Did a search on 'memo' and 'muslim' and BANG!
6 posted on 10/16/2001 1:50:54 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
I for one, am glad it was reposted it, I missed it the first time around.
7 posted on 10/16/2001 1:52:31 PM PDT by Dudoight
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To: MoJo2001
There are so few Muslims like this.

If there are more, where have they been?

8 posted on 10/16/2001 1:54:34 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: MoJo2001
I appreciate his statements, however, I've yet to see any local arab muslims reach out to my community. They operate businesses and take our money but it's rare to see them interacting with Americans in any other situation. The silence of the very large arab muslim community is frightening. I find myself wondering if they were silently celebrating the deaths of innocent people on September 11th. Finding out that a local man, Herndon VA, was questioned by the FBI for delivering special batteries to the mass murderer, Osama, adds to the suspicion. They need to assimilate with non-muslims and learn to be respectful of other people.
9 posted on 10/16/2001 1:54:52 PM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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To: MoJo2001
How can the message of Muhammad (pbuh) who was sent as mercy to mankind become a source of horror and fear? How can Islam inspire thousands of youth to dedicate their lives to killing others? We are supposed to invite people to Islam not murder them.

As far as I have learned in recent weeks, the prophet Mohammed was a murdering military conquerer and a rapist. Correct me if I am wrong about that.

I am not a Christian, but I don't recall Jesus taking captives by force, spreading his word by the sword, and forcing women into his bed.

10 posted on 10/16/2001 1:57:04 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: MoJo2001
Great post!

Its about time that muslims, islamics, mohammedans or whatever they call themselves, stand with freedom and justice against the murdering lunatics that have been perpetrating terror throughout the world!

[freerepublic.com has been having some problems - it may not have been '@home'.]

11 posted on 10/16/2001 1:58:25 PM PDT by NoClones
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To: Blueflag; Illbay
Please do a search for complaints about a post before suggesting that complainers read a post before complaining about it, or before suggesting that a post or complaint be complained about before or after searching for posting complaints. ;D
12 posted on 10/16/2001 1:59:40 PM PDT by Sender
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To: MoJo2001
When President Bush called Islam a great religion he wasn't saying it was a true religion, only that it was a big one and that it was generally peaceful.
13 posted on 10/16/2001 2:00:40 PM PDT by biblewonk
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To: Maceman
I am not a Christian, but I don't recall Jesus taking captives by force, spreading his word by the sword, and forcing women into his bed.

Jesus did not.

Unfortunately, the Church in violation of his example and principles did just what you describe, for the better part of 1,600 years.

14 posted on 10/16/2001 2:02:27 PM PDT by Storm Orphan
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To: biblewonk
Dr. Khan has an interesting way of being objective ... The Israeli occupation of Palestine is perhaps central to Muslim grievance against the West. While acknowledging that, I must remind you that Israel treats its one million Arab citizens with greater respect and dignity than most Arab nations treat their citizens. The Semitic races of Jews and Arabs both derive from Abram/Abraham and thus Jewish presence in the area is as natural and un-occupational as it can be when viewed with the keen lens of human history. Actually, I would bet a man as brillaint as Dr. Khan would acknowledge the rightful place of Jews in the area, but that would be over the top if he's trying to reason with irrational Islamicists.
15 posted on 10/16/2001 2:06:07 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MoJo2001
Great Post! Thanks for posting.
16 posted on 10/16/2001 2:06:12 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Storm Orphan
Unfortunately, the Church in violation of his example and principles did just what you describe, for the better part of 1,600 years.

Tragically, you are right. But that is about the evil that men do, not about the core message of the religion, as is apparently the case with Islam.

17 posted on 10/16/2001 2:06:54 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: MoJo2001
Excellent article, I hope many Muslims and Muslim leaders read it.
18 posted on 10/16/2001 2:09:24 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: MoJo2001
A coupla items....all true....

NYPD cops guarding mosques in the city are totally ignored by the muslims they are guarding, no offers of a drink, to use the facilities, a simple hello or thank you

On LI an eigth grade teacher asked her class how this was being handled in the home. Some schoolmates had lost parents. A 13 year old muslim said that his family was "celebrating". This was @9/13. The kid has not been back to school yet.

Last week on Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, Queens the NYPD chased a car that ran a light. The two Afgan occupants were taken into custody after a small arsenal, multiple IDs and detailed info on bridges and tunnels were found in the car. They were taken to the pct. house on Austin Street where the FBI collected them.

All true...none made the news

19 posted on 10/16/2001 2:16:43 PM PDT by wtc911
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To: MoJo2001
Does anybody know whether the fellow who wrote this is the Billy Graham type of Muslim or the John Shelby Spong type of Muslim? I didn't see a lot of references to the Koran; might this perhaps mean that at its core, Islam is vicious and murderous, but that it can be to some extent modernized and socialized by liberal Islamic theologians to the point where fewer people get killed, as long as nobody really reads the Koran itself?
21 posted on 10/16/2001 2:24:21 PM PDT by Barak
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To: MoJo2001
While encouraging Muslims to struggle against injustice (Al Quran 4:135), Allah also imposes strict rules of engagement. He says in unequivocal terms that to kill an innocent being is like killing entire humanity (Al Quran 5:32). He also encourages Muslims to forgive Jews and Christians if they have committed injustices against us (Al Quran 2:109, 3:159, 5:85).

I think these 'examples that the author provided are misleading....for one, how does the Quran define an "innocent"? The so-called "unbeleivers" in the Quran are not "innocent". As a matter of fact, there is a passage with says that the "unbelievers" are the "vilest of animals" and that Allah would have made them able to see and hear (the word of Allah) except that he didn't 'give' that 'gift' to them because they are evil.

From the Quran:

Surah III
151. For we will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.

Surah IV
89. If they turn back, seize them and kill them wherever you find them.

Surah V
Do not take the Jews and Christians for friends, they are friends of each other....

Surah IX
5. So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush

22 posted on 10/16/2001 2:26:31 PM PDT by Born in a Rage
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To: MoJo2001
The point however is this – our belief in Islam and commitment to Islamic values is not contingent on the moral conduct of the US or Israel. And as Muslims can we condone such inhuman and senseless waste of life in the name of Islam?

Refreshing to say the least.

As far as this being a repost, so be it...I didn't catch it earlier, so how would I know about it?...I can't do a search on "Posts that nothingnew hasn't read", can I?

Thanks fer the post.

FMCDH

23 posted on 10/16/2001 2:27:09 PM PDT by nothingnew
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To: Barak
might this perhaps mean that at its core, Islam is vicious and murderous

Yep. I have been reading and thumbing through the Quran and there is no mention of love or peace anywhere in it.

24 posted on 10/16/2001 2:30:15 PM PDT by Born in a Rage
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To: Blueflag
See #6. I have a difficult time understanding how some people can claim "I did a search and didn't find anything" when I usually can.

FWIW, I HAVE posted duplicates before, when someone had posted an article using a DIFFERENT title (which is actually against the rules of FR etiquette).

25 posted on 10/16/2001 2:30:51 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: MoJo2001
I don't believe this guy is a Muslim. But I'll bump it anyway.
26 posted on 10/16/2001 2:31:17 PM PDT by lds23
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To: MoJo2001
bump
27 posted on 10/16/2001 2:38:19 PM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: MoJo2001
Thank you for reposting this. I had missed it earlier. Posting a good article twice is not over-posting :)
28 posted on 10/16/2001 2:39:59 PM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: MoJo2001
bump for later read
29 posted on 10/16/2001 2:41:59 PM PDT by 6ppc
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To: caddie
Shut up now, and get the hell out of America.

Care to follow your own advice? If not, then maybe you should go read the Constitution.

30 posted on 10/16/2001 2:43:59 PM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: lds23
Indian Muslem.

Indias solution to their Muslem problem was to slash off a huge chunck of their country and invite all Muslems in the country to live there. They then called it Pakistan. Didn't bring India the peace Ghandi thought it would though. I heard this on the radio the other night. Can anyone confirm its veracity?

31 posted on 10/16/2001 2:44:57 PM PDT by KDD
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To: Illbay
It was really just a joke. I have found most articles by search, but sometimes it misses. Enjoy FR
33 posted on 10/16/2001 2:57:48 PM PDT by Blueflag
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To: caddie
"It's too little, too late mullet, America hates you ...."

You out to be horsewhipped.

34 posted on 10/16/2001 3:04:05 PM PDT by Theresa
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To: caddie
Excuse me I mean to say You ought to be horsewhipped.
35 posted on 10/16/2001 3:06:04 PM PDT by Theresa
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To: caddie
Excuse me I meant to say You ought to be horsewhipped.
36 posted on 10/16/2001 3:06:19 PM PDT by Theresa
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To: MoJo2001
Well done ! Thanks for the post, Illbay notwithstanding.
37 posted on 10/16/2001 3:16:45 PM PDT by jimt
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To: caddie
It's too little, too late mullet, America hates you muslims and it will always be that way. Maybe if you had come out with this screed FOUR WEEKS ago it might have had some whiff of sincerity still attached to it. But, come on, you worthless towelhead.

Sorry, but caddie does not speak for America. America has a problem with radical islamic fundamentalists , she does not hate all muslims. You give freepers a bad name

38 posted on 10/16/2001 3:18:23 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Theresa
America hates you.

Speak for yourself !! Obviously your not a Christian, and this country of " ours," America " was built on Judeo Chrisitan values. You are not the spokesman for America, Americans or Christians.

40 posted on 10/16/2001 3:25:51 PM PDT by DreamWeaver
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To: Theresa; caddie
Theresa I owe you an apology, my reply was to Caddie Post # 20.

Caddie, my post was to you, a very hateful person, huh, and you have the nerve to talk about Muslim hate. Wow !

41 posted on 10/16/2001 3:34:31 PM PDT by DreamWeaver
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To: KDD
Indias solution to their Muslem problem was to slash off a huge chunck of their country and invite all Muslims in the country to live there. They then called it Pakistan. Didn't bring India the peace Ghandi thought it would though. I heard this on the radio the other night. Can anyone confirm its veracity?

Ghandi supported the partition of Indian into Muslim and Hindu states, knowing that if would mean the murder of Hindus at the hands of Muslims. Conservative Hindus opposed Ghandi's wreckless politics.

Muslims then proceeded to kill 1 million Hindus during the chaos of partition. Conservative Hindus hated Ghandi for letting this happen. That is why a Hindu assassinated him.

42 posted on 10/16/2001 3:36:02 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: MadelineZapeezda
"Sorry, but caddie does not speak for America. America has a problem with radical islamic fundamentalists , she does not hate all muslims. You give freepers a bad name"

A lot of people mean well. But Muslims hate Christians and Jews, that much is clear. Saying so is no more racist than saying the KKK hates blacks.
43 posted on 10/16/2001 3:43:35 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: KDD
According to my information, when the British left India, and It was declared a democracy, the Muslims thought that in a free country, they would not get their due respect as a religion because Muslims were only about 1/5th in population.
They felt that their great Muslim leaders would not get a chance to lead the independent India as a Prime Minister or as a President...therefore they demanded a seperate state/country where they could live and chose their own leaders from their own faith/religion.
I have watched the movie "Gandhi" that shows the kind of tension and concern on Gandhi's face when he learns that the Muslims want a seperate state/country. So the top leaders meet from both the major religions (Hindu & Islam) and draw a line thru the map of India which comes to be known as Pakistan.
What follows then is leaders from both the faiths appealing to their respective brothers and asking them to chose a side of that "line"/border so that they remain in Pakistan or India.
Interesting fact, is that even today, India has a larger population of Muslims living in India than the population of Muslims in Pakistan....
44 posted on 10/16/2001 3:52:01 PM PDT by WiseMen
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To: MoJo2001
Thanks for the post.

I wonder how widely read this author is?

45 posted on 10/16/2001 4:05:21 PM PDT by DB
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To: Storm Orphan
Unfortunately, the Church in violation of his example and principles did just what you describe, for the better part of 1,600 years.
He that hath a Gospel
For all earth to own--
Though he etch it on the steel,
Or carve it on the stone--
Not to be misdoubted
Through the after-days--
It is His Disciple
Shall read it many ways.
  --Rudyard Kipling

46 posted on 10/16/2001 4:17:22 PM PDT by steve-b
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To: Cernunnos
This is a prime contender for mouth-breating neanderthal statement of the week.

I hear that he's going to organize a book-burning... as soon as he discovers the secret of fire.

47 posted on 10/16/2001 4:19:32 PM PDT by steve-b
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To: stripes1776
Ghandi supported the partition of Indian into Muslim and Hindu states, knowing that if would mean the murder of Hindus at the hands of Muslims. Conservative Hindus opposed Ghandi's wreckless politics.

Muslims then proceeded to kill 1 million Hindus during the chaos of partition. Conservative Hindus hated Ghandi for letting this happen. That is why a Hindu assassinated him.

Gandhi supported this policy only very reluctantly, after mobs had made it clear there was no other alternative.

Hindu and (especially) Sikh extrremists apparently killed about as many Moslems during the partition violence as Hindus and Sikhs were killed by Moslems. No group came out of that mess looking very good.

It is totally disingenuous to portray the partition violence as exclusively or even primarily a Moslem phenomenon.

48 posted on 10/16/2001 4:23:27 PM PDT by Restorer
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I hear that he's going to organize a book-burning... as soon as he discovers the secret of fire.

Then there's that whole figuring out what a book is hurdle.

49 posted on 10/16/2001 4:24:03 PM PDT by Storm Orphan
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To: steve-b
phooey on rudyard kipling

one shot one kill.....

American Sniper

50 posted on 10/16/2001 4:25:10 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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