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#1 This won't have any effect on devout Muslims, but it is exactly the sort of information that the general Western audience needs to be exposed to. Muslim claims to Dome of the Rock are laughable, for example, but if people don't know the history behind it they might be inclined to take those claims seriously.
Posted by Iblis 2012-05-20 12:17||
#2 I'm inclined to think that Mohammed, like Jesus and Moses, was a real person who has had a body of myth and legend attached to his life - some of it pretty unsavory to the modern mind. But some of what Moses did seems a bit questionable to the modern mind as well... though he doesn't seem to have humped and killed everything in sight(and not necissarily in that order) like Big Moe.
OTOH, it may be that the Haditha is simply a bunch of crap that needs to be tossed out when and if Islam has its own version of the Protestant Reformation. My buddy who is Muslim certainly thinks so.
Posted by Secret Master 2012-05-20 15:18||
#3 I should add that, in all fairness, the vast majority of those of us who believe pick and choose what we like from our religions and their texts. The key is to convince Muslims to selectively ignore the idiotic portions of their religion as a requirement of joining modern global socieity.
Posted by Secret Master 2012-05-20 15:26||
#4 Illiterate warmonger who pillaged women and raped cattle...a Voltairian may notice if he didn't exist, he would certainly need to be invented.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-05-20 19:11||