America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
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27 March 2006

Chapter 5: Orson Scott Card Was Way Ahead of the Curve

I hate to be stuck on one topic for so many days, but the following dialogue found in chapter 5 of the book Shadow of the Giant, is very relevant and I want to share it. The words are from a character named "Virlomi":
..."No one is faithful to G-d who has no choice. That is why Hindus are truly faithful, for they may choose not to become Hindus and no harm comes to them."
"And that is why there are no true Muslims in the world, because they may not choose to cease to be Muslims. If a Muslim tries to become a Hindu or a Christian or even a simple unbeliever, some fanatical Muslim will kill him."...
..."Islam is a religion that has no believers," she said. "Only people who are compelled to call themselves Muslims and live as Muslims under fear of death"...

The relevence to recent events in Afghanistan is pretty stunning. The Shadow of the Giant is set in the distant future. In a nutshell, the Caliphate has been re-established, and is conquering Asia in leaps and bounds. Their armies have defended and "liberated" India from China's advance, but this is only a mask for their true objective, to conquer India and convert the masses to Islam using force and brutality. The character Virloma leads India, and the passage above is a part of her message to the Caliph himself. Be advised, this is part five of a series, and in order to fully appreciate and understand how it unfolds, it's best to read Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Shadow Puppets first.

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