No really, Islam is a religion of peace…


The Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan is in turmoil. Although there is a German military base there, 600 soldiers have to patrol and defend an area the size of Massachusetts. The Taliban has been gaining ground rapidly, threatening to kill school girls if they try to attend class. School administrators are powerless to do anything about it, and scared parents are capitulating to the treats.

If you recall, the Taliban takes a very literal approach to the Qur’an, which discourages the education of women. The region right now is a mess, and if this trend continues, it is only a matter of time before these guys take over again.

Afghanistan is a complete mess of a country. The place has never (and I mean never) had a stable government for more than 60 years since the 11th century. Because each province is almost a miniature country in itself, small yet organized religious/paramilitary forces can impose their will on the population with little resistance.

All of this violence and conflict is entirely based on religion. Softies like Karen Armstrong might try to tell you that at their core, all religions preach peace, compassion and tolerance, but the true purpose of religion is control; Islam means submission, not compassion. In this case, the ability to control the population of Kunduz with fear, intimidation, and murder. Wow, what a religion of peace, eh?

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    Omar

    I’ve been a fan of the site (originally a fan of your other site) for a while, but I never bothered to comment before on your numerous factual errors. But you know what?… maybe it’s time.

    As a former Muslim (at least being labeled that way) and a former resident of Baghdad/Iraq, I can tell you that the Taliban are not taking the Quran literally regarding women education because it actually never preaches that. Islam in general is very high on education and preaches to pursue that from birth till death and never segregates between genders in this regard.

    Don’t mistake me for an apologist. Islam preaches beating non obedient wives, is disgusted of women genitalia and menstruation, gives women half a man’s vote in court, and tries really hard in other ways to show women’s inferiority to men… but never in education.

    Oh! and one more thing… after 24 years living in Iraq, I’m yet to see an actual camel. Contrary to your belief :p

    Keep up the good work.

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    Jacob Fortin

    From the translations I’ve read, the “education” of women was limited to the Qur’an alone. That is not education in my eyes. It’s merely indoctrination.

    thanks for your kind words. I’ll keep researching the issue.

  • avatar

    Omar

    I totally understand…

    One of the several misconceptions about Islam is it’s hostility against all sorts of education except for religious education. While it does strongly encourages religious studies, it also encourages all kinds of education as I mentioned in my previous post.

    The fact that some muslim societies only encourage religious studies and look down on female education is mostly a cultural view/stance, not religious. Though I’m sure it originated from religion.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Well, I don’t doubt that early Islam was really helpful in cultivating intellectualism. After all, there are more constellations with Arabic names than Greek ones.

    The problem lies in the facility in “interpreting” the texts. All it takes is the prevailing mentality to change before a massive shift occurs. How scary is it when what you believe cannot be questioned, and is the product of the interpretation of only a select few in positions of massive power?

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