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Nabil, I am paying very careful attention.

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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Sep 6, 2006 at 07:45

"If the Qur'an is a product of illiteracy, how could it be a forgery of the Bible if Muhammad couldn't even read it in the first place? You're contradicting yourself here."

Well, let me first explain you this small one. The fact that Muhammad was a violent and illiterate thug doesn't mean that he was also stupid. Obviously he knew well the world in which he lived and the people among whom he acted. There is no doubt that he was well aware of the Bible and of its teachings from his Jewish neighbors. Nevertheless, from the way he "reedited" the Bible to fit his needs (I know, I know…the Angel Gabriel did it for him), it is obvious that he relied heavily on the illiteracy of his Arab audience. Nabil, even if perhaps you cannot agree with me on this, at least I hope that you won't accuse me of contradicting myself. The truth sometimes is that simple and logical.

"So please tell me how the religion of the Old Testament, with its own share of violent verses, can be seen to be "better than Islam"! Have you read the Book of Deuteronomy?? And it seems like the punishment for idolatry is death, if you can follow the precedent set by the prophet Moses and his follower Joshua."

Nabil, please, you tell me when was the last time you heard about a Jew (or a Christian for that matter) being executed for idolatry? Or for abandoning his faith and converting to another religion? Or indiscriminately killing nonbelievers just because they don't follow the "right" religion? Should I go on? You see, as I already tried several times to explain it to you, the problem may not be necessarily with the religion, but with the way it is practiced. And the way Islam is practiced in our days by its faithful followers degrades it to a barbarian Cult of Death.

"I see Islam as a Universal faith and all other religions as variants of Islam,…"

Even though this statement may sound relatively tame and harmless, it being said on the background of a violent, aggressive, and murderous Worldwide Islamic Revolution raging allover around us, it cannot reassure me of your true objectives and intentions.

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