Moot_Point wrote:They're not a taboo subject. The mere fact we're talking about it is indicative that it's not taboo. Or so I believe.
What it is is a touchy subject, where people on all sides are far too quick to leap into positions on shakey ground, get angry, insult each other, and only further their prejudices, rather than understanding. Then people start arguing that they're repressed, et al.
As Kalel says, it's quite clear that a significant amount of Muslims around the world practise a form of their faith that you'd really not want to live under, unless you joined them. That is the case: of course it is - there are billions of people on this planet, and most of them, in one capacity or another, live lives I don't want. Ditto with any other faith. And that's the whole point: faith is a fact of human life, and the particulars of each act as conduits for human rationality & irrationality, both of which can cause harm and good.
The trick is to separate incidents (e.g. anecdotes, news reports, et al) and identify which is important, which is part of a larger trend, which is applicable to anyone else in the same situation, etc etc. Not leap at each other's throats, crying 'racist!' or 'PC police!'. That's just boring.
Edited by RedSparrows at 15:54:31 03-03-2013
Edited by RedSparrows at 15:55:13 03-03-2013
#9411679, By The Islam Thread.