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Why do we do this????

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Submitted by Juan Rios (United States), Mar 17, 2006 at 13:59

I am an American Muslim who has proudly served as a United States Marine. I simply can't stand it anymore. I hate Muslims (THAT'S RIGHT... HATE) who have twisted our faith for thier own ambitions. I also hate people who because they know nothing of my faith, they decide to villianize it because it doesn't match their own, which is the same thing certain Muslims do.

In any holy scripture, there are words of anger and words that induce violence. Yet what people fail to mention is that these actions are only left as a last resort!!!! First and foremost in all faiths we want diplomacy and peace talks. The sword comes only when attacked first. Anyone in history that has done otherwise has gravely sinned, Muslim or otherwise.

People are so quick to call Islam Violent, yet people forget all the injustices that have been done by other people of the Books. How many people have died in the name of Christianity? A lot more than in Islam. People love to take a few bad apples and spoil the bunch. Take people who have other ambitions and use Islam to justify it. You consider them the beginning and the end of Islam.

What if I were to do that with Timothy McVeigh, who's main reason for hurting hundreds of people was because he was inspired by Biblical verses??? I know, as an educated man, that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are practiced in their true form, peace would be the only thing. True believers in God would not have such anger and hatred in their hearts, whether Jew, Christian, Or Muslim.

Think before you act. Get to know me and what my faith really is before you bash it. Islam itself means Surrender. Muslim means one who submits to the will of God. Isn't that the goal of all the believers of the God of Abraham, the God of Jesus? Once we learn that, including myself, then we can live in peace. But as long as Muslims speak hate, as long as christians speak hate, as long as Jews speak hate, we will get no where,and we will never live with each other in peace. May God bless everyone's heart who reads these pages. May God soften our hearts so that we may know, understand, and one day love each other. Peace be upon you all!
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