Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Communism and Islam: Enemies of the Internet

Reporters Without Borders has come out with a report of the 13 countries it considers to be enemies of the Internet. The thirteen countries in no particular order are: Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Myanmar, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.

As can be seen all the countries share a couple of similarities. They are either Communist, Muslim, or both and they are all allied against the US and the West. Just some food for thought.


Blogger TRex said...

Not too surprising, these same counties are hostile to Christians and almost all outlaw the Bible.


11/18/2006 7:18 PM  
Blogger Cryptic Muse said...

With due respect, I don’t believe fundamentalist Christians would differ very much from their Muslim or Communist counterparts in their regard for the apparatuses of modernity.

If the West enjoys unrestricted access to the implements of information technology, it is due principally to the triumph of secular democracy.

11/19/2006 4:52 PM  
Blogger TRex said...

You may be right. The difference is that in a mix of Christians and nonchristians, we tend to mellow and sometimes even compromise our beliefs. Muslims tend not to, but instead use any technique, legal or illegal to achive a theocratic regime.


11/21/2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Aleksandr said...

I think it is only appropriate that we are talking about this at Thanksgiving time.

There is no better time to be reminded of how the fundamentalist Christians that settled America could produce a secular democracy.

So yah, I think there is a big difference. The Judeo-Christian belief system puts on emphasis on human rights and property rights, something that Islam and Communism both oppose.

11/22/2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger Salihah סליחה صالحه said...

Goodness gracious, Trex! I'm Muslim, I LOVE the internet and I read the Bible regularly. Most Muslims I know have read the Bible at least once. The Qur'an states that Jews and Christians are close to the heart of God and will have nothing to fear on judgement day.

Christians believe all non-Christians go to hell....who's hostile?

Appreciate your insights, though, and your voice. I love to hear what people have to say, even if I don't agree. We're not all like what you think.


12/09/2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger Aleksandr said...

Salihah, it is great that you "read the Bible regularly", but you should also read the Quran more carefully.

Maybe you should also cite examples to back up your statements, instead of introducing non-relevant points like, "I'm Muslim, I LOVE the internet".

What does your love of the Internet have to do with you being Muslim and vice versa? Is the internet supposed to make your statements true? That can only be accomplished by citing references.

Something like this from: http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/Surai.htm

"O Prophet! Make war against the unbelievers [all non-Muslims] and the hypocrites and be merciless against them. Their home is hell, an evil refuge indeed." (Koran, 9:73)

"When you meet the unbelievers in jihad [holy war], chop off their heads. And when you have brought them low, bind your prisoners rigorously. Then set them free or take ransom from them until the war is ended." (Koran, 47:4)

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be to be killed or crucified, or to have their hands and feet chopped off on opposite sides, or to be expelled out of the land. Such will be their humiliation in the world, and in the next world they will face an awful horror." (Koran, 5:33-34)

"In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [all non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost." (Koran, 8:37)

"Remember Allah inspired the angels: I am with you. Give firmness to the believers. I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their fingertips off of them." (Koran, 8:12)

I think some Imam once said, "let the Quran be our guide to what we think." I believe we should take him up on that offer.

12/13/2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger dw said...

'We're not all like what you think.'

Salihah صالحه Hello and let me say; I would restrict my benefit of doubt to 'You are not what we think'

2/11/2007 7:59 PM  

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