Islam is a full reversal of freedom.
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Although it is the burden of the Affirmative side to present definitions of phrases and words mentioned in the resolve, I will go ahead and provide the definitions myself as the Affirmative side has not done so.
Islam - A monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the religious text known as the Qur'an. This text is believed by Muslims to be the word of Allah. In this debate, Muslim will be used interchangeably with the word Islam as they are synonyms.
Full - complete especially in detail, number, or duration
Reversal - a change to an opposite state, condition, decision, etc
Freedom - the quality or state of being free: as
-the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
-liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.
-a political right
All definitions were extracted from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary with the exception of Islam, which was extracted from the Wikipedia.org.
In light of the unrest within and between the countries of the Middle East, as well as the recent events such as the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in 2015, as well as the attacks at the Bataclan along with other public locations throughout Paris on November of 2015, the growing fear of Islamic extremism, as well as xenophobia, and Islamophobia has grown in the general public to unprecedented levels. These fears are not without reason, as the majority of terrorist attacks around the world within the last 10 years have been committed by or on the behalf of militant jihadist groups such as Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and Daesh.
These statistics and events have caused a phenomenon to arise. With times of emergency and crisis, people often look for someone to blame, and this time, unfortunately, the Muslim population has taken the blame. Islam, one of the three Abrahamic religions, the other two which include Judaism and Christianity, is the second largest religion in the world with 1.62 billion followers around the globe, accounting for 23% of the world population.
With this in mind, I get back to my point.
Due to recent events, many have come to concluded that the values of Islam, as described by it's holy text the Qur'an, is responsible for the violence and atrocities committed by these militant jihadist extremists. This conclusion was most likely obtained due to the fact that these jihadist groups often justify their actions using their religion, reciting phrases such as "Allahu Akbar" which is Arabic for "God is Great".
This generalization of the values of the Islamic religion are not only ignorant, but also bigoted and racist.
I now will read several quotes from a the holy text from one of the Three Abrahamic Texts, the Bible, Torah, and Qur'an
"If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."
"When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property."
"As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you."
"Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the [holy man] who represents God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged."
All the previous passages were verses from the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible. Because the Torah is roughly the same set of texts which are known as the Old Testament, these verses are equally representative of the Judaic ideology.
I am not saying that Islam is a religion of peace, a religion does not represent either war or peace. The followers of a religion interpret the texts to their understanding and make decisions about war or peace based on their interpretations. As you see above, the Judaic and Christian texts provide equally grotesque and barbaric practices as those in the Quran. However, all three religions also have their good sides.
When we think of an Islamic country, we immediate point our heads to the Middle East. Countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, etc have some of the worst records of human rights violations in the world. However these countries only account for less than 8% percent of all Muslims. The majority of Muslims live in South Asia, Africa as well as in Europe, and the Americas. To say that the human rights atrocities of these few countries is representative of the entire religion is bigoted and if I may, stupid. In Turkey, they have had more female heads of state than any other country in the world. In Indonesia, all peoples are considered equal and the government is a democratic state. The unethical practices such as female genital mutilation and decapitation are a larger problem in Central African countries which are predominately Christian, than in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
The point which I'm attempting to make is that Islam in no way promotes the restriction of basic civil liberties and human rights. The religion does not promote anything. It is the people who choose to interpret the text in that manner which restrict the freedoms of people. If you were to compare the texts of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, all three would have equal proportions of barbarism to kindness.
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