I have been reassured by followers of Islam that it is about love and peace. Trouble is I have read the Koran and what it says about non believers (kuffars):
Against kuffars make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war to strike terror into the (hearts of) the Enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside, whom you may not know, but whom Allah does know. Whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah, shall be repaid to you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. (Koran: 8:60)
This identity as a kuffar is meant to be insulting; enshrined in law in some Arab countries where for example crimes and punishments are less severe when a non believer is wronged. More so when the transgresser.
This attitude to non believers is regularly exposed on twitter by @CEMB_forum – run by the Council for Ex Muslims. If you doubt watch the views expressed and then the bio of the people saying them.
This Islamic thinker page had me thinking when defining kuffar:
Atheists – such as those who believe in science, self-worshippers, women-worshippers, money-worshippers etc.
Supporting science makes you a non believer? This attitude may help explain the issues a London University had hosting a debate about Islamic creationism and evolution.
Time to take the debate about science, secularism and atheism to the faith heads.
Carry on @CEMB_forum
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog