The difference between Islam and other religions

Libby, a Bookworm Room friend, came up with one of the most accurate statements I’ve ever seen distinguishing Islam from other religions.  I have to share it with you:

The difference between Islam and other religions is that while other religions inspire their followers to control themselves to avoid sin, the followers of Islam seek to control their environment to avoid sin.

  • “You mean, like Democrats?” ~ Bob Hope

  • Blick4343

    Of all the distinctions I have seen or heard this one gets to the nut of it. The attempt to control the environment instead of one’self justifies the victim status  and blame shifting to others. (Its the woman’s fault for rape.) (Jews deserve to die –no reason)  This enviro-control is probably the root cause of the Lefty sympathy for sharia law and islamists. It explains all the Lefty projection of inner conflicts onto their enemies.  This envoro-control mindset is also why it is impossible to discuss any issue with islamists, and lefties — it is never their problem it is always somebody else at fault.


    Indigo Red
    Exactly! LOL

  • That’s the one, Sadie.

  • Libby

    Thanks, Book! I have to pass on the credit to Mark Steyn because I was paraphrasing something I heard him say years ago. It stuck with me because it’s the best differentiation of our two cultures that I’d ever heard.

  • Texan99

    I agree Islam does this, but I’m not so sure the practice is confined to Islam.  I’ve known fundamentalists, alcoholics, extreme ecologists, and members of other anxious belief systems to do it.

  • Texan99 – It isn’t that others haven’t and don’t do the same from time to time and sometimes in a very big way. It’s that Islam is the only religion that has codified the practice, it’s part and parcel of the creed. Without this aspect, Islam is just another religious sect like Snake Handling Christians – a little odd, but harmless. Islam is more than odd and is anything but harmless.

  • It’s not that cruelty, greed, and mafia like enforcement was confined only to Capone. It’s just that his logistics and war making funds exceeded a certain point where it became ‘tolerable’.

  • This is the same theme where a person has two choices in life when faced with adversity:
    1. Change the world
    2. Change themselves
    The Left and Islam chose 1 and I chose 2. So there it is.

  • michal

    >9 Nicely put.
    I learned that in therapy…

  • Danny Lemieux

    Bravo, Libby!
    I am reminded about that one line in the Lord’s prayer, however…”and lead us not into temptation”, so it’s not all or nothing, but it certain is a defining point. 

  • Texan99

    Indigo Red:  You may be right, but I still wonder if it isn’t a phase that lots of belief systems go through, and Islam is horribly caught up in it in this era.  Isn’t it pretty much like the Puritans at their stereotypical worst?  There’s always a terrible temptation to believe that our foul insides would be fine if only we could exert rigid control over our environments.  Don’t you know people who insist that no one around them may drink, smoke, touch forbidden GMO/non-local/etc. food, or even speak of it in their presence?  People who want to child-proof the whole world so that their darlings never encounter corruption or danger in any form?  It’s a defining characteristic of people who think that total control over their environment, including other people, can make up for a fatal weakness of character.
    Now, it may be that Islam is peculiarly lacking in basic credos or traditions that would protect it from this natural temptation, I don’t know.  It’s certainly in a mess just now.


    No. It’s not satire.
    WTF? Last week the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) formally changed its name to Washington Trust Foundation (WTF).

  • Islam isn’t the Puritans. Because the Puritans were never allied with the Mongols and learned successful ways to conquer and dominate nations.
    Islam still has a large volume of knowledge from the days in which they destroyed Persian religions and dominated the Indian sphere.

  • The Puritans, historically, sought out frontier territories. Essentially, they could not change the world where they were, so they sought to change themselves or at least find a new world.
    That is a very different life instinct than the death theme of the Mongols or Islam.

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