If religions are essentially tolerant, in as much as they all reverently regard the miracle of life, the fabulous diversity of nature and the universe with wonder, humility, love and respect, then can the so called religion of Islam be a religion? Should it not be defined more as an ideology, an autocratic doctrine, that refuses to tolerate other faiths, creeds, cultures and ways of life?
If this is so, then the theory of when an ideology is established, the ideologue ceases to think, would certainly seem to be the case regarding the Islamic ideology which, because of its allegedly sacred roots, cannot possibly be modified and rendered compatible with democratic laws and values.
If Islamic laws allow the followers of Islam the right to kill, rape, enslave and plunder those they consider as being "infidel," regardless of the fact that many who are so treated, believe in the same One Almighty God, then wouldn't Islam be encouraging criminality instead of virtue?
If Christians, Jews and all others who believe in the One Almighty Creator, are considered as being "infidel" by Islamists, how can this be so if they believe in the same God? A plausible answer to such a question, would be that those considered as being "infidel" by the Islamists, have less confidence in a mortal prophet who claimed to be God's unique and chosen spokesman, than in the Almighty Creator himself. Is it not highly reasonable to accord more importance to Almighty God, than to a self-proclaimed or even divinely chosen Prophet?
Or, according to Islamists, is God less important than their Prophet? If they think so, then they would be granting him the same level of importance than that assumed by Lucifer, whose vanity caused him and his acolytes to rebel against God before being defeated and cast from Heaven.
All constructive opinions would be welcome, especially from those who are able to convincingly counter such thoughts in a peaceful and tolerant way.
Text and images © Mirino. June, 2016