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I'm not sure I get the point, Sarah

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Mar 8, 2010 at 16:49

I hate to be the one to break the news but people will find a way to justify their bad behavior with or without mis-interpreting or selectively attending to small passages of religous writing/

Yes, correct, I bought and have read much of the Koran, and I have yet to look behind any trees or rocks for Jews to murder. But, I'm not sure I see the significance, Sarah.

Truth is, I don't believe the Koran is the timeless, immutable word of God that existed for all time before and since it was recited to Mohammad by an angel. So I am disinclined to carry out its commands. I've never been in a whorehouse here on earth and I don't expect to find one in the afterlife.

But, if I were raised in a family that did believe that the Koran was the timeless, immutable word of God, and that jihad was one's highest calling, (as the Koran says) and was surrounded by countless other families, community leaders and religious leaders all saying the same thing, it's possible I would actually believe it and then would of course want to kill my way into heaven, where 72 beautiful and compliant virgins await me in a lovely green garden.

So, Sarah, simple exposure of Westerners to 7th century ideas is generally not dangerous. But that's not the problem is it? For Islam's cult members, it's a very different story, from New York to London, to Madrid, to North Africa, to Bali. A very different story.

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