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What does free-thinking mean to you?

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Who is the real "free thinker"?

The atheist, who:

1) Lives in a secular world,

2) Goes to schools with secular curricula based on secular philosophies that constantly question and critique faith on the basis of "critical thinking,"

3) Is embedded in an elitist secular culture that neither recognizes God or religion,

4) Is everyday exposed to media, movies and music that ignore or question the existence of God,

5) Resides in an overall secular intellectual milieu where being "religious" is tantamount to naivety and being sceptical of religion is tantamount to enlightenment,

and then, after all that, arrogantly proclaims as if, against all odds, he has made the discovery of the century, "Eureka! There is no God!"?

...Or the Muslim, who:

1) Lives in a secular world,

2) Goes to schools with secular curricula based on secular philosophies that constantly question and critique faith on the basis of "critical thinking,"

3) Is embedded in an elitist secular culture that considers Islam retrograde and terroristic,

4) Is everyday exposed to media, movies and music that ignore or question the existence of God and attack Islam in particular,

5) Resides in an overall secular intellectual milieu where being "religious" is tantamount to naivety, being sceptical of religion is tantamount to enlightenment and being Muslim is tantamount to simple-mindedness at best, medieval barbarity, at worst,

and then, after all that, maintains conviction and confidence in his Islamic beliefs and holds firm despite the all consuming pressure, like clutching a burning ember?

Who has really gone against the tide and sought after the truth in the face of overwhelming adversity?


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