So when you were a Muslim you must have come across some of the immoral things (by Twentieth Century Standards) that are condoned in Islam. For example:
• Aisha’s age at marriage
Went through quite a bit of a process with this one:
- Learned that she was married at like 16/17/18 in Islamic Studies class. Didn't seem like a big deal.
- Later on someone asked me about Aisha's age. I asked what the big deal was, he said that she was married at 9 or whatever. I looked it up.
- Was not sure what to make of it tbh, obviously having learned something different in Islamic Stud. class. So I stuck with the 16/19 one.
- Eventually found several scholarly views that sounded reasonable and corresponded with that view.
- Then I decided that if some famous scholars said she was 9 or whatever, how could they be wrong? (Amazing how I thought scholars were infallible.) So decided she was 9 and that it's okay to marry 9 yo in certain societies (srsly). :/
- Then switched back to 16/19 cuz I think it sounds more plausible.
So yeah.....this didn't really deter me from Islam per se, except that it made it more confusing and made me see how religion can make me accept something that is repulsive (child marriages).
• Wife beating
Hitting her with a toothpick? Never bothered me.
• Slavery in the Koran and Hadiths
Islamic slavery is different from American slavery.
• Sex with slave girls condoned in the Koran and Hadiths
Couldn't rationalise this one away, it completely blew away my "Islamic slavery is different from American slavery" line.
It's disgusting and gives me the heebie jeebies.
• Derogatory descriptions of non-Muslims
Errr....didn't think about it? Didn't occur to me.
• Warfare to spread Islam
Spreading a peaceful ideology, breaking loose the chains of the Byzantine/Persian empires, freeing serfs, etc. Minority groups (were supposed to) live in peace in Islamic societies. Stuff like that.
Hope this helps Tony.