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The prevailing state of Islam and the Koranhttp://www.dailywire.com/news/17453/richard-dawkins-islam-most-evil-religion-world-michael-qazvini
Ed Smith on blog about Richard Dawkins remarks about Islam 2017-06-14
All religions come with an an instruction manual which explains how a believer should practice the religion. Some instruction manuals are benign to begin with and some have gone through a long reformation process which has turned them from malignant to benign. The trouble with all this talk about Islam is that the vast majority of Westerners are utterly ignorant of its essence and know absolutely nothing about it, so they allow themselves to theorize, like housewives discussing nuclear physics.
To understand the essence of Islam one just needs to read the Koran. There are numerous summaries of it, written by academic scholars, which give you the gist of the text without having to actually read it all yourself. The Koran has not undergone any reformation process and looks today exactly as it did when it was written. It basically dictates that the entire world must be coerced into converting to Islam, by force of the sword if it doesn't happen willingly, and that Infidels reluctant to convert must be killed, "struck at the neck", beheaded ISIS style. It also recommends that random Infidels must be killed at random in order to strike fear into the hearts of the others, so they convert willingly. If you want to understand random Islamic attacks, bombings, stabbings, shootings, etc, there is your explanation.
The reader of the Koran will be hard pressed to find any instructions on how to be kind, considerate or to respect any form of what we recognize as a basic human right. It's all about how to severely punish anyone who strays, in full graphic details. Stoning to death, the chopping off of limbs, beheading by sword... these are all Islamic practices that are carried out today in certain places in the world. If you want to see Islam in practice, even the "moderate" kind, just spend some time in a Muslim enclave in your country. You will witness women being treated worse than farm animals, little girls forced into marriage, honor killings... This is Islam. There is nothing whatsoever humane about it.