An internet message reported to be from Zarqawi includes the following statement:
I agree, I think that people who want the tape to be real, will believe it to be authentic. The true muslims that are against democracy will use it as a rally call. Those that are against muslims will use it as another example of Islamic hatred as a whole. Those who think for themselves will may it no mind, because I for one will not have my views manipulated by one mans rage against democracy. The person who made the tape is a fool who is not against democracy, but against freedom for humanity in general!
Edited: Nighthawk on 25th Jan, 2005 - 1:39pm
I agree, whoever made the tape is against liberty and freedom. It does appear that Zarqawi harbors those sentiments, as his organization has been among the most active of the terrorists to seek the halt of the elections.
But my original question stands. What will other Muslims say and do about this? Will they let these statements go, thus implicitly condoning this philosophy? Or will they begin to take a stand for liberty?
From what I know, Islam is generally dead set against any sort of religious liberty. Since religious liberty and pluralism are foundational concepts for a democratic system, does this then mean that Islam is fundamentally hostile to democracy and freedom?
You can not say that Islam is against democracy ! It was somebody who use a series of statements to fuel his hatred ( and to give some new arguments to those that do not regard Islam like a good thing). To say that a religion is agains any concepts of freedom is to much. You can pinpoint on every religion some restriction agains our way of life but you do not condemn that religion because of that.
If you read what I wrote more carefully, you will see that I am asking if the adherents of that religion, Islam, will condemn and stop those who are claiming that Islam is opposed to democracy.
Also, I have yet to see any evidence, anywhere, that the majority of Muslims are NOT opposed to religious liberty and pluralism. I would love to see such evidence.
So, if Zarqawi is NOT speaking for Muslims, I would expect to see some leaders, as well as a majority of Muslims, speaking up that they ARE in favor of a democratic society somewhere in the Middle East.
The question stands. Is Islam implacably opposed to democratic principles, including religious liberty and pluralism? Enquiring minds want to know.
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OK, that is a fair statement. The next question then is, why is there not a single democratic system throughout ALL of the Islamic world? Afghanistan is approaching one, but only because the US nursed the country through their first election. Why is it that there is absolutely NO religious freedom throughout the Islamic world? Any Muslim who converts to another religion is subject to death, at the hands of anyone who can accomplish it.
Who, among all of Islam, is promoting democracy and personal liberty?