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Orthodox Muslim.

The French Enlightenment philosopher, Voltaire, was a fierce critic of religion (especially in politics), but even he was far fairer in his analysis of Islam than most "critics" today. For example, when his peers attempted to compare the Judaism of their day to Islam, this is what he had to say:

"The Arabs were never seen invading their neighbors like ravished carnivorous beasts, nor were they seen slaughtering the weak, claiming divine orders as an excuse, nor were they seen flattering the powerful with false oracles. Their superstitions were neither absurd nor barbaric. They are never mentioned in the universal histories fabricated in our part of the world. I sincerely believe that they have no relationship to the small Jewish nation that has become the object and foundation of our so-called universal histories, in which a certain category of authors forget three-quarters of the world as they copy each other." - Voltaire, La Philosophie de l'histoire, p. 142

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