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Islam traded slaves

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Submitted by Monte Gardner (United States), Jun 15, 2007 at 23:00

In the Barbary wars, the Barbary pirates captured many civilian American commerce ships. Some of the passengers were, as a matter of history.

When the american ambassador confronted an official of one of the Barbary governments about this issue, the Muslim stated very bluntly that they were doing these things out of religious motivation:

The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet (Mohammed), that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman (or Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to heaven.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War)

Thus, you may believe that "true Islam", which is a set of ideas that you believe, as a matter of faith, exists in the mind of god does not teach slavery. Historical Islam, which is a set of ideas that exist in the mind of Muslims absolutely taught slavery, violent jihad and hatred.

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