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To: 2banana; kinoxi
That is the essence of the question. Islam is violent and savage at its very (odd!) foundations.

Have Christians done bad things? Of course. Calvin wanted to and tried to establish a theocracy and even put to death other Protestants; Huguenot pirates roamed the coasts of Europe attacking and killing innocent people in little villages on the coast of Spain and destroying the Catholic churches. Catholics pursued heresy through the Inquisition in a way that was certainly non-Christian. But none of these actions reflect the teachings of Christianity, but instead were things that arose at a particular time and actually had purposes that were certainly more political than religious. And that is the reason we view these things as anomalies, and not as the standard course of the religion.

Islam, on the other hand, has its violence built in, along with its theocratic structure (when it has its way, which it usually does not, fortunately), its bizarre attitude towards women, sex and morality, and its desire to subjugate the world.

14 posted on 08/02/2007 7:39:47 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Calvin wanted to and tried to establish a theocracy and even put to death other Protestants

Wrong on both counts.

Dr. McGrath points out "how deeply the myth of 'the great dictator of Geneva' is embedded in popular religious and historical writings," and points to the work of Balzac and Huxley as examples of writers who made assertions without any historical facts supporting them, but who nevertheless seem to have had more influence in the shaping of the modern view of Calvin than the facts of history. [emphasis mine] 7 The Genevan reformer was "denied access to the city's decision-making machinery. He could not vote; he could not stand for office."8 In fact, he still had little power over his own church affairs!
Was Geneva A Theocracy?
by Michael Horton


24 posted on 08/02/2007 8:59:39 AM PDT by Diamond
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