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instruction vs. derangement

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Sep 15, 2007 at 18:32

Hello Donvan, thanks for the clarification.

You point out, quote - "that this composit (the Koran, Hadith) as deranged as it is, does not kill people". I agree. However, it INSTRUCTS it's followers to do so, AND promises 'paradise' to those who follow the instruction. We're talking about the world's second largest religion; we're not talking about a burglar.

Muslims feel Allah himself ordained this promise. When police arrest a mugger, as you illustrated, they don't ask the ideological motivation of the mugger. However, thankfully in this country, if the mugger was a Muslim you can bet there would be close scrutiny of where the guy was coming from (background check, etc.).

Yes, looking at the Quran and saying AHA! so that's why Islam is so evil! -that's ridiculous. That's not my point. What I was saying is, it is one "instruction" that is unique to the Muslim religion; even if you're an athiest (or agnostic) you must admit hundreds of thousands if not millions of people are motivated by their religion. When Christians encounter a crisis, what do the majority do? "Oh God help me! I'll never be bad again! If you help me I'll do anything! etc., etc. To get out of the 'crisis' they might even start reading the Bible. So the Bible says, go kill a muslim, and you'll have eternal life. NOT. Nowhere does, nor has it ever said this.

People of faith, throughout human history, around the world, are motivated by their religion, like it or not. They must learn about their religion before they can be motivated by it. How do you learn about Christianity? The Bible, and pastors that teach from the Bible. How do you, if you're a Muslim, learn about Islam? The Quran, and Mullas that teach from the Quran. In the Quran, a Muslim is promised 'paradise' and 72 virgins if a Muslim kills an infidel.

While this may not sound attractive to you, Donvan, it's been the motivation/ justification of MANY an Arab, Moslim, Islamist etc. This is intrinsic. Make friends with someone who belongs to a religion that (even at one time) promises if he kills you, he'll go to heaven? Trust someone like that? Expect to "modernize" a religion like that? You said that the Muslim must be held accountable based on his own actions. Quite right. "Deluded concepts that are violent and incompatible with most concepts of civil and human rights" - quoting you. Where do you think the Muslims get that from? The Quran is not, "mildly intellectually interesting" as you put it. It explains the nature of our enemy. Can U hear me now? -JS

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