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Forced conversion

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in response to reader comment: The Koran teaches forced conversion.

Submitted by Nitin Iyengar (United States), Jul 26, 2006 at 14:55

Perhaps the Koran does teached forced conversion, but so has Christianity throughout human history. In fact, during the dark ages, Christians were very brutal towards everybody, especially Jewish people. The point is, almost all religions have forced conversion and have used it at different points. There is a lot of hatred in America right now for Muslims, but come on, we've done this also. Americans have done pretty harsh things "in the name of god" America, although it has a myriad of religions, is a Christian country, and there are many people out there in the news who are racist against other people because of their religion and their country. I mean, even in the senate, the Senators call America the world's oldest democracy. What about Athens, Greece, which had democracy before any other civilization in the world? Or Rome? Perhaps they are not viewed as the oldest because, being before Christianity, they are viewed as "barbaric." Come on, it's time to be kind to people and not hide behind faith, because although fate can drive you, it shouldn't consume you.

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