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Thank you for taking the time to post what Robert Redeker wrote

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Submitted by Maggie4Life (Australia), Oct 4, 2006 at 23:49

What can I say? Thank you for posting the comments made by Robert Redecker. He is an extraordinary philosopher. He has made some very salient points about the differences that exist between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

I do agree about his comments concerning the errors of the Medieval Christians. However, they knew no other way to deal with heretics and anarchists who were causing mischief. The real problem of those times would have to be that there were people who were falsely accused. I am not sure whether the Catholic Church was involved in the witch trials. All the ones that I have read about were undertaken in Protestant states, including the trials in Salem where innocent people were tried and convicted as witches. One story I have read is that of the unmerciful attitude of the Kirk in Scotland, and how a 19 year old was tried for heresy, and the ones who were the accusers were not interested in any recanting because they wanted to make an example of him. Jean Calvin was responsible for the death of the heretic Michael Servetus. So one cannot cast blame on the Catholic Church in respect to these heresy trials. It was something that was accepted in that period. God will be the judge of them, not us.

At this present time Robert Redeker is fearing for his life because of the article that appeared in La Figaro. This is a disgrace because it destroys the right to freedom of speech. This means that Mr. Redeker is 100 per cent correct in his assessment of Islam, and of the Koran. He is right about the level of violence, and the way in which violence is advocated.

This violence is also not the way of the Buddhists and the Hindu, although, some are also guilty of violence against some Christians. To give an example, the Australian missionary and his family who were murdered in India were the victims of Hindu intolerance towards Christians. However, as far as I am aware, violence of this nature is not preached within the Hindu Religion. The same goes for the Buddhists. Perhaps a good example of how these people behave in a non-violent is to look to the people of Bali. They are non-Muslim, and they have suffered as a result of two bombing attacks - both of these attacks killed Balinese as well as the foreigners, including Australians. The Balinese are peace loving. They have not gone on an anti-Muslim rampage. They have been courageous in the face of the attacks that almost killed their livelihood thorugh tourism. The Indonesian Muslims who planned this attack did not care who died during the murder-suicides.

These bombers are not martyrs in the eyes of God. They are people who have caused havoc and chaos as a result of their selfish actions. They will not be in the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity, but they will reap the reward that they deserve. If anything happens to Robert Redeker then the Muslims in France better beware that there are people who are now willing to come after them, and hunt them down as though they were rabbits.

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