Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
If you bothered to read the new testament, then you would also observe that Jesus' followers never killed a single person. Nor were they ever told to kill anyone. They were told to preach the Gosepel. If it was rejected, they were to leave and go elsewhere. Not to kill unbelievers.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Taking quotes and texts out of religious books like the Koran or the bible is simply idiotic. The majority of Muslims do not want to rape, pillage, or conquer everyone.
If anything religious controlled countries have taught us that theocracies are the problem, not the religion. The majority of Muslims are peaceful just like Christians.
People in the past used Christianity to hold tyrannies over the populace just like some of these theocracies are using Islam to do the same. The problem isn't the religion it is the people that abuse the religion and use it to gain and control the power they have and want.
Luke, Chapter 12
And no, the killing in the Bible was rampant. Further, in the books of prophecy, there are two Christ-figures. The smiter of the unbelievers and the Prince of Peace. Both are strong figures and, if taken out of context, could lead one to believe that Christianisty is just plain violent.
I love how cafeteria Christians take what they want from the Bible but fail to acknowledge the rest. Especially when they want to stand over other faiths and claim superiority.
Bottom line is...you're wrong. Christians have no room to demean other faiths as being violent. Ever. In either case, it's all about the context of the whole rather than magnifying parts.
Last edited by jallman; 07-13-10 at 01:01 PM.