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Top Ten Reasons Why Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace
The American Thinker ^ | March 9, 2005 | James Arlandson

Posted on 03/09/2005 9:20:23 AM PST by quidnunc

Ever since 9/11, Muslim leaders who have access to the national media have told us that Islam is the religion of peace and that violence does not represent the essence of Muhammad’s religion.

Even President Bush and Britain’s Prime Minister Blair have repeated this assertion, saying that Islam has been “hijacked” by a few violent fanatics. Is this true?

Sadly it is not, for empirical, observable facts demonstrate beyond doubt that Islam at its founding is filled with violence — in the life of Muhammad himself and in the Quran itself.

Hence, these Muslim apologists must stop misleading unsuspecting Westerners, and they must be honest about the heart of their religion, for once and for all.

Here are ten clear, verifiable reasons that explain why Islam is not the religion of peace.

Clear? In order to prevent the standard, reflexive “out of context” defense from Muslim apologists, the context of each verse in the Quran is explained either in this article or in the links provided within each of the ten reasons. No verse is taken out of context, and Muslim translators are used.

Verifiable? The readers are invited to look up each verse in the Quran in multiple translations, by visiting this website and typing in references, like so: 61:10-12. (61 is the chapter or sura, and 10-12 are the verses). Once at the site, they should ignore request for the transliterated Arabic titles of the chapters in the Quran, and just type in the numbers.

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1 posted on 03/09/2005 9:20:24 AM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Preaching to the choir. Why bother??


2 posted on 03/09/2005 9:21:35 AM PST by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: quidnunc

I can give you just under 3000, they all dies on 9-11.


3 posted on 03/09/2005 9:22:26 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Never underestimate the power of human stupidity--Robert Heinlein)
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To: quidnunc
Top Ten Reasons Why Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace

This topic is getting pretty stale. Haven't we moved beyond this discussion yet?

Of course Islam is associated with violence, death and "martyrdom." But it probably has a least some benefits also, and hopefully good people in the Islamic world will find a way to build on those benefits.

4 posted on 03/09/2005 9:24:43 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: TXBSAFH

Sadly, we can give even more than that. If you take all of the bombings and other attacks and murders against the US, Israel, and anyone perceived as helping the US or Israel over many, many years, you end up with far more reasons than anyone has actually counted.


5 posted on 03/09/2005 9:24:56 AM PST by VRWCisme
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To: Windsong

Even if it is preaching to choir, it is important that we realize that "religion", and not just "Muslim" religion, is often a cover for othere nefarious stuff. You can't trrust it. You do not need to go through rituals and collect money to talk with God. All you need to do is be quiet and listen to your heart.


6 posted on 03/09/2005 9:24:59 AM PST by SURI
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To: quidnunc

I think #1 should be - Forcing beautiful women to put bags on their heads and bodies...


7 posted on 03/09/2005 9:25:37 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: TXBSAFH; quidnunc

Any other questions??

8 posted on 03/09/2005 9:26:55 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (TV News and the MSM - - - ROTFLMAO)
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To: quidnunc
I thought it was widely understood that Islam isn't a "religion of peace". I mean, don't most of us still consider a group of people that doesn't speak English, doesn't know Christ, and that lives a nomadic "hunter / gatherer" lifestyle savages? God I hope so.
9 posted on 03/09/2005 9:28:44 AM PST by Jaysun (Ask me for a free "Insomnia for Beginners" guide.)
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To: USF; Dark Skies; Fred Nerks; ariamne; Former Dodger; swordfish71; AmericanArchConservative; ...

Religion of Peace? Ping!


10 posted on 03/09/2005 9:29:14 AM PST by jan in Colorado (The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ)
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To: quidnunc

Like shooting fish in a fish store.


11 posted on 03/09/2005 9:51:54 AM PST by thoughtomator (channelling DonMorgan)
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To: 68skylark

Can't we all just get along?


12 posted on 03/09/2005 9:53:03 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Arrowhead1952

No further questions are needed!


13 posted on 03/09/2005 9:54:18 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: quidnunc

Fart towards Mecca Alert.


14 posted on 03/09/2005 9:57:40 AM PST by mowkeka
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To: quidnunc

Mark to follow-up


15 posted on 03/09/2005 9:59:42 AM PST by Finny (God continue to Bless President G.W. Bush with wisdom, popularity, safety and success.)
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To: quidnunc
It's also the religion of most Iraqi voters, Lebanese demonstrators and Iranian dissidents. Yes, it's the religion Islamofascists claim, but then Fred Phelps claims to be a Christian.

Could we have a little less of the simple-minded religious bigotry, please?

16 posted on 03/09/2005 10:00:42 AM PST by Grut
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placemark for later......


17 posted on 03/09/2005 10:10:14 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (Psalms 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee)
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To: jan in Colorado; Happy2BMe; SheLion; knighthawk
Required reading:


Prophet of Doom - Islam’s Terrorist Dogma, In Muhammad’s Own Words


Islam is a caustic blend of regurgitated paganism and twisted Bible stories.
Muhammad, its lone prophet, conceived his religion solely to satiate his lust for power, sex, and money.
He was a terrorist.

And if you think these conclusions are shocking, wait until you see the evidence at www.prophetofdoom.net.



Muhammad, Islam and Terrorism

THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD


Radical Islam's 'plan' to take over America - Arab-American author outlines secret 20-year strategy to undermine country

The Islamic States of America?

Misunderstanding the Enemy: the Islamic Threat and the U.S. Media

Islamic Concept of Al-Taqiyah to infiltrate and destroy kafir countries

CAIR Proposes World Islamophobia Report

CAIR: 'Moderate' friends of terror

An Open Letter to Islamic Organizations in America

Islam: This is a truthful hardhitting analysis that all of Freerepublic, the West and America needs to read and understand

The Islamic Vacuum

Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize


islamic Terrorist Attack Time Line

The Evidence: Chronology of Attacks on the West

Terrorism 101


islamic infiltration in the schools:

The Clinton and Islam partnership: Evidence of negotiations using America's public school children

A Seat at the Table: Islam Makes Inroads in Education

Spreading Islam in American Public Schools

American Saudi Schools: Home Grown Sleeper-Cells - (one more wake up call!)

Islamist Threat to Public Schools in Columbia, South Carolina?

Respecting Ramadan, Banning "Christmas" (School District Favors Muslims Over Christians)



"Why I left Islam", by Dr. Ali Sina


"...the real Islam is not what its philosophers and mystics have inferred but what is in the Quran and that is the Islam of the fundamentalist and the terrorist. The real Islam is the Islam that abuses women, that allows men to beat their wives, that imposes penalty tax on the religious minorities, that wants to dominate the world by subduing all the non-Muslims, that calls for Jihad and killing the non-believers until Islam becomes the only dominant religion of the World*."

"The enemy is Islam and that is the target of my attacks. I do that, despite knowing that I have become the magnet of the hatred of fanatical Muslims and my own life could be in danger.

Yet I know that by eradicating Islam we can save the world from the dangers of a catastrophe that otherwise is looming over our heads and could cause more disaster than the 1st and 2nd World Wars combined."


Islamic terror based on Qu’ran: ex-CIA official

"A former top official of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency paints a menacing picture of the relationship between Islam and terrorism.

"Islamic terrorism is based on Islam as revealed through the Qu’ran," keynote speaker Bruce Tefft claimed in a panel discussion at the University of Toronto on jihad and global terrorism.

And, he added, "There is no difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalism, which is a totalitarian construct..."

According to Tefft, the Qu’ran enjoins Muslims to believe that the whole world should be governed by the principles of Islam*, an expansionist religion that has historically grown through conquest..."



*‘Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth’

-- Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998






18 posted on 03/09/2005 10:10:34 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: SURI
Even if it is preaching to choir, it is important that we realize that "religion", and not just "Muslim" religion, is often a cover for othere nefarious stuff. You can't trrust it.

The same can be true of governments, schools, blogs, and just about any human institution. People can be very nefarious and will cover themselves with whatever is handy.

And with all of these institutions, the key is whether they are able to operate in the light of day or whether they must keep certain things hidden. Some religions and some governments are better than others in this respect.

Shalom.

19 posted on 03/09/2005 10:14:40 AM PST by ArGee (Why do we let queers tell us what's normal?)
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To: Grut
Could we have a little less of the simple-minded religious bigotry, please?

Some common sense! And lest those without it forget, Christianity did some pretty awful things in the name of religion too.

20 posted on 03/09/2005 10:14:57 AM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: Grut
Yeah, really! Just because a few bad apples were responsible for:


The 90+ suicide bombings against Israel during last 2 or 3 years
9/11 – just under 3000 Americans killed
6/01 - Bombing of a disco in Tel Aviv, Israel killed 21 people, mostly teenagers
10/12/00 - Suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole (17 US sailors were killed)
8/7/98 - Nairobi, Kenya bombing (224 people were killed and almost 5,000 were injured)
6/25/96 - Truck bombing of Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a residence of US military personnel. 19 US military personnel were killed
11/13/95 - Truck bombing of US National Guard training center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 7 people killed
1995 - The Islamic Jihad organization bombed the Egyptian embassy in Pakistan 
1994 - Hizballah agents bombed an Israeli cultural center Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
2/26/93 – First WTC bombing (7 Killed)
12/29/92 –bombing of hotel in Aden, Yemen
1992 - Imad Mugniyah allegedly bombed a Christian center in Argentina. 
1992 - Hizballah agents bombed the Israeli embassy in Argentina.
12/23/88 - A bomb onboard 757 airliner Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270
4/5/86 - Terrorists working for the government of Libya bombed a disco in West Berlin, killing a Turkish woman and a US soldier, and injuring hundreds.
12/17/85 - Terrorists working for the government of Libya bombed the airports in Vienna and Rome, killing 20 people.
10/7/85 - Hijackers working for the government of Libya raided the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro near Egypt
6/14/85 - TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome was hijacked
12/3/84 - Kuwait Airways Flight 221 from Kuwait to Pakistan was hijacked and diverted to Tehran.
11/20/84 - Truck bomb exploded outside the Aukar, Lebanon annex of the US embassy in Beirut. 24 people killed
12/12/83 - Shiite suicide truck bomber working for the government of Iran crashed into the US embassy in Kuwait(6 killed)
10/23/83 Shiite suicide bombers from the Hizballah organization, with the support of the government of Iran, bombed barracks in Beirut, Lebanon where US Marines and French paratroopers were housed. 299 were killed, including 241 US Marines
4/18/83 - Hizballah suicide bomber with the support of Iran and Libya crashed a pickup truck full of explosives into the US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. 63 people killed
1981 - Members of the Al-Jihad organization assassinated President Anwar Sadat of Egypt
4/80 - 6 Islamic terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London. They announced that they would kill a hostage every half hour, and killed two
11/4/79 - 80 Iranian students invaded the US embassy in Tehran, Iran and took 52 US citizens hostage
1972 - Terrorists attacked the Olympics in Munich, Germany, killed 2 athletes, and took hostages and a helicopter. One of the terrorists threw a hand granade into the helicopter and killed all the hostages.

Doesn't mean they're all bad.
21 posted on 03/09/2005 10:22:45 AM PST by SVeritas
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To: quidnunc

Reason #1... Islam is not a religion at all.. its a club.. with hazing and verbal hand shakes.. and knocks on the club house door for entry.. and club clothing(colors) like any gang.. Its a mob really and democracy suits it.. since democracy "IS" mob rule.. Democracy is the givernment for clubs.. or mobs.. The biggest and strongest mob RULES..




22 posted on 03/09/2005 10:34:18 AM PST by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Not from me.
Does any other 'religion' have masses of maniacs screaming in the streets?
Islam is the dream of mysiogynists, paranoids, schizophrenics, and anti-social anarchists. It empowers them. That says it all for me.
Islam must be erased from this planet. Period.


23 posted on 03/09/2005 10:41:02 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: Windsong

Simple, having a well laid out arguement, is part of what is missing. I for one have copied the passages, and it has given me more insight into the Koran.
OPs4 God BLess America
P.S. Thanks for the info.


24 posted on 03/09/2005 10:45:11 AM PST by OPS4 (worth repeating)
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To: A Ruckus of Dogs
Some common sense! And lest those without it forget, Christianity did some pretty awful things in the name of religion too.

How many times did Jesus go on punitive military raids against other other people?

25 posted on 03/09/2005 10:48:13 AM PST by Ajnin (I)
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To: SVeritas
Yeah, really! Just because a few bad apples were responsible for...

I see you and raise you:

Supression of the Albigensians
Expulsion of Moors and Jews from Spain
Catholic Inquisition
Supression of the Hugenots
Thirty Year's War

...and so forth. Obviously, by your logic, Christianity is just an excuse for bloodletting.

26 posted on 03/09/2005 10:51:36 AM PST by Grut
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To: Ajnin
How many times did Jesus go on punitive military raids against other other people?

Oh, he didn't, but plenty of Christians did their punitive raids in his name.

27 posted on 03/09/2005 10:53:22 AM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: jan in Colorado
Thanks for the ping Jan.

Religion of Peace?

Cult of Death, me thinks...

28 posted on 03/09/2005 10:55:13 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: ClearBlueSky
Does any other 'religion' have masses of maniacs screaming in the streets? Islam is the dream of mysiogynists, paranoids, schizophrenics, and anti-social anarchists. It empowers them. That says it all for me. Christianity went through this stage too. A lot of the early church fathers had some pretty misogynistic things to say about women. And let's not get into the crusades, the inquisition, and the catholic/protestant holy wars of Europe.
29 posted on 03/09/2005 10:55:45 AM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: Windsong

bump


30 posted on 03/09/2005 10:55:54 AM PST by Jason_b
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To: ClearBlueSky
Does any other 'religion' have masses of maniacs screaming in the streets? Islam is the dream of mysiogynists, paranoids, schizophrenics, and anti-social anarchists. It empowers them. That says it all for me.

Christianity went through this stage too. A lot of the early church fathers had some pretty misogynistic things to say about women. And let's not get into the crusades, the inquisition, and the catholic/protestant holy wars of Europe.

31 posted on 03/09/2005 10:56:49 AM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: Grut

The difference is that I mention recent history.

Honestly, on 9/11, when you saw planes flying into buildings, you didn't say to yourself:

"Those damn Swiss - we buy their chocolates and this is how they repay us"

You knew damn well who it was.


32 posted on 03/09/2005 10:58:28 AM PST by SVeritas
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To: EdReform
TEN REASONS WHY ISLAM IS *NOT* THE ROP

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33 posted on 03/09/2005 11:00:26 AM PST by Happy2BMe (Government is not the solution to our problem, government *IS* the problem.)
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To: 68skylark; broadsword

Everything's okay Broadsword, islam only "associated" with violence and death.

No causal link has been proven in an international UN world court.

Plus there are "benefits."

"Good" muslims to be a shining beacon.


34 posted on 03/09/2005 11:01:40 AM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: quidnunc

Hey quidnunc, thanks for the article. I went to the link and have printed it for my study and future reference. Thanks again.


35 posted on 03/09/2005 11:05:31 AM PST by Orca
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To: A Ruckus of Dogs

" Went through this stage."
As in PAST.
As in a helluva long time ago- as opposed to NOW.
How many THOUSANDS of years has Islam been 'going through this stage'??
I'm sorry, comparing Christian HISTORY to Islamic PRESENT makes no sense. Christianity- like most religions, evolved and is compatible with modern civilization.
Islam is not, does not want to be, and is-in fact- trying to take the rest of civilization back to the dark ages where it has REMAINED. Comparing Christian/other religions pasts to Islam's present is disingenuous at best.

Islam has no more place in modern civilization than any other brutal, barbaric 'religion' that worshipped blood and death and are now history. Disemboweling and human sacrifice would not be tolerated under the guise of 'religion' now. Why do some feel Islam must be tolerated just because they use modern(in some instances) methods? The Koran demands blood and death as plainly as an High Priest did in the past.

They are gone- Islam must go too.


36 posted on 03/09/2005 11:10:41 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: quidnunc
While the Koran is often vague and contradictory, it is very clear on the duty of the Dar-al-Islam (House of Islam) to combat the Dar-al-Harb (House of War), which is basically everyone else.

Sura 2:191 commands Muslims, "Slay them [infidels] wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out, for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter."

Sura 8:39 commands Muslims, "Make war on them [infidels] until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme."

Sura 9:5 commands Muslims, "Fight and slay pagans wherever you find them; and sieze them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every strategem [of war]."

Sura 9:29 commands Muslims, "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

For various reasons many English translators of the Koran often strive to downplay or whitewash the rhetoric. For a good literal translation of the Koran see Hoque's Translation and Commentary on The Holy Quran,

See also Ibn Warraq's What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary.

37 posted on 03/09/2005 11:13:22 AM PST by Gideon7
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To: sarah_f
I'm not a fan of Islam. But it's pointless (or worse) to complain about things we can't change. We've got to "engage" with Islam the best we can, since it isn't going away.

Over time, we all hope it will evolve into something better. If not, we'll have to keep them contained with military might -- and that's going to be difficult, bloody and expensive for both sides.

38 posted on 03/09/2005 11:32:44 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: quidnunc

Thanks. Have forwarded the article to some non-freepers.


39 posted on 03/09/2005 11:52:16 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: dennisw; watchin; VOA; timestax; xJones; justshutupandtakeit; TopDog2; ThomasMore; Publius6961; ...
Here are ten clear, verifiable reasons that explain why Islam is not the religion of peace

Islam-list

If people want on or off this list, please let me know.

40 posted on 03/09/2005 12:08:30 PM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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Top ten reasons why Islam is not the religion of peace
March 9th, 2005


Ever since 9/11, Muslim leaders who have access to the national media have told us that Islam is the religion of peace and that violence does not represent the essence of Muhammad’s religion.

Even President Bush and Britain’s Prime Minister Blair have repeated this assertion, saying that Islam has been “hijacked” by a few violent fanatics. Is this true?

Sadly it is not, for empirical, observable facts demonstrate beyond doubt that Islam at its founding is filled with violence—in the life of Muhammad himself and in the Quran itself.

Hence, these Muslim apologists must stop misleading unsuspecting Westerners, and they must be honest about the heart of their religion, for once and for all.

Here are ten clear, verifiable reasons that explain why Islam is not the religion of peace.

Clear? In order to prevent the standard, reflexive “out of context” defense from Muslim apologists, the context of each verse in the Quran is explained either in this article or in the links provided within each of the ten reasons. No verse is taken out of context, and Muslim translators are used.

Verifiable? The readers are invited to look up each verse in the Quran in multiple translations, by visiting this website and typing in references, like so: 61:10-12. (61 is the chapter or sura, and 10-12 are the verses). Once at the site, they should ignore request for the transliterated Arabic titles of the chapters in the Quran, and just type in the numbers.

10. Muhammad nicknames his weapons.

Tabari (AD 839-923) is an early Muslim historian who is considered largely reliable by scholars today. In fact, the State University of New York Press selected his history to be translated into 38 volumes. (We use volume 9, pp. 153-55, trans. Ismail K. Poonawala.)

In the context of the list of Muhammad’s assets (horses, camels, milch sheep, and so on) at the end of his life, Tabari records the nicknames of Muhammad’s weapons.

Muhammad nicknames three swords that he took from the Jewish tribe Qaynuqa after he banished them from Medina in April 624: “Pluck Out,” “Very Sharp,” and “Death.” Two other swords from elsewhere are named: “Sharp” and “That is wont to sink” (presumably into human flesh). After his Hijrah or Emigration from Mecca to Medina in 622, he owned two swords called “Sharp” and “Having the vertebrae of the back.” This last sword he collected as booty after his victory at the Battle of Badr in March 624.

Next, Muhammad took three bows from the Qaynuqa tribe and named them as follows: “Most conducive to ease, or wide,” “white,” and “of nab wood” (species of tree from which bows are made).

The name of a coat of mail implies “ampleness” or “redundant portions,” probably because Muhammad was portly (cf. Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, trans. Guillaume, p. 383).

Finally, even Muhammad himself has a nickname. After Tabari lists the positive ones, he matter-of-factly provides one that is not so positive: “The obliterator.”

Muslim apologists may object that Tabari is not authoritative (except when he shows Muhammad as heroic or victorious) and that he is not on the same level as the Quran and some hadiths (words and deeds of Muhammad outside of the Quran). This is true. But Muslim apologists still must answer why such a tradition of naming weapons developed about Muhammad. After all, later, unauthoritative traditions about Christ developed, but they do not show him naming weapons. The answer to this question is found in the next nine reasons.

Thus, violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in the life of Muhammad. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

9. Muhammad commands in his Quran that adulterers and adulteresses should receive a hundred lashes.

24:2 Strike the adulteress and the adulterer one hundred times. Do not let compassion for them keep you from carrying out God’s law—if you believe in God and the Last Day—and ensure that a group of believers witnesses the punishment. (Haleem)

The supposed historical context of this sura occurs during a raid of a tribe in December 627 or January 628, on which Muhammad brought his favorite and youngest wife, Aisha, also the daughter of Abu Bakr, his right-hand lieutenant. After the Muslims’ victory, they journeyed back to Medina, one hundred and fifty miles to the north. On their last halt, Aisha answered the call of nature, but lost her necklace in the dark, just as the army was setting out from their encampment early in the morning. She left her litter, returned to look for the necklace, and found it. Meanwhile, the man leading her camel assumed she was in her curtained litter and led the animal away by the halter. Returning, Aisha saw that she was left behind.

However, a handsome young Muslim named Safwan saw her and accompanied her back to Medina, though both the Muslims and Muhammad’s opposition wagged their tongues at seeing the two youngsters entering the city together. Eventually, revelation came that Aisha was not guilty of any immorality.

Sura 24 thus establishes some ground rules against adultery, of which flogging one hundred times is one of the rules. Amazingly, 24:2 exhorts the accusers and judges not to let compassion keep them from carrying out God’s law.

Moreover, early and reliable traditions depict Muhammad and his Muslims stoning adulterers and adulteresses, as recorded by Bukhari and Muslim:

Umar said: God sent Muhammad with the truth and sent down the Book [Quran] to him, and the verse of stoning was included in what God most high sent down. God’s messenger [Muhammad] had people stoned to death, and we have done it also since his death. Stoning is a duty laid down in God’s Book for married men and women who commit fornication when proof is established, or if there is pregnancy, or a confession.

Umar was Muhammad’s right-hand lieutenant (along with Abu Bakr), and even shortly after Muhammad’s death he tried very hard to get a verse allowing stoning into the Quran, but he did not succeed (Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, trans. Guillaume, p. 684). Be that as it may, this and the next hadith are sufficient for many Muslims today to endorse stoning, as seen here and here.

Perhaps the most gruesome hadith is the following. A woman came to the Prophet and asked for purification. He told her to go away and seek God’s forgiveness. She persisted four times and admitted that she was pregnant as a result of fornication. He told her to wait until she had given birth. Then he said that the Muslim community should wait until she had weaned her child. When the day arrived for the child to take solid food, Muhammad handed the child over to the community and ordered the woman’s death by stoning.

And when he had given command over her and she was put in a hole up to her breast, he ordered the people to stone her. Khalid b. al-Walid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head, and when the blood spurted on his face he cursed her . . . (Muslim)

The Prophet prayed over her dead body and then buried her. Truthfully, how effective was the prayer when Muhammad and his community murdered her in cold blood? They should have forgiven her and let her go to raise her child.

Even if Muslim apologists today do not accept these hadiths, then they still have to answer why the true God would send down the harsh punishment of lashing in the Quran (Sura 24:2), when the New Testament says nothing about this. Christians should therefore rightly reject this verse, for Christ forgave the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). He showed us the better way and taught the will of the true God.

For more information on this early punishment and how it is applied today, link to this article, which also answers Muslim apologists and explains John 8:1-11 more thoroughly.

Thus, cruel violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in his Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

8. Muhammad in his Quran permits husbands to beat their wives.

4:34 Husbands should take full care of their wives, with [the bounties] God has given to some more than others and with what they spend out of their own money. Righteous wives are devout and guard what God would have them guard in the husbands’ absence. If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great. (Haleem)

Written in the historical context of the Battle of Uhud (March 625), in which Islam lost 70 holy warriors, this verse belongs to a larger collection of verses that outlines laws for the family, such as how to divide the inheritance and to how to oversee the assets of orphans (vv. 1-35).

Plainly said, Sura 4:34 specifies that husbands may beat their unruly wives if the husbands “fear” highhandedness, quite apart from whether the wives are actually being highhanded. This puts the interpretation of the wives’ behavior squarely in the husbands’ judgment, and this swings the door to abuse wide open. This verse embodies a gigantic cultural and social step backwards and should be rejected by all fair-minded and reasonable people.

For a more thorough analysis of this hurtful practice, refer to this article.

Thus, domestic violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in the life of Muhammad and his Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

7. Muhammad in his Quran commands that the hands of male or female thieves should be cut off.

5:38 Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done—a deterrent from God: God is almighty and wise. 39 But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and makes amends, God will accept his repentance: God is most forgiving and merciful. (Haleem)

Three passages in the hadith interpret Muhammad’s policy and provide its context. This is a quick compilation taken from the two most reliable collectors and editors of the hadith, Bukhari (810-870 AD) and Muslim (c. 817-875 AD):

Aisha [favorite wife of Muhammad] reported the Prophet saying, “A thief’s hand should be cut off for only a quarter of a dinar and upwards.”

A dinar, a word taken from the Roman denarius, was not a small sum, but not exorbitant either, yet one-fourth of a dinar merits the loss of a hand in Muhammad’s view.

Ibn Umar said the Prophet had a thief’s hand cut off for a shield worth three dirhams.

The shield was fairly expensive. The poor in Muhammad’s armies could not afford one. But is a shield equal to a hand?

Abu Huraira reported the Prophet as saying, “God curse a thief who steals an egg and has his hand cut off, and steals a rope and has his hand cut off!”

Some commentators are quick to say that an “egg” is really a helmet, and the rope is a ship’s rope, which is sizable and costly. However, the translation above is usually accepted, and this means that the penalty could be imposed for trivial thefts. But even if the more expensive items are in view here, they still do not measure up to a hand.

For more information on this gruesome practice and its historical context, link to this article, which also answers Muslim apologists who seek to defend this practice and which also contrasts Christ with Muhammad. Suffice it to say here, Christ never endorsed this sort of violence. And Paul the Apostle says that thieves should work with their hands in order to share with those in need, not get their hand cut off (Ephesians 4:28). So Paul excels Muhammad.

Thus, harsh and excessive punitive violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in the Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

6. Muhammad assassinates poets and poetesses.

These two poets represent others in early Islam.

March 624: Uqba bin Abu Muayt

Uqba mocked Muhammad in Mecca and wrote derogatory verses about him. He was captured during the Battle of Badr, and Muhammad ordered him to be executed. “But who will look after my children, O Muhammad?” Uqba cried with anguish. “Hell,” retorted the Prophet coldly. Then the sword of one of his followers cut through Uqba’s neck.

March 624: Amsa bint Marwan

Amsa was a poetess who belonged to a tribe of Medinan pagans, and whose husband was named Yazid b. Zayd. She composed a poem blaming the Medinan pagans for obeying a stranger (Muhammad) and for not taking the initiative to attack him by surprise. When the Prophet heard what she had said, he asked, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” A member of her husband’s tribe volunteered and crept into her house that night. She had five children, and the youngest was sleeping at her breast. The assassin gently removed the child, drew his sword, and plunged it into her, killing her in her sleep.

The following morning, the assassin defied anyone to take revenge. No one took him up on his challenge, not even her husband. In fact, Islam became powerful among his tribe. Previously, some members who had kept their conversion secret now became Muslims openly, “because they saw the power of Islam,” so conjectures an early Muslim source that reports the assassination.

In addition to the sources that recount these and other assassinations, the Quran also supports harsh punishments for mockers and insulters (Suras 3:186; 33:57; 33:59-61; and 9:61-63).

However, even if Muslims reject the early non-Quranic sources where these assassinations are found, they still must answer these questions: Why would such a tradition grow up around Muhammad in friendly Islamic sources? What was it about Muhammad that produced such reports? Why are these sources eager to present their prophet in a “positive” way?

For an in-depth analysis of Muhammad’s assassinations of poets and how they justify assassinations of artists today, like the one of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker, refer to this article, which also answers the Muslim apologists who try to justify Muhammad’s deadly policy, and which contrasts early Christianity with early Islam—Jesus assassinated no one, neither did he order this in the Gospels.

Thus, bullying and murderous violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in the Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

5. Muhammad commands death or the cutting off of hands and feet for fighting and corrupting the land.

5:33 Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and who go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment. 34 Except for those who repent before you overpower them. Know, then, that Allah is All-Forgiving, Merciful. (Fakhry)

According to the hadith, the historical context of these verses runs as follows and clarifies “fighting” and “corrupting” the land.

Some Arab tribesmen visited the Prophet, but fell sick in the uncongenial climate of Medina, so he recommended an old folk belief: drinking the milk and urine of a camel. Subsequently, they are reported to have felt better. However, for some reason, after departing from Medina, they killed some of Muhammad’s shepherds, turned apostate, and drove off the Prophet’s camels.

This news reached him, and he ordered them to be hunted down and brought before him. He decreed that their hands and feet should be cut off, their eyes gouged out, and their bodies thrown upon stony ground until they died.

For more information on this policy that punishes people today based on Sura 5:33, even on ambiguous charges, and for a reply to Muslim apologists, link to this article, which also contrasts Christ with Muhammad.

Thus, gruesome violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in the Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

4. Muhammad aggressively attacks Meccan caravans.

A year or so after Muhammad’s Hijrah from Mecca to Medina in 622, he attacks Meccan caravans six times, and sent out a punitive expedition three-days away against an Arab tribe that stole some Medinan grazing camels (or cattle), totaling seven raids.

W. Montgomery Watt, a highly reputable Western Islamologist who writes in favor of Muhammad and whose two-volume history of early Islam (Muhammad at Mecca (1953) and Muhammad at Medina (1956)) has won wide acceptance, tells us why geography matters:

The chief point to notice is that the Muslims took the offensive. With one exception the seven expeditions were directed against Meccan caravans. The geographical situation lent itself to this. Caravans from Mecca to Syria had to pass between Medina and the coast. Even if they kept as close to the Red Sea as possible, they had to pass within about eighty miles of Medina, and, while at this distance from the enemy base, would be twice as far from their own base. (Muhammad at Medina, emphasis added, p. 2)

It must be emphatically stated that the Meccans never sent a force up to the doorstep of Medina at this time—they did later on when they were fed up with Muhammad’s aggressions. It is true that the Meccans gathered forces to protect their caravans, but when Muhammad confronted them, they were many days’ journeys away from Medina, often more than a hundred miles. (Medina and Mecca are around 200-250 miles from each other, taking seven to eleven days of travel by foot, horse, or camel.)

Hence, two Muslim scholar-apologists are deliberately inaccurate when they assert that the caravans “passed through” Medina, adding that the Muslims haphazardly sought for whatever spoils they could get, whereas the Meccans mobilized for war (Isma’il R. al-Faruqi and Lois Lamya’al Faruqi, The Cultural Atlas of Islam, New York: Macmillan, 1986, 134). Rather, it is more accurate to say that the Muslims were aggressively harassing the Meccans.

To complete the military picture of Muhammad’s life from 622 to 632, Watt sums up the number of expeditions that Muhammad either sent out or went out on: seventy-four (Muhammad at Medina, pp. 2; 339-43). They range from negotiations (only a few compared to the violent expeditions), to small assassination hit squads, to the conquest of Mecca with 10,000 jihadists, and to the confrontation of Byzantine Christians (who never showed up), with 30,000 holy warriors to Tabuk (see below).

For a fuller account of these six early aggressive attacks against Meccan caravans, go to this article, which explains more thoroughly why these attacks are not defensive.

Thus, aggressive military violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in the Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

3. Muhammad in his Quran promises sensuous Gardens for martyrs dying in a military holy war.

Throughout the Quran, Muhammad promises the men in his fledgling Muslim community that if they die fighting for Allah and for him, Allah will reward them with a “virgin-rich” Garden (Suras 44:51-56; 52:17-29; 55:46-78).

In the following Quranic passage, representing others (Suras 4:74, 9:111; 3:140-143), the Arabic word “jihad” (root is j-h-d) is the means or currency to trade in this life for the life to come in an economic bargain.

61:10 You who believe, shall I show you a bargain that will save you from painful punishment? 11 Have faith in God and His Messenger and struggle [j-h-d] for His cause with your possessions and your persons—that is better for you, if only you knew—12 and He will forgive your sins, admit you into Gardens graced with flowing streams, into pleasant dwellings in the Gardens of Eternity. That is the supreme triumph. (Haleem)

These verses are found in the historical context of the Battle of Uhud (625), in which Muhammad lost 70 of his fighters. Thus, he must make the loss of life appear worth the sacrifice, so he frames their deaths in an economic bargain (note the word in bold print). If his jihadists trade in or sell their lives down here, they will be granted Islamic heaven—it is a done deal.

For an in-depth analysis of Islamic martyrdom and how Biblical martyrdom opposes it, link to this article. Christ’s “Martyrdom” on the cross opens the way to heaven so that the Christian does not have to die in a holy war to reach heaven.

Thus, deadly, heavenly violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in the Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

2. Muhammad unjustly executes around 600 male Jews and enslaves the women and children.

After the Battle of the Trench in March 627 (named after a trench that the Muslims dug around parts of Medina) against a large coalition of Meccans and their allies, Muhammad imposed the ultimate penalty on the men in the Jewish clan, Qurayzah, his third and final Jewish rivals (he banished the Qaynuqa tribe in April 624 and the Nadir tribe in August 625). The Qurayzah tribe was supposed to remain neutral in the Battle, but they seem to have intrigued with the Meccans and to have been on the verge of attacking Muhammad from the rear. They were judged guilty by one of their Medinan Muslim allies, though Muhammad could have shown mercy, exiled them (as indeed they requested), or executed only a few.

The sentence: Death by decapitation for around 600 men (some Islamic sources say 900), and enslavement for the women and children (he took a beautiful Jewess as his own prize). Muhammad was wise enough to have six clans execute two Jews each in order to stop any blood-feuds. The rest of the executions were probably carried out by his fellow Emigrants from Mecca and lasted the whole night.

According to Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation, the Prophet says in Sura 33:25-26 the following about the Battle of the Trench and his treatment of Qurayzah:

33:25 And Allah turned back the disbelievers [Meccans] in their rage—they gained no advantage. And Allah sufficed the believers in fighting. And Allah is ever Strong, Mighty. 26 And He drove down those of the People of the Book [Qurayzah] who backed them from their fortresses, and He cast awe into their hearts; some you killed and you took captive some. 27 And He made you heirs to their land and their dwelling and their properties . . . . Allah is ever Possessor of power over all things.

But these questions must be answered: Is intriguing with the enemy equal to slaughtering 600 men and enslaving the women and children? Who decides? The Arab tribal chief with the most powerful army? Muhammad said around the time of his Hijrah in 622 the following:

16:126 If you [people] have to respond to an attack, make your response proportionate, but it is better to be steadfast. (Haleem)

Any reasonable and fair-minded person would judge that Muhammad was not making his response (execution) proportionate to the breach of the agreement. The Qurayzah tribe never attacked the Muslims, and even if a few were to have done so, the punishment does not fit the crime. Therefore, Muhammad was being excessive and disproportionate because he used an irreversible penalty to express his human wrath.

For a fuller account of this atrocity, refer to this article.

Thus, anti-Semitic violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in his Quran. Islam is therefore not the religion of peace.

1. Muhammad launches his own Crusades.

In the following verse, Muhammad uses the Arabic word qital (root is q-t-l), which means warring, fighting, or killing:

9:29 Fight [q-t-l] those among the people of the Book [Christians] who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden and do not profess the true religion, till they pay the poll-tax out of hand and submissively. (Fakhry)

The two most interesting clauses in this violent verse are (1) People of the Book (Christians in this verse late in Muhammad’s life) are to be attacked if they do not profess the true religion: Islam. This leaves the door wide open for terrorists today to attack and fight Christians because they do not adhere to Islam; (2) Christians must pay a tax for the “privilege” of living under the “protection” of Islam—submissively or in humiliation.

The historical context of Sura 9:29 finds Muhammad preparing for a military expedition against the Byzantine Empire in 630, two years before his ordinary death of an ordinary fever in 632. Indeed, some scholars regard Sura 9 as the last sura to be revealed from on high. Therefore, it sets many policies for Muslims today, and is often interpreted as abrogating or canceling previous verses, even peaceful ones.

Muhammad heard a rumor that the Byzantines amassed an army some 700 miles to the north in Tabuk (northern Arabia today) in order to attack Islam, so he led an army of 30,000 holy warriors to counter-strike preemptively. However, the Byzantines failed to materialize, so Muhammad’s belief in the false rumor was misguided and his expedition was fruitless, except he managed to extract (extort) agreements from northern Christian Arab tribes that they would not attack him and his community. An army of 30,000 soldiers from the south must have deeply impressed the northern tribes, so they posed no real threat to Islam. They are the ones who paid the “protection” tax mentioned in Sura 9:29 (and so do tribes and cities after Muhammad’s death). Therefore, Muhammad’s forced tax was aggressive and hence unjust, not defensive and hence just.

Muhammad’s military expedition qualifies as an Islamic Crusade long before the European ones. After all, in 638, only six years after Muhammad’s death, Muslim armies conquer Jerusalem. Today, Muslims should never again complain about European Crusades, unless they first come to grips with their own.

For more information on the Muslim Crusades after Muhammad’s death and their atrocities and motives, refer to this article.

Thus, crusading violence sits at the heart of early Islam—in Muhammad’s life and in his Quran—and beyond, even reaching to today’s western world. Islam is therefore not the religion peace.

What the ten reasons mean for us today

These ten aspects of violence that have burrowed into the hemorrhaging heart of early Islam have implications for us today.

First, as noted in the Introduction to this article, Muslim apologists who have access to the national media and who constantly assert that Islam is the religion of peace must stop misleading unsuspecting Westerners. Factually, Islam is not the religion of peace. True, it had peaceful moments, but not for very long. Muhammad sent out or went out on seventy-four expeditions and raids in only ten years (622-632), most of which were violent.

Second, as each reason in this article has hinted at and the links explain more thoroughly, Christ never, ever engaged in such violence. For example, he never assassinated opponents, whipped adulterers, cut off the hands of thieves, or launched his own Crusades (what the Medieval Europeans did is not foundational to Christianity). Christ expresses the love of God. Therefore, Christians and all fair-minded persons have the right to question whether the true God would reveal the Quran when it contains such violent verses that conveniently support Muhammad’s violence, whereas the New Testament does not have such violence.

Third, nominal Christians who no longer take their faith seriously, but who are tempted to convert to Islam, must stop and think a second time. Christ the Son of God demonstrated the love of God (Matt. 3:16-17), not the wrath of an ordinary, self-described human messenger (Sura 3:144). Why would they trade in the religion of God’s peace and love for Allah’s human religion of violence?

Fourth, fanatical Muslims today are simply carrying on their Prophet’s mission. Why should we be surprised if they want to conquer the West, in order to impose Allah’s will on non-Islamic societies? They are still working out Muhammad’s Crusades.

Fifth, Western civilization must never accept the lie that Muhammad’s life, the Quran, or sharia (the law derived from the hadith and the Quran) is a benefit to society. Rather, Islam represents many gigantic steps backwards, culturally and socially. One of the most tragic events in the Western world—and one of the most underreported—is the existence of an Islamic court in Canada . The Canadian government should promptly shut it down. And such a court must never be allowed to exist here in the US.

Sixth and finally, Islam should never be taught in our public schools, K through 12 ; but if school administrators insist on it, Islamic violence must be included in the lesson plans because it is part and parcel of early Islam and Muhammad’s life. Of course, Muslim apologists assert that Christianity is filled with violence, citing the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Medieval Crusaders. However, they are not foundational for Christianity—only Christ and the rest of the New Testament are. And he and the New Testament authors never practiced or endorsed such violence.

On the other hand, Muhammad and his Quran are foundational for Islam, and violence fills his life and its pages.

Therefore, for ten clear and verifiable reasons, Islam is not the religion of peace.

Jim Arlandson (PhD) teaches world religions and introductory philosophy at a college in southern California. He has written a book, Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity (Hendrickson, 1997)



James Arlandson


41 posted on 03/09/2005 12:21:07 PM PST by Brian Allen (I fly and can therefore be envious of no man -- Per Ardua ad Astra!)
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To: quidnunc

global test *ping*


42 posted on 03/09/2005 1:20:43 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Keep capitol punishment safe,legal , and rare...shoot the perp in the head.)
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To: kjenerette

...for reading.


43 posted on 03/09/2005 1:20:46 PM PST by Van Jenerette (Our Republic - If We Can Keep it!)
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To: A Ruckus of Dogs

How many folks did Jesus kill?

How many folks did Mohammad kill?


44 posted on 03/09/2005 1:31:14 PM PST by appalachian_dweller (Psalms 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee)
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To: appalachian_dweller

Oh, I'm not disputing that - read my post again, I'm saying that Christians have not had a consistent history of being saints.


45 posted on 03/09/2005 1:36:38 PM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: quidnunc

Putin tells it like it is.


46 posted on 03/09/2005 1:37:51 PM PST by iconoclast (Evening of July 16, 1980. T1 stage of cancer in the Republican body.)
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To: quidnunc
I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Islam is a violent and dangerous POLITICAL IDEOLOGY, comparable to Nazism and Communism; and may be even worse.

How much Nazism and Communism do civilized folks countenance these days?

Just as those hideous ideologies are utterly rejected by 99% of society, Islam should be handled in exactly the same way.

Saying, "I'm a Muslim" should have the same social effect as saying, "I'm leprous, can I give you a hug?"

47 posted on 03/09/2005 1:45:05 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: A Ruckus of Dogs

I'm more concerned with what the doctrine teaches, not what the followers do. Yes, there were stonings, wars, and atrocities committed in the Old Testament; however, once Jesus was born the old law was made obsolete. He defied the old laws and was accused of blasphemy. That's the reason He was crucified. His crucifixion also fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.

I’m not knowledgeable on exactly what brought about the crusades or what happened during them so I really can’t speak too much about that. Millions of people have died by misguided hands of religious extremists throughout history, but Christianity has moved beyond that. Islam still practices and actively encourages this butchery.

Jesus teaches us to love our enemies (and I'll be the first to admit I struggle with that daily). Mohammad teaches his followers to kill their enemies. Based on doctrine (Bible vs. Koran) it's clear that Islam is not a religion of peace.


48 posted on 03/09/2005 2:08:27 PM PST by appalachian_dweller (Psalms 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee)
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To: jan in Colorado

Thanks for the ping. It's good to see more and more articles like this telling it as it is. I wish everyone would read the biography of the 'prophet' - link to free pdf on my tagline.


49 posted on 03/09/2005 2:17:25 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: A Ruckus of Dogs

An objective analysis of Mohammed (and Islam) begins as
far back as Edward Gibbon (died 1794) who in his last
volume of Decline and Fall describes Mohammed as an
illiterate, probably epileptic, barbarian. The jihad was
part and parcel of his religion and he personally led
jihads against Christians and Jews. He lived from c.570 -
632 A.D. and launched Islam on its crusade of rapine and
conquest by the sword. Christians have certainly had
episodes of persecution and wars of religion in their
history -- but none that can compare in scope or
intensity to Islam. And -- one CRUCIAL DIFFERENCE:
When Christians were intolerant they were BETRAYING the
precepts of their founder - Jesus. Islamists, however,
are being TRUE to the behaviour of their founder -
Mohammed. It's not mere happenstance that these realities
of the past hold true in the present. For example, the
only countries today where slavery (condoned by Mohammed)
still exists are Islamic -- Sudan, Mauretania, etc.
It's understandable that many are inclined to simply
assume that there is moral equivalence among all religions
but the not-so-politically-correct FACTS OF HISTORY
prove that such is specious reasoning.


50 posted on 03/09/2005 2:39:00 PM PST by T.L.Sink (stopew)
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