Whether you think it's fiction is really not relevant to the discussion. The Muslim world certainly doesn't think it's fiction. In fact, the Muslim world embraces the words of the Koran wholeheartedly. The Koran is considered, by Muslim authorities, to be the literal word of God, and a guide for the behaviour of all Muslims. I don't claim to be an expert on it, but I've read enough, and seen enough video of young Muslim boys and men sitting, cross-legged on the floor, heads bobbing up and down as they chant the words of the Koran, over an over, for hours after hours to realize what kind of indoctrination they're getting.
Well, like in other threads lets put the focus on those who are radicalizing the religion and hijacking (lol) it from the common follower. But as we see in so many cases all the followers of said religion get painted with the same brush. It's ignorance at it's best. It does not address the issue which is Radical Islam, which is but a small tiny fraction of Islam overall. Hell most people are not aware of the 3 major factions within Islam. The fact that the Sunnis and the Shiites don't seem to agree on many things within Islam and mostly fight with each other and kill each other more than they kill westerners or Christians. And even less know about the sub-factions within the Sunni, Shiite and Sufi factions of Islam.
Tell them the Koran is a work of fiction. For that matter, go to some Muslim countries and try to tell anyone its a work of fiction. You will be arrested, and in some places, sentenced to death for such words.
You can tell any religious group that their holy book is a work of fiction and see the reaction you get. It's not restricted to Muslims. Try to attack Christianity and see what Mr. Canada has to say about it. He is suggesting a genocide and ethnic cleansing of Canada, weather it's by forcing them our of the country, or jailing them or perhaps even kill them.
Anyone who can think will ask me the question 'why do you feel this book is fiction?'. Those who cannot end up making threats, because to me religion on the whole is simply a brainwashing machine and a control mechanism.
Edited by GostHacked, 11 March 2011 - 01:04 PM.