Answer to Ahmed Magare
Submitted by Populous (Canada), Apr 11, 2006 at 23:43Written by Ahmed Magare (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dec 4, 2005 at 17:55
"Are all muslims terrorists? NO!
Is the koran about the terrorism? No!
I cannot judge all muslims, terrorism is not islam.
Why dont you look at Americans soldiers in Irac so called Christians."
Here you go comparing action of christians vs muslims. It is not the function of religion to 'stop' an evil act. People will commit evil acts regardless what their religion is. It is however the function of religion to 'temper' the action of a society. A religion will spread common values in a society and then, hopefully the society will share common goals and common morals. So an entire society might be disgusted at the sight of a hand being cut when another society will line up and shout 'allah is great' at the sight of chopped hands. One society will be disgusted when told that female circumcision exists when another society will be happy that pharaonic female circumcision is no longer practiced. One society will mortified when reminded about slavery in its past and another society still call black people 'abd (slave)' until today.
People are the same, the difference is how their society is brought up, and muslim societies are brought up on hate & fear under a 'trickster' god, a capricious and vengeful and unfair god.
Here are some of the 99 adjectives reserved for Allah from the koran:
Al-Muthil - The Humiliator - The Dishonorer.
Al-Mumeet - The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.
Al-Muntaqim - The Revenger
Of course most the names are good names, but a trickster god has always been good at mixing good (love & peace) with the evil (hate & fear). And as we know, hate & fear will always give quicker results then love & peace.
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