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Does the Koran really preach peace?

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Submitted by Smith (United States), Jan 15, 2003 at 12:26

I have just finished reading the Koran and am utterly shocked. Just where exactly are the fabled messages of peace and love the Koran supposedly preaches? I myself could find few. I have come to learn that in order to be a true God-fearing Muslim one must chastise and persecute the unbelievers. On nearly every page the Koran speaks of death to the unbelievers, taxing the unbelievers, punishing the unbelievers. What kind of faith is this?

As a Christian I am called to love and pray for the salvation of the unbeleivers, not to persecute them into oblivion. Do you know what happens to a Muslim if he converts to Christianity? He faces unbelievable persecution and sometimes death. To save the honor of the family, a brother or father might take it upon himself to kill the wayward son.

I challenge those of you who have never seen a Koran to pick one up at your local bookstore. See for yourself what a Muslim is called to do.
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