salon dergisinde justin elliott imzasıyla yayınlanan arabic for right-wingers
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the term: taqiyya
how it's used: as an explanation for why muslims cannot be trusted -- because their religion allows them to ethically practice deception
example: "thus it is reasonable to conclude that keith ellison’s deceitful pronouncements at thursday’s homeland security hearings, this past thursday, and one day later on 'real time with bill maher,' are consistent with the koranic doctrine of taqiyya, islamic religious dissimulation." -- writer on andrew breitbart's big peace site
what it actually means: precautionary dissimulation of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. muslims recognize the personal duty of affirming right and forbidding wrong, but when confronted by an overwhelming injustice that threatens the well-being of an individual, this obligation can be fulfilled secretly in the heart rather than overtly. among shia muslims, who from the death of the prophet onward considered themselves subject to persistent religious persecution by the sunni majority and the holders of political power, taqiyya permits not only passive or silent resistance, but also an active dissimulation of true beliefs when required to protect life, property and religion itself.
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