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Old 02-15-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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some of the political pundits' commentaries about the thrreat of a Muslim ideological takeover in Egypt and more recently in Iran should be tempered with some common sense and a reality check. Specifically, the long-suppressed folks in these old dictatorial thuggocracies and theocracies are reacting, finally, to the hugely barbaric regimes of old. Egypts' Mubarak who operated in the mold of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iran's thug dictator Amadinejad and others...

They all represent something to be shunned forever more. I see women in the streets finally shedding their gender-oppressive Burkahs, and people not necessarily bowing down to the East. And Twitter comments and political blogs (all being temporarily suppressed...) coming to life.

So, if Islam assumes (as the muslim Brotherhood has in Egypt) that they are the logical successors, they may well be in for a surprise. Given Islam's stubborn resistance to change, or to any modernization in their precepts, including their stalwart adherence to "the ancient proven ways of Allah!" (public beating of women and petty thieves, for instance, and the obviously Chauvinist thinking of their Mullahs), it would come as no surprise to me that their option will also be totally rejected.

Therefore, I'll also predict that those extremist Muslim operatives will come up with some "tag", some defamatory definition, or a "flag" for those who simply seek an honest secular (i.e.: freedom of religion) democracy. That definition will allow the focused persecution of those types, in order that Islam might prevail. By ugly force if necessary.

Unfortunately, the Internet, global communication and access by the oppressed of this shrinking world to media visions of political and religious freedom, as exemplified in the West, cannot be suppressed forever. In effect, democracy and political freedom cannot be so easily suppressed, and this alone will be the cause of the eventual downfall of organized and repressive religions.

Be careful what you wish for, Islam!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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You do understand that the hundreds of thousands of people who are protesting for democratic freedom in both Egypt and Iran are Muslims too? I don't think they're planning on abandoning their faith. Just like any religion, you have moderates, and you have radical extremists--Christians have them too. Right now Iran is controlled by radical extremist Muslims. If they get rid of the theocratic government, that doesn't mean they'll give up on being Muslims. It just means that the nuts won't be in control and they can hopefully practice the faith they choose privately (or not at all), in the manner they wish, and with freedom.
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Freedom and religion coexisting = an oxymoron.
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