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Reza Aslan on generalisations of Islam

Reza Aslan on generalisations of Islam

(5:38) Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions Rezla Aslan explains how Bill Maher's comments on Islam and violence were not very sophisticated.

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Guest: R_J (1111 days ago)

It seems to me that we need to distinguish more clearly between "Muslims" (people) and "Islam" (theology). Most Muslims, like most Christians are decent people and good human beings, but they are decent to the extent that they do not comply with the requirements of their faith.

An example from Christianity is that we are, according to the Bible, required to execute witches. Now, we don't do this any more, because we are civilised. We in Europe are ex-Christian countries, which still use the name "Christian" even though we do not strictly follow many of the doctrines of the faith.

Therefore, we should talk, not of "moderates and extremists", but rather of "apostates and literalists". The violence and cruelty is a fundamental part of Islam (just read the Koran, it's pretty explicit about this), although most nominal-Muslims do not comply.

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It seems to me that we need to distinguish more clearly between "Muslims" (people) and "Islam" (theology). Most Muslims, like most Christians are decent people and good human beings, but they are decent to the extent that they do not comply with the requirements of their faith.

An example from Christianity is that we are, according to the Bible, required to execute witches. Now, we don't do this any more, because we are civilised. We in Europe are ex-Christian countries, which still use the name "Christian" even though we do not strictly follow many of the doctrines of the faith.

Therefore, we should talk, not of "moderates and extremists", but rather of "apostates and literalists". The violence and cruelty is a fundamental part of Islam (just read the Koran, it's pretty explicit about this), although most nominal-Muslims do not comply.

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dananddiana dananddiana (1110 days ago)

Why then are there so many Muslims out there declaring that they want the west destroyed? They rally in the streets by the thousands. Are they all "literalistic" If so, what percentage of Muslims are literalistic because it certainly seems to be a huge percentage. Hundreds of thousands were happy when the towers fell, They were dancing in the streets. I find it hard to see them as a minority of Muslims. Considering the fact that they are still practising extremely barbaric punishment legally in many Muslim countries, Wouldn't you think that it is easier to become "Extreme" when you grow up with such everyday sanctioned violence? If you see Muslim families murdering their daughters because of some perceived slight on the family, wouldn't it be far easier to kill non Muslims for any perceived slight? Don't get me wrong. I know that there are other violent factions out there, religious or not but... Right now, the most dangerous ones are the ones that are killing everyone everywhere and telling us that they are going to kill us all. Are we really supposed to believe that they are just a violent faction? when hundreds of Muslims are flocking from the west to join them? Polls taken in the west show that large percentages of "Moderate" Muslims sympathise with the Jihadists. Large percentages believe that it is right to kill Gays, Adulterers, Muslim defectors etc. That all ads up to a scary amount! I honestly think that us westerners are spending far too much time trying to differentiate between the "Moderates" and the "extremists" and not enough time putting safety measures in place to try and protect ourselves against the violence that is obviously coming our way.

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Why then are there so many Muslims out there declaring that they want the west destroyed? They rally in the streets by the thousands. Are they all "literalistic" If so, what percentage of Muslims are literalistic because it certainly seems to be a huge percentage. Hundreds of thousands were happy when the towers fell, They were dancing in the streets. I find it hard to see them as a minority of Muslims. Considering the fact that they are still practising extremely barbaric punishment legally in many Muslim countries, Wouldn't you think that it is easier to become "Extreme" when you grow up with such everyday sanctioned violence? If you see Muslim families murdering their daughters because of some perceived slight on the family, wouldn't it be far easier to kill non Muslims for any perceived slight? Don't get me wrong. I know that there are other violent factions out there, religious or not but... Right now, the most dangerous ones are the ones that are killing everyone everywhere and telling us that they are going to kill us all. Are we really supposed to believe that they are just a violent faction? when hundreds of Muslims are flocking from the west to join them? Polls taken in the west show that large percentages of "Moderate" Muslims sympathise with the Jihadists. Large percentages believe that it is right to kill Gays, Adulterers, Muslim defectors etc. That all ads up to a scary amount! I honestly think that us westerners are spending far too much time trying to differentiate between the "Moderates" and the "extremists" and not enough time putting safety measures in place to try and protect ourselves against the violence that is obviously coming our way.

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dananddiana dananddiana (1112 days ago)

I guess that we should not accuse Muslims for all of the bombings and beheadings etc Even though it is Muslims who are out in our streets screaming that they are going to destroy the west and kill all non believers. I guess we are being unfair when we say that it was Muslims that caused 9/11, 7/7, bombed the Cole, beheaded British and American innocent people, Was it Africans? Was it christians? Who is doing all of this stuff? Who is killing people all over the world in the name of Islam? There are many places on this planet where horrible things are being done by people of different religions but.... There is only ONE religion that is attacking us and everyone else who does not subscribe to the same brand of religion as them, Only one stating that they will destroy us! I guess I must be predudice because I blame Muslims!

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I guess that we should not accuse Muslims for all of the bombings and beheadings etc Even though it is Muslims who are out in our streets screaming that they are going to destroy the west and kill all non believers. I guess we are being unfair when we say that it was Muslims that caused 9/11, 7/7, bombed the Cole, beheaded British and American innocent people, Was it Africans? Was it christians? Who is doing all of this stuff? Who is killing people all over the world in the name of Islam? There are many places on this planet where horrible things are being done by people of different religions but.... There is only ONE religion that is attacking us and everyone else who does not subscribe to the same brand of religion as them, Only one stating that they will destroy us! I guess I must be predudice because I blame Muslims!

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Guest: religion is evil (1111 days ago)

You completly missed his point. Watch it again, then read a ******* book you silly *********

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You completly missed his point. Watch it again, then read a ******* book you silly *********

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Guest: Guest God (1109 days ago)
Latest comment:

God created human.

God realised it was a mistake.

God created relegion.

So humans can destroy themselves

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Latest comment:

God created human.

God realised it was a mistake.

God created relegion.

So humans can destroy themselves

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dananddiana dananddiana (1111 days ago)

I certainly didn't miss the point that you are foul mouthed! I would be ashamed to show the world such a rude ignorant attitude. still, it takes all kinds I guess! I suppose that there are plenty more mealy mouthed trolls out there than just SS.ATM.

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I certainly didn't miss the point that you are foul mouthed! I would be ashamed to show the world such a rude ignorant attitude. still, it takes all kinds I guess! I suppose that there are plenty more mealy mouthed trolls out there than just SS.ATM.

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Guest: SS.ATM (1111 days ago)

yeah, like black racist bigoted trolls, lol. such as yourself. double lol

your morality is paradoxal.

btw, reza called you stupid, lol.

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yeah, like black racist bigoted trolls, lol. such as yourself. double lol

your morality is paradoxal.

btw, reza called you stupid, lol.

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Guest: SS.ATM (1112 days ago)

Why do black people like you always go for the hatefull and violent option?

I guess it's cause you're black and all black people are violent hatefull people.

Imagine how black muslims must be, lol!

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Why do black people like you always go for the hatefull and violent option?

I guess it's cause you're black and all black people are violent hatefull people.

Imagine how black muslims must be, lol!

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Guest: ReX (1110 days ago)

"According to a 2013 UNICEF report, Egypt has the world's highest total number with 27.2 million women having undergone FGM, while Somalia has the highest incidence rate of FGM at 98%."Slammed by a wiki snippet.

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"According to a 2013 UNICEF report, Egypt has the world's highest total number with 27.2 million women having undergone FGM, while Somalia has the highest incidence rate of FGM at 98%."Slammed by a wiki snippet.

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Guest: SS.ATM (1112 days ago)

DAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYUUUUUUUU MMMMMMMMMM !

Respect!

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DAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYUUUUUUUU MMMMMMMMMM !

Respect!

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