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Submitted by Sandra (United States), Sep 19, 2006 at 17:17

I'm confused about your comments about Islam being a religion of peace. It sounds like you are saying that the terrorists and the murderers of innocent Muslim and non-Muslim men, women, and children are not really Muslims following the true Islamic faith.

It also sounds like you are saying that Islam doesn't promote forced conversions, which would mean that the slow slicing off of heads of those who don't convert is also not a part of Islamic teaching, therefore, those men are not true Muslims either.

If that is what you are saying, I am very happy to hear it. But I am confused because I read what you say about Islam, but I see what peopIe of the Muslim faith are doing. I'm not sure what to believe about Islam. I hear your words. But I don't see any action within the Muslim world to back your words up.

How come Muslims like you don't speak out to those radicals who are turning the Muslim religion into one of hate and murder, and tell them to return to the true faith? The longer the silence of "true" Muslims goes on, the less I believe that Islam is a religion of peace and the more I believe it to be a religion of revenge led by an Allah who seems to be a false god and lover of death. I hate to say that because it probably offends you, and I don't want to offend, but Muslims need to know what people are really thinking about their religion because of the Osama's in their midst. I used to think that Islam worshipped the same God as I,but I am now on the very edge of thinking that Muslims do not worship God at all.... I tell you this not to offend you, but to let you know how Osama and his types are ruining people's view of Islam.

if Islam is how you say it is. In order to save your religion, you and others like you must speak out in public. My question is one which all non-Muslims are asking: Why don't the true Muslims tell the death-loving Muslims to stop destroying your religion?

The longer the silence continues, the more I am forced against my will to believe that the hate/revenge Islam is the true Islamic religion and Allah is really the devil posing as God in order to destroy your lives. Allah is actually asking Muslims to kill their own children in order to kill "infidels"! What kind of a god is that?... If Islam is the true religion, and Allah is the true God, isn't Allah powerful enough to convert people to himself and bring about a world of peace without having to kill all those who disagree with him?

It sounds like that is what you are saying, but what I see is just the opposite: Islamic people living in fear, who don't believe Allah can bring about peace through love, who mistakenly believe that revenge and death are the roads they must take to help Allah out. Allah seems to be powerless without death and destruction to help his ends along. I pray for those who are destroying your religion through their false interpretations. I often pray for their conversions to the love and mercy of God our Father. I will also pray for you that you and others like you will continue to have the courage to speak the truth to those usurpers of your religion - and that you won't be murdered by them in the name of Allah because you have spoken. That will bring more conversions to your religion than bullets and bombs and dead children.

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