My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Islam ready to rule the world?

Well, yes, according to President Ahmadinejad of Iran.
Iran’s state-owned media and newspapers have been reporting the Israeli leader’s deteriorating health condition with evident glee. In a statement put out by state-run news agencies, the Headquarters for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement said “the death of Sharon brings joy to the hearts of Muslims”.

The ultra-conservative president told the radical Shiite Islamists, many of whom have come to Qom from different Muslim countries, that Islam did not restrict itself to geographical borders.

“We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads the world to justice”, Ahmadinejad said.

“We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world”, he added.


Blogger Barrie B F Hebb said...

I am not sure I understand why you have selected this quote. I did not see a comment or interpretation attached to it. But I decided I wished to comment anyway to it. There are lots of different people in this world and it is not difficult to find extremist views within any sub group of the human race (even though I would debate whether we really can divide humans into groups like Islamic, Canadian, American, etc - it is mostly a mythical exercise). of those claiming Islam as their religion, you will find many with different views on Islam, different degrees of strictness in their interpretation, etc, just as you will in Christianity. You will find some people who call themselves Canadians and who have extreme views about what a Canadian person is and how a Canadian person ought to act. The question I have is this - why would we read the quote above and at all think that it is representative of the Muslim world? Do we choose quotes from Stephen Harper and pretend that he represents the views held by the vast majority of Canadians? Ihope people do not do this!

In any case, it is a highly inaccurate exercise to pretend that some religions are more prone to democracy than others. The Western nations where people for the most part practice some form of Christianity do not have perfect democratic states and there is an attempt to seperate Church and State - all democracies are int he state of progress. The Middle East is not a region where there is no democracy and no common ground with western nations. Islam has lived side by side with Christianity for over a thousand years and actually, the relationship has been more peaceful than violent - I refr to the large numbers of people who identify themselves in the Medditeranean as Muslim. There are large numbers in the USA and Canada as well. Actually, Islam and Christianty are related religions and Islam technically includes Christianity and is also monotheistic (albeit there is some fuzziness about this term and how it applies).

Iraq had a thriving democracy and Iran is well on its way to having a democratic state - and probably these regions would have better developed democrcies today had the USA and Isreal not interfered so much in the Middle East and destroyed systems of voting, governance, etc. Look at Turkey. What an interesting country and in many ways, very democratic in ways that most people would define democracy.

I am not sure why you picked on Islam and I am not sure why you chose to state that you support Isreal per se. I support Jews, of course, in their freedom to practice their religion, to not be persecuted - as I do all people - by how would this at all include support for an adminsitration that does not, clearly, share the values of peace, acceptance and tolerance of others, or that murder is wrong. I do not see the links and think there are some serious flaws in your views.

Yes, I am belittling your knowledge of history. So be it.

6:37 AM  

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