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Bret Burquest

Converting to Islam

Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 6:11 PM
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  • I'm an atheist and you won't find me defending religion often. However I find your article to be venomously Islamophobic and short-sighted.

    You cherry-pick a few terror attacks from history and use them to justify your attack on Islam. You fail to mention IR655 (ostensibly the REASON for Lockerbie), but that was an 'accident' perpetrated by the Americans so that's fine. Although no terror attack can be justified, context is important.

    The elephant in the room that you ignore is the dizzying amount of innocent people that have been killed by Neo-con Christian terrorists in the USA. 1.3 million in Iraq along in the most recent war. Are you going to eschew American values and attack Christianity the same?

    No, you're not. Your hypocrisy dumbfounds me and this is the last of your articles I will read; I feel that your views can safely be ignored.

    -- Posted by lucidnitram on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 6:05 AM
  • To lucidnitram

    While I don't consider myself an atheist, I do enjoy the chosen ignorance of Agnosticism.

    Like you, while reading the article I kept waiting for the typical Christian, Neo-Con response one expects to find in a paper like this. But he never mentioned Christianity because it was an article about Islamic Fundamentalism. I would hardly call nine, factual instances of Islamic terrorism in the last forty years cherry-picking. And he does go on to say that he'll "stick with freedom from (of) religion instead," which I interpreted as a comment on the inherent ridiculousness that the basic tenets of Islam entail, as well as those of Christianity.

    There exists today a knee-jerk reaction in the minds of the educated that ideologically the only things that can be considered wrong are the values on which you were raised. It reeks of spoiled, politically correct, American intellectualism. While diversity and tolerance are important when it comes to viewing things like Islamic Fundamentalists, we as a society should never tolerate intolerance. That being said, the Muslim faith is wrong. So is Christianity. And Judaism. And Buddhism. That's right. Even Buddhism. Religion is wrong.

    -- Posted by youln on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 6:55 PM
  • Youln,

    I feel that writing an article about Islamic terrorism while ignoring Christian terrorism shows a lack of objectivity, and simply a desire to target Islam. Why attack Islam for its contributions to terror when Christianity has contributed far more?

    If one doesn't agree that that is the case, one simply needs to compare the death toll of the 9 events listed above (and in fact all Islamic terror acts in recent history), with the 1.3 million killed in Iraq in Bush's Crusade. Not to mention the countless other wars of aggression fought by the USA, drone attacks in Pakistan etc.

    I wholly agree with your final paragraph.

    -- Posted by lucidnitram on Sat, Nov 7, 2009, at 6:08 PM
  • Converting to Islam

    I am writing this messange because I have a very big problem. My name is Giovanni and since last month I have decided that I wanted to convert to Islam. I have a friend his name is Essam Khalaf Naguib Gerguis that I have always considered as a brother and him too. He is a christian orthodox Egyptian. Since the day I told him that I wanted to become a muslim I have received death threats from him. He is currently in Canada and I am in Egypt and fortunately we are far from each other but he says that he has hired someone from his family in Egypt to kill me. He is serious about it. He says his relative will not stop until he finds me and kills me. I really do not know what to do. I really feel that he is serious about it. Since he is not a canadian citizen yet I was thinking to advise immigration Canada about his threats. I was also thinking to let the federal police of Egypt know about that. I am waiting for any comments that could be of any help.


    -- Posted by gioquebec on Sun, Jul 4, 2010, at 9:22 AM
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