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Terrorism: who should define it.

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Submitted by Virginia Adams (United States), Dec 8, 2003 at 13:47

I fail to understand why there is so much hostility against Islam. Some of my friends are practicing Muslims, and I have myself had the honor of reading the English translation of the Koran, but I have never come across any verse that encourages slaying innocent people. As a matter of fact what has brought me to believe in Islam as tolerant and non-restrictive is the verse: There is no compulsion in religion, which is very clearly stated in the Koran. Islam is not against education and knowledge as commenter Mr.Sina states, how can it be when "ilm" or knowledge is the second most used word in the Koran after "Allah" or God? But of course everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and Mr. Sina is entitled to his. However spouting off opinions that are obviously not backed up is no way to convince people, and it could very well lead to a lawsuit for libel and slander.

Finally as for terrorism, what was the mass slaying of Jews in World War II? I don't recall that as being done by Muslims, yet it was the greatest human tragedy in history. Does that make Christians terrorists or Christianity a dangerous terrorist "cult"? I don't think so...

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