To: veronica; Commie Basher
To: Commie Basher
Truth be told Islam seems more like a cult than a religion to me, and what cannot be disputed is that it has been hijacked by radicals, and not just a few radicals - LOTS of them. And they kill people. Sure you have the odd Christian or Jew who goes wiggy, and turns violent or fanatical, but not to the degree Islamists have. So the question arises, what is it about Islam that has spawned so many violent fanatics??
The Jews themselves have been guilty of fanaticism, for example when they killed every man, woman, and child in God's name, and even all the domestic animals, when entering Caanan.
The Spanish Inquisition wasn't an "odd" institution, it had the support of the Spanish people and government. They considered Judism a "cult," and happily murdered anyone who wouldn't "voluntarily" convert to Christianity.
The same thing happened with the Christian Crusades, hundreds of thousands of Christian fanatics killing heathen Moslems and Jews by God's holy name.
You would do better to ask "what is it about peace-loving religions that has spawned so many violent fanatics?"
The answer is that religions are not composed of saints, they're made up of ordinary people who sometimes get carried away by their beliefs, or get deceived by corrupt leaders.
posted on 08/16/2003 5:06:55 PM PDT
Well of course religions are not composed of saints. Neither are atheists (which include Stalinists, as well as more peaceful Objectivists and libertarians).
Of course all human institutions, religious and secular, are prone to error, evil, and even violence. Duh!
The answer is that religions are not composed of saints, they're made up of ordinary people who sometimes get carried away by their beliefs
A "saint" is a sanctified person.
posted on 08/16/2003 7:20:45 PM PDT
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