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  •  I read all your words and still (0+ / 0-)

    did not understand exactly what you are driving at.

    Perhaps because I am neither Christian nor Muslim, but agnostic, but still, I was brought up a Christian and have certainly had my consciousness raised about Islam

    It isn't hard for me to think that a theocracy (of any faith) would be a terrible thing. Too many opportunities for simple human injustice.

    and, would you please address Persiflage's comment?

    You don't know the REAL Homer! It's all burping and neglect! -- Bart Simpson

    by Pandoras Box on Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 07:53:32 AM PDT

    •  You are right... (0+ / 0-)

      when you say that you,

      "did not understand exactly what you are driving at."

      I am writing to both non-Muslims and Muslims raising only questions about government in Muslim countries. Chiefly, those that were instituted during in some kind of post-colonial patchwork.

      But in saying that,

      It isn't hard for me to think that a theocracy (of any faith) would be a terrible thing. Too many opportunities for simple human injustice.

      You really have missed my point here. I am agreeing with you in this entire article. Although the reason you missed this is because this portion of the article was directed at Muslims using Islamic terminology such as bid'ah. May suggest to reread the article now knowing this, it may help.

      -- Hakim Abdullah | Chief Editor

      by Hakim Abdullah on Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 08:08:51 AM PDT

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      •  You know, I very carefully read (0+ / 0-)

        your definition of bid'ah, and comprehended it. It was the rest of the article, which appears to me to presume an awfully deep understanding of the way  Islam functions on the part of readers that missed its mark for me.

        You don't know the REAL Homer! It's all burping and neglect! -- Bart Simpson

        by Pandoras Box on Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 09:14:51 AM PDT

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        •  It's a very common error (2+ / 0-)
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          --where someone who knows a subject too well, or too closely, has difficulty presenting it to someone (or a group) that lacks much of the basics.

          I remember professors who suffered from the same problem (and all of us suffered for it...).  

          And the same thing ensured me a living; it's what good tech writers do; straddle the abyss between the engineers, programmers and others who know something very well, very closely, and cannot even begin to fathom how to communicate it (or, often, why there's a problem; those idiots ought to understand this, it's easy!).

          "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

          by ogre on Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 10:17:41 AM PDT

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          •  very well said (1+ / 0-)
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            Persiflage

            yes, i feel there is both a religious and perhaps a language/cultural barrier which is causing some misinterpretations here

            You don't know the REAL Homer! It's all burping and neglect! -- Bart Simpson

            by Pandoras Box on Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 10:29:17 AM PDT

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