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You are all missing the point of islam

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Submitted by Arif Rashid (United Kingdom), Feb 16, 2007 at 06:26

I'd just like to say that you have missed the point about islam in many ways. Islam the religion is a peaceful religion, you CANNOT blame the religion itself, its the small minority of people who give it a bad name. The thing about Islam is that it allows personal interpretation of the scripture. Unfortunately, the extremists always seem to take things violently. If Islam didn't exist, these extremists still would!

There are extremists in every religion, you only have to look to the Bible belt in the USA to see how violently some people believe religion. And for those who think Islam is violent, you need to go and read up your history to look at how intolerant the Christians were 400-500 years ago in Europe! The USA was a heaven for all groups who were religiously persecuted from Europe! What about the Spanish Inquizition and i've lost count how many times the Church has branded innocent people heretics, just because their views conflicted with the church's official line. Don't even get me started with the crusades...

Islam is only 1400 years old, compared to Christianity's 2000+ which means its had another 600 years to evolve. So please next time you feel the need for some Islam bashing, just look at your own religions. I think Jesus said it best "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone".

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