Monday, November 03, 2008

No Religion of Peace

While it receives a lot of attacks, a lot of people are defending Islam as a religion of peace. Yet there do exists verses in the Koran that emphasize the destruction of those who oppose Allah, just as those exists that emphasize peace. The Bible has similar poorly considered plot holes. For example, despite Jesus' message of peace, check out Psalm 139:21-22 (KJV):

Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

In both religions, a message of love or a message of hate can be contrived from the proper holy books. It all depends on what's needed that day of the week.

The extremists--the Muslims who hate the West, the Christians who hate the East--they're all the same. The use a different book, but they center their message around hate and supremacy. The rest of the folk is the same too--they believe in love, and the extremists want to scare the folk into hatred too.

It's in the eye of the beholder. Let's put all the extremists in a giant pit and let them duke it out... or work it out. I'd bet on the prior, but the latter would be quite the triumph for love.

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