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Islam Beliefs, Muslim Beliefs: Kill Infidels. True?
Islam - is it really a danger
It's all too difficult for me to believe, in my heart.
This doesn't just happen to me. I'm with a friend. We both have this simultaneous knowing and non-knowing about Islam. The beliefs expressed in the Qu'ran and other Islamic religious texts are so outrageous that it feels they can't be real: kill infidels and people who leave Islam. Stone for adultery, no matter how much the person repents. Make all non-Muslims submit to lower status and pay extra taxes.
It was the same way for me about feminism. I had a hard time taking feminism seriously because non-feminism seemed utterly outrageous. I grew up in a home where girls were considered equal to boys. (In fact, I rather feel my father believed girls were a bit superior to boys.) So non-feminism was as outrageous to me as many of the passages in the Qu'ran.
Still I became involved with feminism - I taught Women's Studies courses - because it became clear to me that there were actually a lot of barriers against women.
And I've likewise become involved with the counter-jihadi movement - in my words, with the pro-freedom, pro-flourishing movement - for the same reason. It's clear there is actually a major threat to the world I love and value - a world with ever increasing equality between women and men, between people of all races and sexual orientations.
But sometimes I have to act against something so astonishing to me that I can't quite believe it's real. It's a bit like being caught in one of those suspense movies where naive people move into a haunted house, and cannot believe.
In my case, even when I can't believe, I trust the evidence. What is happening is real and needs to be dealt with.
And that bring me to what I'll end on. I wrote an anthem of sorts - a celebration of freedom - a couple of weeks ago. I've just been working on it with a musician friend (I'm mainly a lyricist.) Here are the beginning lyrics. Very simple.
I Live Freedom
I live freedom
I live freedom
freedom – liberty
Not being able to believe
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