There are many sides fighting to influence our world view
We need to listen to all of them (free speech)
Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover
The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:
The Amphiist defends the views of the oppressed
Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides
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May 22, 2018 Today in the…
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The mainstream media defends Muslims to a degree. The media encourages migrants from Middle Eastern countries to enter Europe, for example, and offers them benefits. Perhaps this is a way to offer some sort of reparations for the colonialism and imperialism of the past. Or perhaps there is a more sinister agenda in the hearts of the former oppressors. Of course, an argument can be made that the Muslims as a whole are still victims of systemic discrimination and prejudice. There are certainly an enormous number of Islamophobes in the world. For the next week or so, Amphiist will look at the Quran and ask what Islam really teaches.
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The Other Side
In Quran 5:32, it outlines when murder is permissible. It is okay in self-defence. It is also acceptable to kill if someone is spreading mischief. This made me think of how people with extremist views can sometimes not commit murder themselves, but they can encourage others who are mentally ill to do so. Thus, they represent a major threat to society. According to the Quran, it is acceptable to kill such people for the public good, but only as a final resort. Contrary to popular belief, the Quran prohibits violence as much as possible.
Another example of what is known as Islamic or sharia law is what happens to a thief. Cutting off their right hands from the wrist joint is the prescribed punishment, according to sharia law. This acts as a strong defence against thievery. However, it should be remembered that if a person repents after the stealing but before punishment, they should be forgiven.
Quran 5:45 makes the valuable point that traditionally the viewpoint of sharia is an eye for an eye, like the Bible says (there are obviously tons of similarities between the two sets of scriptures). But in an amphiist way, it goes on to say that if someone wishes to forgive the person the transgression against them, the person who forgives will also have their sins forgiven.
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