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Submitted by drx1 (United States), Feb 21, 2008 at 02:21

The Nazi party was not a religous group - thought it is anti Jew. Certainly the Church did many bad things, though you cant claim that the Nazi party was part of the Church.

Slavery is nothing new... this has happened through out time. This problem was mostly fixed by the advance of civilization and even Christian nations. I dont think any area is innocent on this count (and its mostly gone now). The Pope declared the counter Crusade to reclaim land and people who were beaten, tourtured and murdered in the name of Islam.

If you remember history, Christianity started around 50 AD and gained momentum around 300 AD (via a Roman Emperor who made the Roman Empire Christian, because of the respect they earned by showing character, bravery and faith). Islam did not start until around 600 AD. Islam grew by the sword, by war and violence.

The Spanish Inquisition was bad, however it would seem this is the norm for Islam... though its less organized. Why are Jews & Christians unable to preach in Muslim lands? What is Islam afraid of? Why do Christians and Jew have no problem with Muslims preaching (peacfully that is)? Many bad things happened when the Spanish and English landed in the New World. Much of this was simply spreading diseases that the Europeans were resistant to (since they've survived many plagues)... all of which was unintentional. Certainly they saw the native populations as savages and wanted to spread the religion.

Forced conversion is wrong, in the Christian world we know this, however I'm not sure if its the same in the Muslim world. Also, if someone leaves the Church, its not a big deal - in fact one of the biggest punishments was expelling (excommunication) someone from the Church (not killing them). The Catholic Church as been wrong, however when a smart priest (Martin Luther) questioned the Church - the Church did not kill him, the Church split. When the Bible was printed, more people read this - it is published in many languages so as to not be hidden in meaning - so more people were able to study and learn the Word.

Thus many churches have formed, based on their interpretations. The Islamic religion has also been very wrong on many occasions, however this is papered over, since their book is Perfect and could never have any problems (or even incorrect interpretations). People need to realize the Christian Bible is a two part book.. the Old Testament (Tora?) which is very brutal, and the new Testament which has one act of brutality, which was, overcome, via the Son of God. However the New Testament is mostly about love, not war. The Old Testament is needed, since one builds on the other.

According to the Qu'ran, Women are property and they can be beaten when "needed'. Women can be stoned to death for various infractions. One must pray five times a day. Why would people be so unworthy to have to pray that much? Also, if God is in Heaven, why do Muslim's pray to Mecca? And why is the Islamic god called Allah? (isnt that a pagan god of the moon?). The husband is also allowed to take in multiple wives - up to four and birth control (as with Catholics) is not encouraged.

Polygamy also causes several other issues... as the availability of women in those area is low - since one man has several wives, other men are unable to start a family (yes this is simple math), which can lead to failed lives, desperation and yes suicide bombings. Islam has not really show it self to be a beautiful religion or even one of peace. I think, generally speaking, Christian's realize many of the warts in their religion, they realize violence and war are wrong... many of the problems and work to fix those - peacefully. It would seem Islam is stuck in the 7th Century and may never get out.

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