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Subject: Intolerance in religion - is it a cyclical process?
capitalist72    2/2/2004 10:07:43 AM
Every major religion has gone through its period of extreme intolerance, barring perhaps Buddhism. Could it be that Islam, being a somewhat younger religion than others, is merely going through the same cycle and will emerge more progressive in the future?
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SGTObvious    RE:Intolerance in religion - is it a cyclical process?   2/2/2004 11:54:01 AM
I'm sure its possible. Christianity and Judaism both went through very violent phases that were later "hushed up". The problem is, given the time scales needed for Judaism (centuries) and Christianity (A millenium and a half) to calm down, can civilization afford to wait on Islam? Destructive power increases as technology advances. Are we willing to risk our grandchildren to a world in 2100 where the most brutal and heartless terrorists, nurtured under a religious system that feeds their hatreds with vengeance fantasies and promises of paradise, can threaten civilization with the unimaginable weapons that will exist a century from now? I may be a reactionary. But, given a choice between A) Islamic fanaticism is permitted to run its course, and might fade away, or might destroy Europe, and B) We destroy Islamic fanaticism, just to be on the safe side, I will go with B.
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evlstu    RE:Intolerance in religion - is it a cyclical process?   2/3/2004 11:13:38 AM
It not just a religeous thing, its a cultural thing. The most arrogant people (I'm being kind here) I have ever met are Arab Muslims. Not Turkish, Esat Asian, Indian, etc. Not Arab CHRISTIAN either. Just Arab Muslims.
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Basher    RE:Intolerance in religion - is it a cyclical process?   2/6/2004 12:37:16 AM
Interesting Evlstu. Yes, I have noticed that the original muslim stocks think an awful lot of themselves.
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