Two hundred and fifty pages and still going strong! Another attestation to just how awesome this place is!
As a Muslim who believes in life, liberty, democracy, and the rule of law (and, believe you me, there are plenty of like-minded Muslims out there,) my problem isn't the West or Christians or Jews or Buddhists. It's not even the right-wing Israelis who - after having shooed my ancestors out of their land, in the name of God, of course - might shoot me on sight "just to be safe." My problem - my real
problem - is other Muslims. So-called Muslims. The ones who believe that they are more Muslim (Muslim-er?) than me and those like me because... from the way I dress to which verses of the Quran I'm supposed to recite while I pray - the list could be endless.
Give a psychopath an idea - any idea - and they'll surely find a way to use it to their advantage. Money, power, pu$$y... it all becomes easier to obtain when you seek it out and take it over, also in the name of God. Just which god they claim to be serving is beside the point.
And such has been the case with every bigot, tyrant, and despot since the beginning of time. From Cain to Baghdadi, each and every one of them thought/claimed that they were serving some god somehow.
The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood
took an idea from some Indian sociopath with daddy issues
and ran with it. A few short decades later, we were being told what to wear and in which colors, how to eat and with which hand, and that it's okay to blow up a dozen other Muslims in order to get to the solitary "infidel" who's sitting at the same dinner table - none of which had been part of the basic (and very simple) tenets of Islam as professed by Prophet Muhammed.
A few decades more, and a few bloody revolts later - with the resulting great loss of life, liberty, and fortune - millions of Muslims finally came to realize just how duped they had been by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian "Revolution," and the many murderous cults, factions, and sect they had spawned (or, in a few rare cases, co-spawned.)
And if I or anyone like me had dared to say these things when I was in college - in a mostly Arab, mostly Muslim town in a mostly Arab, mostly Muslim country - two or three decades ago, we would've been carved out and set on fire.