Eric wrote:I think I know why they "hate" us and it doesn't have to do with neoconservative foreign intervention or "our freedom". It has to do with an intolerant worldview of a particular brand of Islam who basically has a grudge against Israel and the West because of perceived wrongdoings exploited by a Middle East media that spreads propaganda. Fair enough?
I'm aware of the West's activity and the actions they have taken in the Middle East (I don't entirely support them, for the record). It is not a very educated part of the world, so I think the fears and biases are exploited by the media and clergy that teach them to hate. Those particular Muslims are definitely bigoted and misogynist, so there's no getting around that.
Speaking of a broad brush...you can't paint the entire Middle East with that broad of a brush. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and UAE are very affluent and education like, many freedoms, abound. Saudi Arabia is more conservative than the others.
But I know for a fact that Doss is telling you facts on the Koran. I have read it. I was raised by Christian parents but didn't get a lot of lecture from them and rarely ever graced the doors of a church (and I watched much of the family in much discourse and argument over Biblical interpretation). I was 17 when I became a Christian. And I feel I have put my Christianity to the test, looked and read everywhere to see what others said and if they somehow may make a better point. (And took close examination of Christian, Denomination, and "Church" interpretations.) I can tell you the Koran doesn't make a better point at all. (It surprised me how awkwardly it read and handled many things being a sister religion with Christianity and Judaism.) I read the Koran, the Ghitas, the Analects, and studied atheist precepts and agnostic views. Nothing leaves you shaking your head like the Koran, some really good parts...but others, wow, sad!
Outside of really free living Islamic people who take some parts of the Koran with a grain of salt. (Where they consider putting the Infidels to the sword as the old world way for the initial spread of Islam in a predominantly heathen and violent world. Some consider the infidel as to mean heathen only. Others that pay little head to the daily Jihad we see just aren't that "religious" in practice...they ave them too.) But I am rather sure a majority of Muslims of lesser developed countries either back the terrorists or are sympathetic to the cause. Those primarily being the countries with Islam being the majority of people and surround Israel (about 1.2 Billion people) from Somalia and Morocco all the way to Pakistan. It is probably understated that a few don't want terrorism and really don't want us in their country either. Others are really just trying to keep up a world view of being against Terror...and do this only as a tool for long term support of Jihad. Lying is just fine when it comes to Jihad.
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