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Submitted by John Anderson (United States), Sep 2, 2002 at 00:52

I keep hearing that the Mohammedan religion is a religion of peace and the Islamists are not Islamic, and on and on.

I am sure most Moslems are peaceful - but I have yet to hear any quotes from the Quran that say so in the vein of "Love thy neighbor" or "There are many masions in the house of God." They exist, I have read them: it is forbidden, for example, to use force to convert the unbeliever if reason will not succeed, as the unbeliever is also part of Allah's plan.

Forgive me, my history is spotty here, but I do not recall a single instance of a populace being converted to Mohammed peacefully; always the sword and gun. Yes, Christianity has used those tactics as well - but how large a part did they play in the conversions of, say, Denmark? Sweden? Germany? Russia? France?

Yes, I think most are peaceful, but I think most Germans of the 1930's were peaceful and just wanted to be left alone. Unfortunately, as Lenin said, if you have absolute control of ten percent of a populace the other ninety percent won't know how to counter you: add Goebbel's idea that if you repeat a lie often enough it will be believed, and the Hitlers and ayatollahs take and keep command.

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