I think it is obvious that Christianity has become mostly benign and secularized for the most part and I don't see Christians subjugating their women and executing gays in the ways that take place in the Islamic world due to the quran and Hadith (the Hadith is the so-called writings of the prophet and his followers in which Islamic Shariah law is based from); but I see too many atheists tending to bash Christianity and giving excuses for Islam. Why is this so when according to the Islamic faith, we atheists are "kafar" should be the first ones killed before the Christians and Jews (especially me, since I am an apostate since I was "born" a Muslim); therefore, why do atheists tend to give excuses for the true evils of the Islamic faith??

 

Jesus Christ as a symbol (whether he was a real person or not) is a much better role model than the child molesting, murderous, and evil "prophet" called Muhammad. The Bible doesn't demand governments to be Christian but the Quran demands that all governments be Islamic by nature and the punishments are much more bizarre. In Islam, you can not even ask any questions about Muhammad or Allah but Christians and Jews are able to debate within themselves and ask questions. When a cartoon is drawn or a quran is burnt you see how savagely Muslims act throughout the world and those who are "moderate" instead of condemning the barbaric acts blame the "Salman Rushdie's" or the "Pastor" instead of placing blame on the perpetrators and culture of violence in the Islamic world. So why is it, that Christianity is often (in my opinion) overly criticized and Islam is not criticized enough when the gravest threat to the existence of the human race is surely an Islamic regime with nuclear weapons?? I'd like to get your opinions..

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Great site for Jarod so he can learn a little bit: www.alisina.org

http://alisina.org/why-attack-only-islam/

Personally I do not in any way excuse Islam. Ultimately I consider all religions to be equally bad because it is damaging to believe something which is not true - your belief informs your actions. Some religions currently seem more benign and secularised than others. I see this to be a matter of time and different rates of evolution for regions of different religions. Some religions restrict economic, social, and scientific evolution. In other words, Islamic regions are simply less evolved due to the inherent dogmatic mechanisms of their religion. Christianity in the middle ages were no better that Islam is today - it's all about the different rates of evolution and time displacement.
I don't think atheists necessarily excuse Islam and bash Christianity. Not conciously, anyway. I think what makes it seem that way is that most of our debates are with Christians so we seem to constantly be arguing against that (in the US, anyway). We may even use Islam in examples in our debates just to show another viewpoint other than the two that are involved in the conversation and given the state of Islam over the past decade, it is a popular choice. I do agree with you, however, that an islamic regime with nuclear weapons is very dangerous...but a christian regime with nuclear weapons is pretty dangerous too, just not as unstable, maybe.

I came late to this discussion. I am glad I didn't get sucked into it earlier. I've noticed two things I'd like to share:

 

1. Some people want to lump extremist (i.e. medieval thinking idiot) Christians in a group with extremist Muslims as if all extremism were bad, but they do not understand that Islam has yet to have a majority tame version. The Islam that is practiced throughout the world is far more consistently violent and dangerous to human well being than Christianity post enlightenment. The conversations about Islam need to be honest about where it is in its development.

 

2. When Sassan starts a discussion, he is only looking for people who agree with him. This is a trend I have noticed. He will argue ad absurdum with the sole focus on winning,, not advancing dialogue. I acknowledge this as a trait in myself and will use this realization to try and improve further discourses I have in the future, because whatever that is, I don't want to be like it. It's really annoying.

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^ One of those I mentioned below.
People can disagree with me; but in a rational way. Many people have disagreed with me on this thread and I have respected their opinions. BUT, when someone acts as a leftist irrational masochist as you have seen some on this thread in giving all the excuses in the world for the behavior of Islam or failing to recognize Islam for what it is; they simply affirm the notion I put forth in my premise. But I do understand what you are saying; but on issues such as this which I see as extremely vital, I like to argue combatively with the chickens that come out of the shed.

In one sentence you say "Many people have disagreed with me on this thread and I have respected their opinions", and yet you continue seemingly trying to disrespect the honest opinions of others throughout the entirety of your post.

 

Like Ryan said, you are only looking for others to agree with you entirely. When that doesn't happen, you try to take passive aggressive jabs at anyone who holds an opinion separate from yours.

Like I said, I respect the opinions of most people that have replied who may not have agreed with me completely; but for those people like you and Jarod who demonstrated my original premise, I don't have respect for your type of self-hating masochistic excuse makers as your type are the ones I was referring to in my premise. Again, I value free speech and exchange (I am not trying to shut down speech) but I like to call a spade a spade.

If you had been paying attention, you would have seen that I specifically mentioned that I do not give islam precedence over christianity, or favor any one religion over another. I have more familiarity with the negatives of christianity, as it is something I have to put up with on a daily basis, but that in itself does not qualify as making an "excuse" for any other religion.

 

Also, who are you to determine who is or isn't a "self hating masochistic excuse maker"? Again, you keep saying that you "value free speech and exchange", yet you continue to counter those statements with passive aggresive ad hominems. And to do so is only detrimental to your argument and yourself.

I think I confused you with another poster. I didn't mean to call you a self-hating masochist; I apologize. I meant that to 2-3 other posters and I confused you with them.
You are like a parody of yourself.  I enjoy it, though.  It's amusing.

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