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  1. I think it is fair to come in here and post my defense. First off, that was 2 years ago, if I remember correctly. I still talk to people from this forum, outside of here. Ask them if I am that same person. You'll see that they would say no. In fact, as I posted in another thread, I have changed a great deal, based on my own personal life experiences. For example, I became good friends with a guy from Indonesia, while at uni, who is a Muslim. He and I hung out a lot, made each other dinner, and stuff like that. It was easy for me to believe and post things from other people on the internet, on this forum, simply because I didn't have that personal connection with anybody who was Muslim in my life. As my time as a leader at my Campus ministry on a secular campus, I even reached out to the local MSA to have a BBQ dinner with my church, in hopes of building friendship. Besides, the guy who runs investigate islam is a fraud, and preaches false doctrine of Christianity. So, you can decide to not trust me, if you so desire. That is fine. It is your choice. I understand your reasoning. I would have a hard time trusting someone with my past. However, I do realize that people grow up, mature, and change their opinions about things. After all, do you have the same exact foolish opinions you might have held as a child, or even a few years ago? I know I don't. Now granted, I am still a Christian, so by default I think that everything else is wrong, just like as a Muslim you find everything else to be wrong. There is no shame in making that claim. I stand by my Christian belief, and my Muslim friends know this. We might have an occasional discussion about beliefs and such, but don't ever hold malice towards each other for our beliefs. Finally, to make it clear why I posted here again: I am not in the business of converting you. That is not my job. If you wish to debate/discuss religion and faith, then fine. And if from that you want to be Christian, great. I am not here primarily for that though. Right now I am between jobs, so I have a lot of free time on my hands. So I decided to come around to see how things were around here. Again, I have a few friends that I talk to on a daily basis that are regulars here, and they have mentioned the site a few times, which piqued my curiosity. So, there it is from my own mouth..erm hands, I guess.
  2. Its really hard to tell. I mean from what aspect? Since weed is illegal in the US, you have to buy it illegally here, meaning it likely comes from drug cartels, who promote violence, arms, drug, and human trafficking, as well as instability in many countries, like Mexico. So from a larger perspective, smoking weed does a lot of harm to others. Alcohol also does harm to others, like if you drink and drive. But it also ruins a lot of lives. When I was part of this campus ministry, i knew a few people who came for help because they were 18/19//20 year olds who were self proclaimed alcoholics. It is very addictive, and even though it is permitted in extreme moderation in my faith, I still advise people to avoid it because of its harmful effects.
  3. I will attest to dialogue being a good thing. Here is my own experience: Some of you remember a few years back when i joined this site. I had no real knowledge of Islam, and really knew no one of Islamic faith. So I was here trying to "debate" and convert everyone to being a Christian. That didn't go over too well. In fact, it is a very shameful thing. And I know how shameful it is because with in the last year or two I was able to talk face to face with some Muslims, and actually built quite a few friendships out of just talking and not trying to convert everyone. In return, I have learned not only a lot more about Islam and Muslim, but also about my own faith. So yes, it does strengthen one's faith, for the most part. And it also leads to friendships, which is important to have in our world, filled with so much anger, confusion, and hate.
  4. Zilam

    Your Accent?

    Midwestern US, which is pretty well neutral, and a bit of southern twang in there as well.
  5. I find that changing my socks half way through the day, and washing my shoes once a month or so I can keep my feet smelling like a bed of roses....or something Now my hands on the other hand, they always smell bad. No matter how much I wash them, they smell a bit metallic or maybe a little rusty? Weird smell.
  6. I'm not going to be able to eat popcorn now, after hearing about feet smelling like that.
  7. I remember gabbly. It was so much fun.
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqg6BNSUG5Q MEOW LOL
  9. I like puppies, and kitties, and heaven! Sounds like a fun place.
  10. Zilam

    Mock Trial

    United Nations Security Council. I had to argue my case before the 5 permanent members and the 4 temporary ones. Basically, I argued that Kosovo was a historic part of Serbia, and there were a large number of Serbs living in Kosovo, and if it broke away there might be retaliation against the Serbs by the Albanians. I also pulled the card saying that if the UNSC voted to give Kosovo its independence, then Russia( UNSC Member) would have to give up Chechnya, China (another member) would have to give up taiwan, the UK and US (both members) would have to give up their territorial possessions. I argued that this is the same case, and if they didn't choose to release their own territories then they were hypocrites. Needless to say, I won that one.
  11. He is the worst type of person. When I hear his name, it makes me cringe, mainly because he is like a bad four letter word.
  12. Zilam

    Mock Trial

    Musa, when i did Model UNSC, i was representing Serbia, trying to promote my case against Kosovo being separate from us. It was fun, I got the UNSC to vote against the separation, so I'd say that my persuasion and speaking skills were sufficient.
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    Its a crap movie for sure. I've made sure to tell my Christian friends to through it away if they get it in the mail, because its nothing more than propaganda used to promote fear and intolerance in the election season.
  14. Zilam

    Mock Trial

    I didn't get to do mock trial, but I did get to dock mock Illinois legislation, mock EU, and mock UN Security Council. I think I liked the EU one more, simply because it was in Indianapolis, and it was so fun.
  15. Yeah, I was looking at the topic I was writing out and it just didn't feel like I would be able to do a good paper on it. So I think Im going to scrap that idea about the women, and focus on Islam as a whole and the issues it faces as it expands, and the world gets smaller. I'll focus only a little on something like terrorism, because that is so overdone, and maybe look at issues such as coping with western ideas being forced onto Islamic lands, and the so called competition that Islam and Christianity has in trying to win people over through dawah/witnessing. I don't think many people write too much on Dawah. Anyways, I would still like to give ya'll a survey, because I value personal opinions and experiences more than silly books and journals. So I'll have that soon if anyone wants to give me their two cents
  16. So I am doing a paper for my Islam class, and I was thinking about doing something about Muslim women from different backgrounds, like those from America and the West, those in Africa, the middle East, and then part of Asia. So first, do you think this would be good enough to get 12 pages? Secondly, is there an issue that would be best to focus on? Finally, this is the part I need your help with. I was wondering if I could get a few people willing to take a survey, or be willing to be interviewed about their faith. Thanks for any help
  17. Zilam

    Rate Your Life

    The last 21 years have been a rough ride, sometimes down below twenty (at a point where I wanted to kill myself) to points where I have felt that I have been so blessed that I have to be above 100. My life has only been at that high point when I have submitted fully to God, and it seems to be a lot better lately. So i think perhaps something is going right for once, and it has nothing to do with me, but He who is above.
  18. Yeah, that is what I thought when I first saw the article. I was like "I gotta post this on MM, for laughs"
  19. As well as others who work at Disney. And here I was thinking that she was a good girl! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,404192,00.html
  20. -cough- mine is zilam428 I know...original
  21. What do you mean by North American "people"? Just messing. A lot of white American people are especially social, like with anyone who is in a diff country, because they want to be all accepted by the "natives" of the land, or something like that. Funny thing is that here in the States at least, many aren't that social. Example, I was out walking the other day, and back home when you are out and see people driving, you usually wave as a nice gesture. I did that, and people went by with out replying with a wave. I walked by a guy outside with his puppy, and said hi, trying to be nice. He just walked away. I've noticed this trend for a while. People don't like their speaking to others here, but abroad, they are so darn talkative. Weird, ya? I could see it either way. I, too, can see how its stupid, when one knows they are not a slut. Like, why worry about what people say about you? Then again, some girls don't want people to label them negative, and give them a bad name. Imagine someone saying you are a slut, and some teacher or employer somehow hears that, and you don't deny it. It could mean something bad. Who knows. What really bothers me are those who are so eager to call people sluts, hoes, etc. I wonder if they are a little...self conscience about something?
  22. Oh I am just saying that saying that since I believe Jesus is lord(yes I won't argue that with you, like you said), then His ideas are enough for me. And I said me, because I am the only one in this world that I can truly rely on, and really, people have an impossible time changing my mind about something. I feel that if I start following other people's ideas, then what use is my own brain? God gave it to me for a reason, so I could think on my own. Does that make sense? I don't want it seem like i think the world revolves around me, because, Thank God, it doesn't.
  23. 1) Jesus 2) Myself What should I care what anyone else thinks besides my Lord, and myself?
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