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Below The Belt, 18 Aug. 2005
In my opinion this book is nonsense. How can people like this be allowed to write books critiquing a major issue such as the validity of a religion.
1) He uses sources which are unproven, probably created by right wing evangelists to pump their own agenda out to the masses. I would have taken his arguments more seriously if he had quoted sources which are actually proven to be fact by the muslim scholars and then based his arguments around these.
2) He argues about topics that are always used by opponents to verbally denigrate a group, society or religion. For example, women and hijaab. His arguments are baseless. The muslim women who you see covered up on a daily basis do this by choice and with the understanding of why it is necessary to do this. You see plenty of muslim women worldwide who do not CHOOSE (key word) to wear hijaab and although i do not agree with this, i must let them be because as a muslim i believe that it is my duty to inform them of their duties but it is not my duty to judge as God will judge people for their actions.
3) He jumps from one topic to another without any clear direction or transition and it can clearly be seen that his basis for argumentation is similar to a person who has no idea what he is arguing about but will refuse to stop trying to prove a point which he does not understand himself.
As a trained psychologist my conclusion after reading this book is that he might have been someone who has been mistreated by somebody, maybe his parents, his schoolteacher or his classmates during his childhood years and is looking to vent his frustrations by blaming his previous religion as he feels this was the major influence in his life and therefore that must be the reason why he suffered pain, anguish and despair.