"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language...No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
Every religion is a religion of war.
“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
The Crusades started as wars of self-defense against invading Muslim armies. Assigning some heinous motive to them is just mistaken. I am not going to deny that Christian countries have been more abusive of other religions than Muslims during most of their respective histories, but the question was about whether Islam is a religion of war and I would say it is, unlike Christianity.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
I say yes/yes. I'm afraid of them. I'd like to see us get away from using their oil, but we've waited too long, and done some dumb stuff that we are now paying for.
"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen.
This poll fails. It implicitly argues that Islam is a monolithic entity. It's like arguing that Christianity is one monolith with one set of ideals and practices.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Yes and no.
Some parts of it, yes, but not all.
I would say that (obviously) those parts (depending on how you define "parts") that support/are terrorists are an "evil/a religion of war".
Other than that, I don’t really know enough to comment.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Met too plenty a Muslim to say its an evil religion. But obviously the many ignoramus members of this board have not and choose instead to believe what there far right extremist Christian skinheads have to say.
Nonetheless it has its flaw's and aspects of it ARE evil, sure. Just like Catholics, Muslims can be nut jobs if they want to, and perfectly rational and tolerant when they want too aswell.
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"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <
Yes, very obviously.