Levinas, your help is needed
The Orkut discussion went as follows: Khalid said something and in return Stefan made a generalization towards “Muslims in general”.
- Khalid said that he read a BBC article on the internet that Wilders may be sued for using a Danish cartoon image out of context and without permission in his Fitna film.
- Then Stefan says to him: "It's amazing how Muslims believe every bullshit story they hear on the Internet."
- I said to Stefan: “Instead you could just say: “Khalid, that Wilders-being-sued story is bullshit. Why do you make a generalization towards Muslims in general.”
“Esther, I'd talk to Khalid like an individual if he didn't sound EXACTLY like another copy of the myriad of Muslims I've already debated:
- Like them, he unquestioningly accepts the Quran and everything it says.
- He makes up the most pathetic excuses to justify Quranic verses; one of the worst was of course that "women like to be beaten up"; I also heard that 500 times; they obviously all get it from the same source.
- And like ALL Muslims, he always ends up with personal attacks, because he's unable to justify his blind faith.
Why should I assume that he has a mind of his own when he's just another mindless copy of all the other Muslims? They're INTERCHANGEABLE. Sometimes, I wonder if they're not just an exercise in AI - Artificial Intelligence. A program spewing out the same silly stuff without any connection with what the other person tells them. There's never an actual RESPONSE. And no, that has nothing to do with MY posts, because non-Muslims are immensely diverse. Even when we totally disagree, I get completely different answers every time - except on some issues, where leftists are also totally uniform. But you usually can get them away from those by going into other subjects.”
I said on Orkut:
"Stefan WOULD talk to Khalid like an individual IF he didn’t sound like many other Muslims, IN THE EARS OF STEFAN. Khalid is a unique individual, that’s for sure. The question if there are any other people who are more or less like him is totally irrelevant for the discussion between Stefan and Khalid. And I am sure that Khalid will not believe just any story he reads on the internet. Stefan even dares to doubt if Khalid has a mind of his own. Nobody is interchangeable. Instead of over one billion unique individuals, he considers all these human beings as programmed clones who all say the same. I have never seen such a clear example of “dehumanization of the other, as Levinas describes it."
"Stefan even dares to doubt if Khalid has a mind of his own.
I don't "dare to", I OBSERVE that he does not have a mind of his own! He's been EDUCATED not to have one. BRAINWASHED would be the proper term. Since his earliest childhood. That's the only explanation for why Muslims all think so damn much alike that you can perfectly interchange them in any debate. You can take Khalid here and exchange him against literally hundreds of others just like him I've previously debated.As soon as the debate turns toward Islam, the reaction of otherwise educated people becomes the same as that of all the other Muslims - PREDICTABLE! If someone's reactions and arguments are that predictable, then he is NOT using his own brain to respond, he is only aping what he has been taught before. I'm not the one "dehumanizing" him, HE was dehumanized by those who indoctrinated him with the ideology of Islam!It's exactly like extremist sects - Scientology or what not: they master the technique to perfection, too. The followers are told EXACTLY what they should think and how they should respond to certain questions. They are brainwashed until they accept everything they've been told.You know perfectly that the first aim of religious sects is to DESTROY INDIVIDUALITY, because they demand OBEDIENCE more than anything else.
Nobody is interchangeable.
They BECOME interchangeable, once they've been absorbed into a collectivist organization. Or do you expect that you could have gotten much out of an SS soldier?
Instead of over one billion unique individuals, he considers all these humans as being programmed clones who all say the same.
Not "the same" - the same RESPONSES! They dispense with thinking, because thinking would only get them into conflict with their religion. And the Quran and hadiths are very clear about it: if something seems to contradict the Quran, you have to reject it. The Quran is "never wrong". Don't you realize that the MAIN reason I oppose Islam is precisely because it dehumanizes people so much?! The loss of individual thinking, of submission to an ideology is absolutely devastating to any society. Islam demands just that."
"You said that Khalid is "just another mindless copy of all the other Muslims". But every human being has got a mind of his own. What you are saying are things that you invented yourself. You don't know Khalid, you don't know if he is brainwashed, and in fact it's irrelevant. Even if he would be brainwashed he still has his own mind and consciousness, he is still responsible for his actions and you cannot treat him like a mindless object."