Originally Posted by alan
Islam is a bit worse than christianity because its specific and because in Christianity you can basically bury your head in the sand and pretend that the Old Testament doesnt exist.
But theres plenty of wiggle room there to be muslim and a decent person as many are.
If the billions that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have spent financing radical sheikhs and mosques around the arab world had been spent on the opposite, you would have a very different islamic world. SOciety here was actually better in the earlier part of last century, before the gulf monarchies found oil under their asses.
Sorry, I genuinely don't understand what you mean by "more specific". Could you explain?
And where's the rule that says "in Christianity you can . . . pretend the Old Testament doesn't exist?" I'm not religious, so I'm not upset by people being Cafeteria Catholics or the equivalent. But if you're pretending that half of your religion's holy book doesn't exist because it says things that are inconsistent with how you prefer to live your corporeal life, I'd say while you may be socially and culturally a _______, you're not really a _________ in the religious sense.
Why wouldn't exactly the same logic apply with Islam? I'm sure lots of folks who identify as Moslems bury their heads in the sand (and there's sure a lot of that where they live, haaaaayyyyy-o!) and pretend inconvenient parts of the Koran don't exist. How is that any different? Is there something that makes picking and choosing the bits you like a legitimate way to be Christian but not a legitimate way to be Moslem?