Gregory Davis : RELIGIOUS BIGOT or RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR?

United States
October 30, 2007 4:54pm CST
Gregory Davis is the author of, "Islam: What the West Needs to Know." and "Religion of Peace? Islam's War against the world.". A case can be made that he truely understands Islam as how it is different from religions of the west. A case be made that he's a bigot, untrusting of all Muslims. Which is it? Here are some quotes. "The most important aspect of Islam not understood in the West is that Islam is less a personal faith than a social and political plan for organizing humanity - really, a system of government." "An Islamic society is invariably a theocracy ruled by Sharia (Islamic) law, which is understood as God's prescribed legal code for all mankind, based on the commandments of the Koran and the precedents set by Muhammad." Here is a link to an interview. http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID={AA691EB6-8EF1-4FEB-9CD2-87D0AB60D7D6} So, do you think Gregory Davis is a bigot or a scholar? Maybe a bigotted scholar? Please, tell us why you think so.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
31 Oct 07
I do not fully understand the point at hand at this moment in time and will endeavor to read up on this further as soon as I have the chance. However, it is a fundamental right of an individual to formulate their own opinion on any topic. As long as it is based on research, personal experience and the combined input of many viewpoints then his opinion could be deemed as credible and he could also be deemed to be a scholar. If this is more of a personal crusade against Islam as a whole and has stereotypical undertones then I would deem him to be a bigot. When you consider how many Muslims there are on this earth and what percentage of them are extremist, the majority of them are peaceful and law abiding people with great discipline. The world has continuously been rocked by theological disputes throughout history and this will never change. Arguably Islam can be considered a forced religion in some regions of the world but overall surely it is not? Every "mainstream" religion on this earth is open to scrutiny and faults can be found with all if you dig deep enough or are able to be interpretive and are charismatic enough to garner the support of others.
• United States
31 Oct 07
You certainly have a way with words. I look forward to seeing what further you have to say about this question.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
31 Oct 07
Very interesting article. I think one of the most crucial statements made is this one - "It is the goal of Islamic terrorism that we need to understand, and this requires an understanding of Islam itself." Knowledge is ultimately power. Like any religion or belief system that falls outside of the tag of religion (such as political beliefs, Marxism, Leninism etc)it is the extremist spin offs that cause the issues. Followers of Islam are not the singular offenders by any means! David Koresh with the Branch Davidians is a solid example of Christianity gone haywire for one..... Aum Shirinyoko as a "guru" in Japan causing all the attacks with sarin gas is another example of misguided interpretations that attracted followers. All religion can arguably be tagged as political to a degree as well because it is a BELIEF system and a guide of sorts on how to live one's life. Evil exists in people and can become more powerful than the person themself if the person is charismatic enough. Another reference in the article was made regarding the scenario of Muslims stating that Allah is the one true God and that Mohammed is the one true Prophet. How is this any different from the Christian views of God and Jesus as his only son? Unless you are a Hindu for example, the acknowledgment of multiple Gods is not an option if you wish to be literal and committed to most faiths. I referred previously to Muslims expressing great discipline. It is this discipline which arguably sets them apart as this is a collective adherence by the majority who claim to be Islamic. Many of us claim to be Christian but how many of us are able to proclaim the same devotion and prove the same commitment to our faith? Islam versus the rest of the world will be forever alive and well; and the bad in things will always be the primary focus of many. The goal should be to cultivate TOLERANCE and understanding; and most importantly, TRANSPARENCY between us all. If coexistence can be achieved among all religions or belief systems and there is little hidden then fear of the unknown would take a back seat.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Thanks, for the elaboration. You make my list of best writers on myLot.
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