Can they coexist?

Muslim world must decide if it can live peacefully with the rest of the planet

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A clever bumper sticker you may have seen spells out the word "Coexist" in the symbols of the world's religions.

Now would be a really, really good time for that.

It appears many in the Muslim world didn't get the memo.

With uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and elsewhere destabilizing the Mideast and threatening the entire world's way of life, the planet may be at its most dangerous tipping point since World War II: If radical Muslims gain sway over yet more governments, particularly Egypt's, the world may lurch toward World War III.

It would be the first global conflagration fought completely within the context of the nuclear age.

The months to come could tell the tale. It's time the Muslim world decides: Will it coexist?

Recent history, of course, is not promising on that point. Since the terror attacks at the 1972 Olympics, the Achille Lauro in 1985 and, of course, the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the decades have been a succession of bloody assaults in an unceasing war against the West by radical Muslims.

Their ideology has spread like a pandemic: Nonbelievers must convert or be wiped off the map, leaving a worldwide Islamic "caliphate" in the wake of the rest of the world's religions and beliefs.

Whether that naked evil will be contained may be decided in the events now unfolding.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has toiled for decades in the shadows on several continents to radicalize their brethren, has already said it wants to end Egypt's 30-year peace agreement with Israel and prepare for war. A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told an interviewer last week, "We are against Zionism" -- essentially the right of Israel to exist.

Unsaid in that exchange, of course, is that the same ideology opposes the very existence of the United States and the West, and of all religions other than Islam.

Coexist? Tell them !

World governments must unite as never before to prevent such tyranny from spreading and taking hold of more whole peoples, most especially in Egypt.

It would help if the world's religions joined in -- and if the peace-loving majority of Muslims would lead the way.

The world's people have never needed to come together more. Now is the time to wage peace.

That our Muslim friends in Egypt want to live in freedom and out of poverty is something we can certainly understand and get behind in America. But the pressure is now on them to prove they can self-govern -- out from under the grinding thumb of coercion -- without lashing out in xenophobic bloodlust.

Can they coexist?

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Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 02/07/11 - 11:20 am
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Hi Dani, a late happy

Hi Dani, a late happy birthday to ya!

Egypt is a major Islamic community. The problem with that is, the majority of Muslims are the radicals who want to turn Egypt over to Iran. It's just another domino to fall!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/11 - 11:38 am
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So several hundred thousand

So several hundred thousand out of 80,000,000 march and 'demand' freedom and somehow it is suppose to represent the whole?

Heck, if it were 8,000,000 in the sqare (and the most was 200,000) it would only be 10%.

You all better wake up and see what is REALLY at stake here. Egypt needs better government, but not this way.

The man has already said he will not run again, so the battle is won for freedom, lets focus on making sure radicals do not get the upper hand because we are siding with an ultra minority who the left, and international media I might add, agrees with.

Brad

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/07/11 - 11:48 am
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Sarge says: " It's just

Sarge says: " It's just another domino to fall!"

The sad point is America is in the row of domino's.

dani
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dani 02/07/11 - 11:48 am
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Hi Sargebaby..Thanks, but I

Hi Sargebaby..Thanks, but I try to ignore those things.

Good to see you back. You work fast.

burninater
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burninater 02/07/11 - 01:14 pm
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Egypt is a major Islamic

Egypt is a major Islamic community. The problem with that is, the majority of Muslims are the radicals who want to turn Egypt over to Iran. It's just another domino to fall!
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Global population: 6.8 billion
Muslim population: 1.6 billion
~1 in 4 humans are Muslim

Given the number of countries given over to Iran at present (1, Iran), you may want to rethink your underlying assumption that the majority of Muslims are actively working towards that goal.

I'd put my money on the majority of Muslims actively working towards feeding their families and enjoying their lives, but then again, I tend to be a bit low in the paranoia department.

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JKeen 02/07/11 - 02:15 pm
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Sarge, Egypt is majority if

Sarge,

Egypt is majority if not predominantly Sunni Muslim, there's really no chance that an Egyptian electorate would side with Shia' Iran. People keep looking at Islam as if it is monolithic. It is as diverse as Christianity. If we want to succeed in getting rid of radical Islamists and Terrorists we have to stop kicking the moderate and liberal Muslims in the mouth because they have a differing point of view. Shariah law can be both political and/or spiritual, if we can develop a relationship with those who would take the Shariah law as a personal way of life, and not a political way of life that is to be imposed on others then we can truly co-exist.

We must also realize that many of the groups who are overturning U.S. supported despotic regimes have legitimate concerns and we have had a part, if however small in the plight of peoples in the Middle East. We should be looking towards freedom and democracy for the people and supporting reconciliation. If we don't we will only create the radicalism that created Iran's situation. We really need to learn from history.

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Riverman1 02/07/11 - 04:29 pm
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If Shariah Law doesn't mean

If Shariah Law doesn't mean anything and is not official no one would mind. But you are telling me such a thing is possible? No one would be legally bound to follow their rules? No punishments for not following the directives? No secret revenge? No retribution of any kind? Freedom to speak out? Shariah Law that can't be imposed on others is an oxymoron.

JKeen
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JKeen 02/07/11 - 04:53 pm
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Shariah means the right path.

Shariah means the right path. Shariah can and is firstly a commitment to follow correct actions in pursuit of a relationship with God or Allah.(and yes the two can in most instances be used interchangeably) Shariah is used in many places as the common law because the Muslim world did not have the same type of Reformation and Enlightenment as the Western world which separated separated religious law from common law. Of course many Christians still have not separated their religious law from their common law, take the current issues of store hours, alcohol sales and non-perishable sales in the South.

This does not mean that the vast majority of modern Muslims have not modified their understanding of the role of religion in government. Many of the countries are very open to the idea of a religiously democratic state including surprisingly Gaza, which has many Christians who have top level positions in the government.

As Americans we really need to change our perspective on what is and is not Islamic radicalism and where there are groups that we can work with and who are the groups that we have created this massive security structure for. I would posit that if we are not willing to reexamine these positions then we are the ones unwilling to "co-exist" and we are just as if not more xenophobic. This xenophobia would be our downfall as we do not have enough money to be scared of everyone that is not "american." Neither do we have enough manpower to take down everyone.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/11 - 05:39 pm
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Sharia law & women According

Sharia law & women

According to the Sharia, despite declarations of the equality of the sexes before God, women are considered inferior to men, and have fewer rights and responsibilities. A woman counts as half a man in giving evidence in a court of law, or in matters of inheritance. Her position is less advantageous than a man’s with regard to marriage and divorce. A husband has the moral and religious right and duty to beat his wives for disobedience or for perceived misconduct. A woman does not have the right to choose her husband, or her place of residence, to travel freely or have freedom in her choice of clothing. Women have little or no autonomy and are deemed to need the protection of their fathers, husbands or other male relatives throughout their lives. Any conduct that undermines the idea of male supremacy will fall foul of the Sharia.

The legal age of marriage varies from country to country, ranging from 9 in Iran to 13, 15 or 17 (in Tunisia). This follows from the marriage of Mohammed to Aisha, a 9-year-old girl, when the Prophet was 53. It should be noted, however, that the Prophet was allowed many actions by Allah that were denied to the other faithful, and not all Muslim scholars would accept the Aisha marriage as a precedent.

The various Sunni schools of law and that of the Shi'ites differ on a number of points important to women. In all schools, however, marriage is a contract according to which the husband should perform sexually and provide materially for the wife. The wife must have sex whenever the husband wishes. A man can easily divorce a woman by pronouncing that he is divorcing her three times. Polygamy with up to four wives is permitted, and in the Shi'ite sect, temporary marriage is allowed whereby a man can have access to an unlimited number of women. The practice is known as Mot'a or Sigheh. Men are also permitted concubines and female slaves.
The correct path???? What a joke on the females....you can keep your shariah law.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/11 - 05:50 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8jnHVfx3o8

Take a look at your sharia law.......it makes me want to throw up!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/11 - 06:18 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/07/11 - 06:57 pm
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Again, it it completely

Again, it it completely impossible to follow a belief in Sharia Law and not violate the rights of others. Even if someone let's you "follow Sharia Law" on them, it's still not legal or morally right.

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