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Submitted by John Bastile (Hong Kong), Nov 13, 2005 at 08:37

I understand that you try to live up to your name of being a scholar but for contributions to weblogs, brevity is a virtue. Not too many 'cut and paste' articles please. I'm sure a person's intellectual ability is judged by the comments made and the validity of arguments. Anyway, thank you for taking your time to enlighten us further about Islam.

I mentioned that your Quran is filled with hate-verses for non-believers. Your Allah has a very vivid and detailed ideas about how non-believers shall be tortured in hell-fire. So many verses on how muslims should not guide non-believers because Allah as destined them and set veils on their eyes and hearts. Allah will lead them astray. And you quoted Gibbon and James Michener.

One question to you, is it true or untrue that your Quran has verses on how Allah will lead them astray and be tormented in hell?...

Refute my claims. Don't just cut and paste articles singing assertions and attributes. It may be typical, but you are a scholar. Let's go beyond the flowery phrases like "Muhammad is most merciful" and "Islam means peace".

When I cite examples about Thailand, Beslan, and Indonesia, I cite them with the reason that those murderers cried "Allahu Akhbar" when they committed those crimes. Muslims? Yes. For Allah? Yes.

You counter-examples of other people's atrocities such as Zimbabwee, Army of the Lord (Uganda), Republic of Congo, the crime problem in Colombia, South Africa, Mexico and Jamaica, etc are not inspired by our holy books. Christians? Yes. For Christ? No.

You asked me to be careful not to judge Islam by the action of few of his followers. When should I be careful? 3 Christian girls were beheaded in Indonesia. London bombings. Bali bombings. Jordanian bombings. Please advise, when should I start to be careful in judging the actions of muslims?

You lambasted me for quoted a few verses from your Quran. Later, you filled up spaces, quoting short verses from the Bible. That's okay. Muslims can build mosques in Western world. Christians cannot build churches on Arab soil. We're learning to be dhimmnis.

Yes, you quoted Prof. K. S. Ramakrishna Rao's sayings on muslim women. Ah yes, I see the light now. Muslims women are liberated people. Yes, I notice their presence in world arenas such as politics, economics, sports and education. I see them being leaders in muslim communities. Thank you for your theory.

You also mentioned that in Islam, God is a god of Mercy and compassion and not a god of war nor is he a consuming fire. You said that can give many examples. Please do.

Islam WAS the fastest growing religion. More people are leaving the Islam now. The internet has empowered many "muslims" from openly leaving the religion without being killed as apostates.

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