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Pipes in right, Spencer is wrong

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Submitted by Safraz (United States), Dec 6, 2006 at 19:17

Religion is interpretation. Any religion that depends on a sacred text as its source, will depend on the interpreation of that source by human beings. And if the human being is political, the natural outcome is that the religion will be interpreted with the political ends in mind.

Thus we saw the conquest of America and the genocide of the Native Americans in the West Indies justified by religious leaders, supporting the monarchs of the time, spreading Christianity by the sword - well really killing people and justifying it by saying that they weren't Christian and wouldn't convert.

And now we see a radical Muslim leaders justifying violence against the West, against westerners, and against Mulsims who disagree with them, with religion.

Did the Quran say it was ok to murder Shi'ite Muslims? Nope. Did the Quran say it was ok to murder Suffi Muslims? Nope. Did the Quran say it was ok to murdern Christians or Jews or Hindus? Nope. Did the Quran say it was ok to murder? Nope. But that's just my interpretation.

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