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Did I mention 'heresy'?

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in response to reader comment: The bible clearly dictates the death penalty for heresy, and for infidels.

Submitted by Oliver (United States), Mar 3, 2008 at 21:33

"Actually, a quick search will reveal that your claim was never historically the case. Many used the verses in the bible to justify the subjugation and killing non-Christians as "infidels" long before Muslims were ever around:"

I find it interesting that you talk about the 'subjurgation and killing of non-Christians' as being - what - commanded? And yet you are unable to produce a single NT attestation - because none exist. Subjurgation and killing non-believers is purely an Islamic concept.

And as for your OT references - yes, there are 'death penalties' for 'believers' who turn away from YHVH to 'other gods' or 'familiar spirits' or those who disrespect the name YHVH or who break some of His commands - I was not criticizing discipline / punishment within Islam - but Islam's penchant to subjugate and kill non-believers simply because they don't believe Muhammad.

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