‘‘I heard a author on the radio today state that Islam is the biggest practioner of gender and religious arpatheid, citing the continued persecution of Christians, hatred of Jews, beating of women for almost any reason, etc.’’
These allegations are too broad to validate. Most problems that occur to women occur because of the general poor states of teh countries they are living in and the lack of eductaion .
First Gender issues: There was a Gallop Poll recently that asked Muslim women in various parts of the Muslim world of they feel opressed. The vast Overwhelming majority denied . However they stated that they felt ‘’ their governments opressed their people’’.
Take a look at India : There is a Huge huge problem of abortion and killing of recently born girls . Because in India ( Hindu Tradition) The bride is the one who pays the Groom the dowry and must give him gifts and expensive stuff. This lead to families getting rid of their daughters because of feel they are a burden. This also lead to culture of burning the girls . ( i am not sure at which stage , i guess if they were divorced or somthing like that) . Muslims in india are about 150 Milion while India is a Billion Plus country of Majority Hindu.
Similar problems in china where one child policy makes ahuge problem because people want boys and not girls . Islam Forbids all this. Violence towards women is a world wide problem . Just because Many Muslim countries are poor with poor eductaion system doesnt mean that Islam is responsible for the suffering of women .
As for hating Jews, the whole issue with Islam and jews is a political issue about an occupied land . It wasnt the muslims in whom their country happened the holocaust and it wasnt Muslim bombers that passed over the gas chambers without bombing them . Muslims look on the Israeli conflict more as a colonialization than it is a jewish islamic conflict. There are Jews living now in Morroco , Yemen, Tunisia and Iran which Muslims really dont hold anything against .
There are 60 Muslims mostly from the balkans that are recorded rightuous among the nations in Yad Vashem for saving jews from the Nazis.
In Judaism pork is forbidden , with same beliefs of the nature of God like Islam . Judaism doesnt diefy jesus or any of humans . The compatability is there and noticable. ‘’
As for the persecution of christians: it depends on what you define persecution.
In Egypt there is no Coptic President or Prime minister yet . Yet there was Many ministers and many MPs. The richest man in Egypt and the most influential business man is a Christian . Crosses rise high in the sky as minarates in the most centre parts Cairo and in the heart of the capitol you can visit and shop from the ‘’ House of the Holy Book publishing’’.
On the Book fair in Cairo in January if you visit you will find Half a Hall filled with Christian video tapes and cassetes played on TVs for public audience showing films about Jesus with the sound of famous Egyptian Christian actors .
You can wear a Big Cross on your chest and dress like a Nun and people still regard you as part of their nation. ''You do your thing and i do mine ‘’ attitude . . Christians dont live in Ghettos and in my building there are 5 Christians and 8 Muslims . You wouldnt recognize us from each other and our building is perfectly happy one .
I remember recntly the Government made a proposal to offer Christians a quota in the Parliment but they refused because they dont consider themselves a Minority but regular citizens .
There is problems for minorities all over the world . Including Muslim minorities nearly in every western nation . There are difference between problems and persecution . Everey couple of weeks a Mosque get attacked or burned in the US. I as a muslim wouldnt blame it on christianity. ALL of them are incidents that are responsible by whome that did them.
Darfur is a problem mainly of economic situation turned into battle on resources between rebels from underdeveloped parts of Sudan and governent.
BOTH are Muslim!!! and contrary to what many might think , the people of darfur speak arabic and i as an egyptian can understand them when i hear them on Tv.
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