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    Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    Yesterday, Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on John King USA on CNN denouncing Islam as evil and a religion of war.

    So, I want to get a feel for what people truly believe (no, "yes, because..." or "no, because..." BS). If you vote one way without any evidence, that's fine. I'm not even going to ask you to present evidence, though that would be great for this thread.

    So, the question is: Is Islam as a religion evil/a religion of war?
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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    It's difficult to give a yes or no answer to that, given that there are different sects of Islam, with different interpretations. But to answer "yes" based on the grounds that many terrorist groups are Muslim would be like saying Christianity is a religion of war because of the actions of the Catholic church, even though there are pacifists sects like the Quakers.

    And I would also add that it would be very hypocritical for someone calling himself Reverend, to make such an argument.
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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    Quote Originally Posted by surrealistpenguin View Post
    It's difficult to give a yes or no answer to that, given that there are different sects of Islam, with different interpretations. But to answer "yes" based on the grounds that many terrorist groups are Muslim would be like saying Christianity is a religion of war because of the actions of the Catholic church, even though there are pacifists sects like the Quakers.

    And I would also add that it would be very hypocritical for someone calling himself Reverend, to make such an argument.
    I agree. It is something hard to say one way or another. I guess that's the point I'm making. If you demonize an entire population of Muslims - a total of around 1.5 billion people - then you must only see in black and white.

    From Americans' eyes, were the 9/11 terrorist hijackers, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban evil? YES, absoulutely. But you cant look at one cross-section of Islam and declare a sea of Muslims equally evil. It's unfounded. Islam is based on peace. The Qu'ran preaches equality and tolerance with Jews and Christians. Sure, there are some barbaric things in the Qu'ran, but there equally barbaric things in the Bible and the Torah. The religious text should not be taken literally.
    "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

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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    NO
    Because a known christian(Graham) says the opposite.
    Jesus would turn over in his grave if he know what men have done to his movement of two millenia ago.
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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    I try to be tolerant open minded, but honestly, there are some days where I do believe that there is nothing redeemable about that religion. I tend to go back and forth on it though.

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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    It's a religion, ergo it forbids men to use their brains for independent thought, ergo, it's evil. Islam was spread by the sword, and hasn't abandoned the concept of jihad, ergo, it's a religion of war.

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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    Just like with any religion, I believe it is wrong to use a holy book or God to justify acts of violence, hatred and evil deeds. I don't believe Islam is an evil religion, but just like Christianity and many other religions, people have used their beliefs to justify horrendous acts of violence and war. I'm glad to see most religious people have gotten past the whole "killing in the name of God"... but it appears to me that there are still many who practice Islam who are willing to kill in the name of God... and that worries me.
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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sanitas View Post
    Yesterday, Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on John King USA on CNN denouncing Islam as evil and a religion of war.

    So, I want to get a feel for what people truly believe (no, "yes, because..." or "no, because..." BS). If you vote one way without any evidence, that's fine. I'm not even going to ask you to present evidence, though that would be great for this thread.

    So, the question is: Is Islam as a religion evil/a religion of war?
    George W. Bush is a Christian; he started a war against Iraq without provaction, so what does that say about Christians?


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    Re: Is Islam evil/a religion of war?

    Islam was founded by a conqueror and was spread through war. Without question it is a religion of war and from its inception Islam has been most commonly spread through violence.
    "For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
    - Khalil Gibran

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