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Harrak - You Just Don't Get It

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: A challenge for Pat, Howard, hr and Pagan BIBLE and VIOLENCE (thanks Amir)

Submitted by Pat (United States), Feb 19, 2006 at 19:31


There are many references to death in the Old Testament and there are different ones in the New Testament. I cannot cite chapter and verse, but I remember two clearly:
1. Someone asked Jesus how he should respond if someone came up to him and slapped his face and Jesus told him to turn the other cheek and offer it up to the slapper. The idea being that insults were not enough to compel one to violence.
2. Another was: Lord, what must I do to enter the kingdom of heaven? Jesus' reply was to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole strength and your whole mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.
Where is love in Islam? Does it apply to anyone who is not Muslim?

Some killers (like those who bomb abortion clinics) try to justify their actions by citing the words of the Bible, but they are quickly disavowed by clerics of all denominations who point out that those verses don't justify murder.

No matter how many verses you cite, you can't get past one thing: these words were written thousands of years ago in a different time for a tribal people.

A lot of things were different then. We didn't have airplanes. We didn't cross oceans. We thought the earth was the center of the universe. Today, most of the world is no longer tribal. The Judeo-Christian religions have adjusted to modernity. Why can't Islam? Why must the rest of the world adjust to Islam rather than Islam adjust to the rest of the world?

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