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Submitted by Dick Wangler (United States), Sep 9, 2006 at 11:46

Mr. Gadahn and those of your ilk: To the gentlemen (and now, sadly, ladies) who would take the lives of innocents in order to leverage conversion (or, more correctly, political control) to Islam, I offer this counteroffer: convert to Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, any other religion that condemns conversion by force of violence.

And please - don't insult me and the other readers by insisting that you are merely "freedom fighters" trying to cast off the yoke of "opressive" foreigners "occupying" your land in Israel, Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Georgia, Nigeria, Java, the Philippines, India, England, France, Spain... in short, the world over (just how egocentric can you people possibly be?). The followers of Islam who are content to live peacefully with others whose theological beliefs differ from theirs are to be applauded for attempting to bring some semblance of civility to the radical extremists who hide behind women, children, and your religion.

The zealots to whom this offer is addressed really do need to move beyond the 7th century. Extremists all share an enormous flaw of faith: If Allah is all-powerful, don't you think He is powerful enough to handle His affairs, and to influence the world as He sees fit? If you have that basic a reservation in your faith, consider converting to a religion where the Deity truly IS all-powerful. I realize of course that the acceptance of another faith is out of the question for you (and would likely not change the fundamentally psychopathic character of your tormented soul), as you cannot accept that the deity within your own faith is omnipotent, so herein lies the kernel: Do you honestly believe you ARE Allah?

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