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Featured What is wrong with smashing the idols?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by sovietchild, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Turned to Stone. Now I stretch daily.
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    Burning books is just as bad.
     
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    Destructive behaviour is the opposite of a peaceful nature. No wonder Muslims go around destroying temples and holy places with no respect for other beliefs and cultures.
     
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    How can those idols be a benefit to you?
     
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    Clearly numerous religions see a purpose in idols so when you destroy them, it is like if I were to destroy something that you believe is holy.
    Just as you would be horrified by someone burning your scripture, another will be horrified if you destroy their idols. Have some respect! What's wrong with practicing one's religion without interfering with someone else's religion? Such lack of respect is the opposite of peaceful behaviour.
     
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  5. Vinayaka

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    The World Trade Center was the idol of capitalism, freedom, and other things to many people. Destroying it was the right thing to do, right, Soviet Child?
     
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    They're cultural treasures. You're the sort of person who'd scribble over hieroglyphs, aren't you?
     
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    Where the idols of polytheists not at war with the Prophet destroyed in early Islam? Egypt is largely Muslim and yet the Sphynx, pharoah's tombs etc still stand.
     
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  10. Vinayaka

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    Perhaps not for long.
     
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    A picture is worth more than a 1000 words. Then an idol is worth more than 100,000. They can, and do pack more meaning and understanding than entire volumes of writing. Of course its possible that Islam has kept you illiterate in terms of how to read images, sculptures and idols. But then you are no different than a simpleton who can't read, does not understand the value of books and use the pages as kindling for fire (as the Barbarians who sacked Rome allegedly did).
     
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    Finally! Finally you make a thread asking what is wrong with something that is actually wrong. I've been waiting for this! I didn't think it would ever actually happen.

    Someone didn't get the joke.
     
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  13. Vinayaka

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    In freedom loving countries, personal property is protected by law. Most churches or temples, under law, are no different than private property. Destruction of idols is punishable. So people who promote it ought to be on a 'watch list', and this forum is not immune to that.
     
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    And some people wonder why I have largely ceased to be tolerant.
     
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    It's a connection to the past. It's important for humans to be aware of their own history and to preserve as much knowledge as possible.

    I suppose the reverse question can be asked: How does smashing the idols be any benefit to you? What harm do they cause?
     
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    I don't think it was a joke, but asking a hypothetical.
     
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    You can smash anything that belongs to you, just don't smash something that belongs to someone else. Of course smashing something historical and of cultural value like ISIS and Taliban are doing is really terrible.

    BTW, the veneration that many Muslims have for the Koran as a book (rather than the words in it) is a form of idolatory: Bibliolatry - Wikipedia . Which is why they get every upset when someone burns a Koran anywhere in the world
     
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    Remind me why I care? o_O
     
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    This^^
     
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    When Moses came down the mountain with the tablets of stone, which was the idol, the golden calf or the tablets of stone?
     
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