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June 5th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

A plea from an exhausted Muslim woman

Opinion by Melody Moezzi, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I wasn’t surprised by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent statement about a “problem within Islam.”

It's not as though I've never heard anything like it before. I hear it all the time.

Still, his words - in response to a recent attack in London that left a British soldier dead - made me wonder: How might the public have reacted in a different context, had Blair replaced the word “Islam” with “Christianity” or “Judaism”?

I’m guessing not well.

But Muslims are used to having their faith openly denigrated by public officials.

We’re used to people failing to distinguish between “Islam” and “a few Muslims.” And we’re used to being called terrorists despite the fact that the vast majority of terrorist acts on American and European soil have been carried out by non-Muslims.

But being accustomed to abuse doesn’t mean we bruise less. If anything, being beaten repeatedly in the same spot makes each successive blow all the more painful.

I’ve written many reasoned commentaries in defense of Islam, Muslims and Muslim women in particular. This isn’t one.

Today, I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to cite relevant verses from the Quran. I’m not going to quote scholars. I’m not going on the defensive.

Today, I’m tired. So tired that I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. Not because I seek pity or sympathy, but because I think people should understand. Because maybe if they really understood, they’d stop.

Today, I’m going to tell you what it feels like to live with hate and hostility directed at you on a daily basis.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to turn on the news and hear people repeatedly call your faith hateful and violent.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be vilified any time a man named Mohammed commits a crime.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to wait at a subway station next to an advertisement calling you a barbarian.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to find a death threat in your inbox.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to know that the police are infiltrating your places of worship, finding nothing and still targeting you.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told that you can’t be a feminist and that so many of your gentlest brothers are misogynists, criminals or worse.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to see your people being slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands by state-sponsored terrorists, only to be called terrorists themselves for the crimes of a handful among them.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to have your own people call you a heretic when you’re fighting to defend their rights, while others call you a heretic for doing so.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told to go back to your country when you’re in your country.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be asked if you walk 10 spaces behind your husband or if he beats you or if he has other wives.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to have people assume you hate them when you don’t.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be expected to know why a stranger committed a crime because he claims to share your religion.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be required to apologize for something you didn’t do.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told that you don’t belong when you know there’s no place you belong more.

It hurts.

Editor's note: Melody Moezzi is a writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her book, "Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life," will be published in August.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Melody Moezzi.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Opinion • Politics

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  1. Colin

    I am a Muslim woman and so are my daughters and friends.

    We are very pleased that you are able to express an opinion openly critical of the British government, show your beautiful hair, wear make-up, appear in the national press and be the beneficiary of an educational system that allows you to publish a book.

    Unfortunately, we have none of those privileges, because, you see, we live in a Muslim majority country.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when, at age 14, you first discover the wonders of $exual love and romance, only to discover that your cli.toris has been hacked off in some primitive, barbaric Islamic religious ritual and you will never experience love the way Western women can.

    We going to tell you what it feels like to know we will never get to wear the beautiful clothes women like you do, because we have to cover ourselves from head to toe to assuage the $exual and social insecurities of the men in your community.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you cannot even socialize with male friends because you will be called a sl.ut.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you need you husband’s permission to drive a car.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you wish to question or doubt your religion but can’t because doing so will subject you to public shame and even physical danger.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you have been forced into an arranged marriage with a man you find physically repulsive and who may even beat you.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you can’t read the books other women do, watch the TV other women do and have access to the internet like other women do, because you live in a totalitarian sh.ithole of a country that is run under Islamic law.

    We going to tell you what it feels like when you can only vote the way your husband tells you.

    We going to tell you what it feels like knowing that you can never accuse a male of wrongdoing because he will accuse you of adultery and you may even be stoned to death.

    BUT MOST, MOST OF ALL we going to tell you what it feels like to have some self-important, indignant woman who has been lucky enough to escape Islam sit in her air conditioned office in a non-Islam country and spout off about how “hurt” she feels about the religion that oppresses us being insulted.

    IT MAKES US SICK.

    If you want to be a public hero, please do it defending something that is not ruining our lives and the lives millions of other women like us.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      WOW !!!!!
      BRAVO !!!!!! COLIN BRAVO !!!

      June 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • Yow!

      A+

      June 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • mama k

      Excellent, Colin!

      June 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      What more could be set to Ms. Moezzi other than "Fuck Off Wanker!"

      June 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Zandie

      Very well stated. Kudos to you, Colin.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Guess you never been to Bahrain where the women dress very western and quite indepenent.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Lycidas,

      why don't you tell that to the women of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Muslim sub-Saharan Africa.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      There are always exceptions or fringe examples, but what percentage of muslim women and girls would you estimate Colin's words are accurate for? 50%, 75%, 95%? I think it's higher rather than lower.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Hypatia

      Bravo!

      June 6, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Lycidas

      I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV- "why don't you tell that to the women of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Muslim sub-Saharan Africa."

      What is your point? That there are certain places where their culture allows mistreatment...with that I agree.

      My point is that being simply a Muslim majority nation does NOT mean women are mistreated.

      June 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • stillsoscarlett

      Amen!!! Well said!

      November 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  2. Ted

    Exhausted? How so? Is she one of the 72 virgins Allah wanted distributed across millions of users?

    June 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Hmmm

      So in heaven it's like once saved always saved? Once a virgin always a virgin?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Peregrine

    Every single Amercan citizen has been under a death threat for decades. Anyone can come to the US and walk 99 percent of the streets safely. As an American I wouldn't last ten minutes in many Muslim countries. Anyone can publish the harshest satire about any subject in the US without innocents being murdered or death threats. Can the same be said of many Muslim countries? Americans die to defend others rights to criticize and belittle their own beliefs. Can the same be said of Saudis or Syrians? Muslims are moving to the US and Canada and Europe because life is better in those places. What does that say about what they're doing to their own nations?

    June 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  4. Colin

    Simple solution. Drop the Muslim sky fairy belief.

    June 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Alias

      The Palestinians would still want their land back.
      It would suddenly be about race instead of religion.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  5. Vic

    Through my life quest for the TRUTH, I found the Lord Jesus Christ IS.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Vicky truth is found in fossil records NOT the NASTY bible ........some 40 million years ago where was the bible ?

      'Lizard King' Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted With Mammals During Globally Warm Past

      June 5, 2013 — Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison's lyrics earned him the moniker "the Lizard King," an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia, competing with mammals for food and other resources.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605090421.htm

      June 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Vic

      http://s300.photobucket.com/user/Easter3_album/media/highwaytoheaven.jpg.html

      June 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Ted

      Vic, Colin's post above yours has the right answer. Read it and learn.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Vic

      I ONLY invite people to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is up to the individual to accept or not.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Madtown

      I found the Lord Jesus Christ IS
      ----
      Where did you grow up, in the United States? It's interesting to think about where you'd have found your life's truth had you grown up in the Middle East.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • Science

      Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths.............no angels HS so it is all BS

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/22/popes-book-on-jesus-debunks-christmas-myths/?iref=allsearch

      June 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Science, I'm not a Catholic.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • science

      No horn-y angels he is suppose to be the expert.

      Comedy Gold HS..........but big question after all these year poof go the angels HS what does that teach children HS ?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Science, Jesus teaches us the truth about life and the hereafter through His spiritual righteousness.

      Good read for you Science is Romans 11.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Science

      Evolution created US HS you know !

      June 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Ted

      Vic, invitation declined. Your god is an ass hole. So, no thanks, and please stop trying to sell us on your god. You suck.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • V.I.P.

      Funny how atheist and muslims think alike. Hate everything that doesn't agree with their belief system.

      June 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  6. Alias

    I'm amazed the author is still acting like it is about religion.
    Religion is being used to justify killing because they hate american foriegn policy.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Alias

      Christianity is not about bombing clinics, but christians use the bible to justify killing doctors and nurses.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Everyone should know...

      "Christianity is not about bombing clinics" but most Christians wouldn't mind seeing them bombed. Islam isn't about killing all the infidels, but most Muslims wouldn't mind being rid of those who disagree or blaspheme against their God or prophet. Atheism is not about destroying religion, though most atheists wouldn't mind never hearing from another Church. We all have our personal beliefs, but real progress will never be made until each and every side refuses to feel that way anymore, every Christian speaking out against the Scott Roeders, every Muslim coming out to condemn 9-11 or the Boston bombings or any terrorism doen in their name, and even atheists condemning hate speach against their fellow Christians.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Alias

      @Everyone
      But WHY do they want us all dead?
      It's the things our govrernment does.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      It's because of T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Jonathan

      @Alias:

      People will use any justification their minds can bend to fit their preconceived notions and to validate their actions. People lie and mislead all the time. If someone calls themselves a Christian and the way they lead their life doesn't reflect it, that person is not a Christian, no matter how they try and justify it.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  7. Dyslexic doG

    Islam will be a "Religion of Peace" when EVERY Muslim who is not an extremist, is a Muslim who abhors extremism and is fighting Muslim extremism with thoughts and actions every day.

    Until then, Islam IS NOT a "Religion of Peace".

    June 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Same is true for christians.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      absolutely!

      June 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      +

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Honey Badger Don't Care- that's the same for anyone that puts their beliefs, ideals or self above others. It has nothing to do with faith and everything to do with the human condition.
      Saying it's the fault of a religion is a cop out.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    Anyone claiming that their religion is a peaceful religion is as delusional as an insane person who talks to their invisible friend ... oh ... wait a minute ... now it all makes sense!

    June 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      2 John 1:7  

      For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

      Also, T.i.tus 1:10

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  9. Happy Atheist

    Proud member of a group that has been even more widely hated and misunderstood than Islam. Though I must admit, I only enjoy my membership because I live in a country that doesn't have blasphemy laws. Sadly, just my mere stating that no God or God's exist would still get me jailed or killed in many countries today.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Same applies to you.

      2 John 1:7  

      For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

      also, T.i.tus 1:10

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  10. Daniel

    I wonder what the reaction would be if it was widely publicised every time a "Jesus" shot or robbed somebody in east L.A. and the media asked "Why are these Christians so violent? Were they not raised good catholics and some even have giant crosses tatoo'd on their backs? What are we to do about the Christian problem?"

    June 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      2 John 1:7  

      For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

      T.i.tus 1:10

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • shamrock26

      Problem with your analogy is that these "Christians" are not robbing and killing for their faith, muslims are.

      December 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  11. What we know

    We know the apostles told the truth.

    They said Jesus willingly went to face Roman soldiers that would strip him publicly multiple times, and in one instance, beat him to near death, scourging, ropes with rocks and glass or metal to cut the skin. Many undergoing that died before it was over. Jesus didn't from that, he died from being nailed to a cross afterwards, naked in front of people that loved him.

    Jesus died for the sins of those that believe him and repent. That's what he was there for.

    Islam doesn't believe the apostles told the truth. Hence you see violence instead of turning the other cheek. Cutting off someone's head rather than ending it with love.... from God.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      How do we "know" that the apostles told the truth? You know no such thing. You think, you hope, it is your oppinion, but you dont know.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      We have no idea of who wrote the four Gospels, how credible or trustworthy they were, what ulterior motives they had (other than to promote their religion) or what they based their views on. We know that the traditional story of it being Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is almost certainly wrong. For example, the Gospel of Matthew includes a scene in which Jesus meets Matthew, recounted entirely in the third person!! Nevertheless, we are called upon to accept the most extraordinary claims by these unknown people, who wrote between 35 to 65 years after Christ died and do not even claim to have been witnesses. It is like taking the word of an unknown Branch Davidian about what happened to David Koresh at Waco – who wrote 35 years after the fact and wasn’t there.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      We know that the apostles were liars.

      They reported that Jesus was magic and performed miracles. Either Jesus lied, or they lied. It has to be one or the other.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      All are under the Apostle Paul because those that followed the Law, dropped the ball and gentiles had to spread the truth of salvation until the Jews get back on board and know that Jesus is God.

      1 John 5:7

      For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • G to the T

      Ahhhh. Now it makes sense HS – Your a "Paulian", not a "Christian"...

      June 6, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  12. knightleyemma

    Reblogged this on Knightleyemma.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  13. Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

    Denial is rather common human reaction when facing inconvenient truths. Lets see, Islam is going about 14.5k terror attack in modern history. Christianity is going on about what 5 and Judaism..2? At some point you have to admit there is a problem.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Xtians have killed millions, not thousands. God, and the jews, killed over 2 milllion just in the bible alone, if you believe that stuff.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      @Honey Badger Don't Care
      I do believe I said MODERN history. Besides until one can prove that actually happened, it is inadmissible.

      June 6, 2013 at 8:06 am |
  14. EnjaySea

    Islam has simply grown up to be a teenager, that's all. It's 14 now (1400 years old thereabouts). When Christianity turned 14, all Hell broke loose, and it became vicious, hateful, murderous, theiving, corrupt, quick to fight, quick to persecute, quick to burn people alive, and quick to commit genocide.

    Christianity seems to have grown up now that it's out of its teens. Maybe Islam will too, in a few hundred years.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      The only difference between Islam and Christianity is a few hundred years of secularist teaching them how to be civil. It has nothing to do with the age of the religion but the courage of people standing up to primitive belief systems.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      When Christianity was 1,400 years old ...

      – The three hundred years of religious warfare known as the Crusades had tapered off by about 1300.

      – In 1415 John Wycliff would be declared a heretic for opposing church teaching and printing an English translation of the bible. His body would be exhumed and burned and the ashes thrown into a river.

      – After pogroms in the 14th century, including one in 1391, the Spanish Inquisition would not officially start until 1481. It would continue for centuries.

      – The bloody wars of the protestant reformation would not start until about 1524 and then last for more than a century. (Disputes between Sunni and Shia are a picnic compared with these). The 17th century 30 years war would kill 8,000,000 Europeans.

      – Not until 1600 would Giordano Bruno be burned at the stake for the heresy of proposing that the sun was a star and that there might be people living on planets orbiting other stars. In 1633 Galileo would be placed under house arrest for susp!cion of heresy for his claims of heliocentrism.

      If Islam is half as blood-thirsty and theocratic as Christianity we have a lot to be worried about as Islam grows up.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Could it be? Yes it is.

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      As I said before, the age of the religion is irrelevant. This is 2013 not 900a.d. Christians have much to answer for but that is NOT a justification for the actions of a DIFFERENT group.

      June 6, 2013 at 8:09 am |
  15. ReligionIsBS

    Hey crazy Muslim woman, if I can see your face, you're doing it wrong.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  16. ReligionIsBS

    Im just waiting for a christian to claim that this is an attack on christianit somehow.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      We know you.

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  17. Reality

    Ms. Moezzi,

    Read the following very carefully and then respond if you can to what is noted:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    June 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  18. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    @Ms. Melody Moezzi

    I'm sure it does hurt.

    You don't have to apologize for the acts of other Muslims.

    But where there is smoke there is fire. Militant jihadism as political expression is real. You are suffering the consequences of sharing a faith with zealots. There is no wall of separation of church and state for these people.

    Your choice is to deal with it or distance yourself from their interpretation of your faith. It is the militant jihadists that have done this to you.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  19. Atheist

    Melody says, "Today, I’m tired. So tired that I’m going to do something I’ve never done before"

    Please call the 1-800-hotline, atheists are waiting to talk to you.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • To both of you

      🍻 🍻 🍻 🍻

      June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  20. Reality

    Obviously, Ms. Moezzi suffers from the Three B Syndrome, i.e. Born, Bred and Brainwashed in religion and her case Islam.

    Added details:

    “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today
    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Reality

      But there are easy cures for this type of syndrome. For Islam:

      From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
      be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You do your best. Not good enough for dropping the ball.

      T.i.tus 1:10 and 2 John 1:7

      Amen.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
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