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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 6, 2014, 11:59 AM

15. Those may be insufficient evidence, but they're not distortion.

The claim that in Indonesia have status equal to men is so ludicrous as to be laughable. The post you criticise only points out one way in which that is true, but that would only make it a distortion if there weren't representative of the truth.

Here are some things that are true of all, or virtually all, of those parts of the world where the majority of the population believe that believe that Mohammed was the last prophet of god:

*Appalling unofficial social discrimination against women absolutely everywhere.
*Usually at least some forms of legal and official discrimination against women; often a great deal.
*No gay marriage.
*Immense opposition to gay rights.
*Almost always legal restrictions on freedom of religion (I believe Bangladesh may be a counter-example, but I wouldn't swear to it).
*Almost always restrictions on freedom of speech, often severe.
*Abortion almost always illegal, except in limited circumstances (there are a couple of exceptions to this one).

There are parts of the non-Muslim-majority world with these problems. There are parts of the non-Muslim-majority world without these problems. There are parts of the non-Muslim-majority world with these problems. There are either virtually no or - for several of them - no parts of the Muslim-majority world without these problems, and in every part of the Muslim-majority world Islam is a major contributing factor to them.

The teachings of Mohammed as interpreted by a large majority (by no means all) of his followers contain a great many very right-wing, very unethical precepts (I neither know for sure nor much care which the correct interpretation is; what matters is Islam as it is practiced). It worries me that so many liberals refuse to admit that.

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