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my brothers latest thoughts on Egypt.
and was talking about 5 star hotels, the above reason meaning 'maybe i should reevaluate my stance on muslims after all'
He isn't entirely without a point.
I mean the desire to not be prejudicied against any religion cannot blind us to the fact that Islamism (and especially the more extreme forms of Islamism) are a big problem in many areas of the world at the moment. Obviously at the same time it's equally silly to believe all Muslims are Islamists.
"it's equally silly to believe all Muslims are Islamists"
Surely that is exactly what they are.
So not the same thing.
Being an Islamist means subscribing to the view that being a Muslim involves subscribing to a political ideology as well as a personal belief system and that to be a Muslim one must desire the creation of a Muslim state and a Muslim government run by the rules of God rather than the rules of man.
Which for many Islamists would mean no democracy (as that involves man and not God choosing leaders) and strict following of strict interpretations of Koranic teachings (no music, no television, strict laws for segregation of men and women, sharia law etc.) and would tend to mean an anti-West attitude as Western governments don't follow Muslim teachings as they see them.
Obviously this is deeply flawed as an ideology as obviously a man would have to interpret and decide what God wants and obviously it's had a big impact in the world in terms of the Taliban and political regime in Saudi Arabia, plus Al Quaeda, Hezbollah etc. and it's difficult to deny that many Muslims the world over do subscribe to Islamism and in its worst forms it most certainly has many features of a Fascist ideology.
But it's a mistake to believe that all (or indeed most) Muslims are Islamists and that being a Muslim implies a belief in Islamism.
he wants to go on holiday, said 2,000 euro would do him fine, i said he'd probably need more if he wanted to stay in 5 star hotels (as he does) he then said the above about Egypt. that's about it.