Hi. Hope you are well. I don’t want to sound rude either. But consider this:
If one goes with the 9 year old hypothesis for Aisha the Shia get offended. If one goes with the 28 years old hypothesis the Sunni get offended (and one can get accused of heresy either way). And still the fact remains that the writers of the materials explicitly state 9 years old, and these individuals were closer to the purported events than any modern “scholar”.
Has it ever occurred to you that no one has the right to NOT be offended and that truth, facts and verifiable evidence are preferable than myth and superstition?
What research is there to be done? That religions are nothing more than a pick and choose exercise on things that lack any evidence of being true in the first place? Who decides who is right between Sunni and Shia? Who decides if it was 9 or 28 years old? Can’t you see that such religiously based nonsense is the cause of so much bloodshed in the Middle East? The reason and license to have child brides in many of these countries? Did the “prophet” did not have multiple wives? Is that not a clear reason why women are treated so poorly in Islamic societies?
I am not the one taking child brides, I am not engaging in polygamy, nor am I the one presenting overtly complex and implausible arguments in order to have Islamic materials say something different to what they actually say. If someone is offended by me then these people need to sit down and realize that the problem is not in those who point out the obvious. The problem is in the fact-less religion itself and how the true believers act upon it.
After midnight, mobs roamed downtown streets, attacking cars they suspected had Christian passengers. In many areas, there was no visible police or army presence to confront or stop them. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people, blame the country’s ruling military council for being too lenient on those behind a spate of anti-Christian attacks since Mubarak’s ouster. As Egypt undergoes a chaotic power transition and security vacuum in the wake of the uprising, the Coptic Christian minority is particularly worried about the show of force by ultraconservative Islamists.
I would like to know what other factors, other than religious differences, would be at play here.