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Comparing Islam and Christianity

Reader comment on item: Islam's Future [Can Be Modern]

Submitted by Eric (United States), Jul 6, 2003 at 15:31

I often see Muslims trying to disparage Christianity in order to gain respectability for Islam. They recount evil things done by Christian culture. They fail to realize that in order to find great evil committed in the name of Christianity they invariably look to the past. The great evil done in the name of Islam is being done today.

They are setting up a straw man argument. No Christian that I know of is attempting to justify the great evils of Christianity's past. They on the other hand appear to be implying a legitimacy for the present violence committed in the name of Islam by saying that it is no worse than past Christian evils.

The critical point is that there is a tremendous amount of violence being committed by many people within the culture of Islam today and that those engaged in that violence feel justified by repeated calls to violence recorded by Mohammed in the Koran.

Jesus never called on his followers to commit violence. The violence of Christianity's past was a clear corruption and could never be justified by Jesus' words. I wish that the same could be said of the violence within present day Islam when compared with the words of Mohammed and the Koran.
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