Thursday, July 15, 2010

Is Islam Really a Religion?

After reading Islam and the Definition of Religion By Howard Kainz at the website, I've added to my to-do list as well as adding a few books to my must-read list.

The article discusses the ideas of former Muslim Nonie Darwish who claims in her latest book, Cruel and Usual Punishment, that Islam is not a religion but rather "......Arab Imperialism and a protectionist tool to preserve what they believe to be a supremacist Arab culture.”

The arguments used by Darwish to prove that Islam is not a religion are : (from the article)
1) a religion must be a personal choice;
2) no religion should kill those who leave it;
3) a religion must never order the killing and subjugation of those who do not choose to be its members; and
4) a religion must abide by basic human rights.

It addition to Cruel and Usual Punishment (subtitled The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law) other books added to my list are
A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam by Wafa Sultan and
They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel.

In the mean time, my to-do list is fairly sort. I'll be looking into the Former Muslims United website and writing more on this subject.

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