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Is 'freedom of Speech' a good excuse to insult religions?

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Submitted by Mohammed (United States), Mar 7, 2008 at 05:04

hi,

"Crusade was a catholic concept of religiously sanctioned 'just' war" FALSE
at the time of the first crusades, the Western Christian church was not split, and even one of the crusades was led by king Richard of England. they originaly were religious INJUSTIFIED wars against muslims.

"a concept similar to Jihad." FALSE
as a matter of fact the concept of religious wars is not an Islamic term by any means.
The Arabic word Jihad is from the three letter root (Jhd), which means to do your best, to give your best effort. so actually by studying hard for your exam, you are being Jihading.

there is no need to mention the golden age for Jews in Europe in Andalusia, Muslim Spain in the middle ages was the haven for all who seek religious freedom, like the United States today. by the way Cordoba was the largest city in Europe at that time, and the world's first city to have street lights. "The conditions in Spain improved so much under Muslim rule that Jews from all across Europe came to live in Spain during this Jewish renaissance."
( http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/spain1.html )

"as long as more than half a billion people are more offended by the old mans quotation than by the murder in their name."
in the 1930's German media and newspapers started attacking Jews under the excuse of 'freedom of speech'. After the barbarian nazis rose to power 'democraticly' a few years later mass massacres of the ethnic and religious minorities in Europe were done. Probably this process is unfortunately getting rebirth again, in the same place, in Europe. but this time with the muslim minority. Under the cover of 'freedom of speech' a religion of citizens of those countries, is being insulted and haters are being spread among the locals against that minority. exactly like what was going in Germany some 80 years ago.

It seems that that part of Europe, (Scandenavia and Germanic Europe in general) have really big problems in religious tolerance. It seems that they still do not understand that religious tolerance is absolutely not a favor they do to others.

As regarding Iraq, there would not have been a civil war if Bush and Blair did not go there from the beginning. Civil wars occur everywhere (like the American Civil war, the Spanish civil war,...etc) if the required climate was provided, like the invasion of Iraq.

"Please tell me what scripture states an arab will be the anti christ? " going back to my original statement, you may find in the website that i referenced in my previous responce: "The Bible says that the Antichrist will be from Assyria (Isaiah 10:12, 14:25), which in its heyday included the lands now under the control of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan" (note that Assyria covered present day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon)

So if it is their destiny to be the forever enemies of Christ, what can the Iraqi and Syrian people do about it?

Conclusion: once again, before you attack other civilizations and crticize other countries, take a look at your own side. Trying to spread peace and understanding the other side should be the priority, not the prejudging based on what you hear on media.

Assalamu alaikum

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