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Hatred takes no Holidays

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Dec 17, 2007 at 16:02

Whether or not there is a jihadist's day planner holiday schedule for Islamic sponsored terrorism is a discussion for those whose mission it is to protect and defend a peaceful way of life for those who desire to live in peace. All others' debates on this can be viewed more in the terms of speculation. It is not likely that a holiday of any sort is more prone to be a target except in the number of targets to be found in one place at a specific time.

That this discussion forum strayed so far so quickly from the idea of holiday jihadism touches to the answer, that it does not bear any more discussion than that of when Osama bin Laden was born, for that is not the reason he is wanted for conspiracy to murder.

There should no longer be any debate on the influences of Islam to incite hatred. Even as we hear the ramblings of al Qaeda No. 2, they continue to preach hatred for the sake of Islam. From the time of the original conquests in the name of the Islamic Prophet to today, the intent of Islam is to make this world Islamic by whatever means prescribed and/or interpreted in the Quran.

To say that Christianity is no different than Islam or that the Holy Bible is no different in the intent to convert by force if necessary, is a misleading statement, for Jesus Christ did not say that mankind must convert the world; only Islam says that. Read the Gospel of John Chapter 3 to understand Christianity for its truth about believing and accepting Christ Jesus in love.

Conversion by force is always a human imperative, where true conversion of a true Christian believer is a spiritual one with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. Killing in the name of Christ is not condoned by Almighty God, but is a fast track to judgment. Maybe not so strangely, killing in the name of the Islamic Prophet is on a fast track to judgment as well.

Murder during a holiday has no restriction any more than the rising and setting of the sun. Terrorism making use of murder is about taking the best advantage of a moment, with only enough planning to make it convenient to the purpose.

It is written in the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrews and Christians that murderers have no place in heaven, that love, mercy and grace are the hallmarks of true eternal living. On the other hand, Islam seems to make a point of killing to get into heaven, which means that people that hate will populate the Islamic afterlife. That begs the question, maybe of the moderates on the point of Islam, what kind of holiday should be commemorating that?
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