Spot on. Weren’t some people in another thread justifying violence by referring to “an eye for an eye” in the Bible? Does that mean that Christianity is an inherently violent religion? Of course not. Shit. People reveal their ignorance in more and more unwittingly blatant ways everyday on this forum…[/quote]
Absolutely they were. And there were people justifying violence as well against the government- which is exactly what these nutjobs were going to do.
All religions get violent when their power is threatened, like anything else. And the people that blindly follow them are the sheep that strap the bombs to themselves- don’t matter whether they wearing a cross or a turban or whatever else.
I love this attitude of, “Well, Christianity is different” that pervades this shithole. [/quote]
I kind of agree with both you and trib. I agree that if you get down to nuts and bolt of religious text, most aren’t all that different. I also don’t think anyone here is studied enough on all the different religious documents to make an unbiased thorough comparison.
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not arguing for or against any religion. I’m not saying any major religion has it right or wrong.
I do however think that Islam is different in it’s present practices. Don’t several of the major schools of Islam preach violence? Do the others move to eradicate the violence from their own religion by all reasonable means?
Other religions have been more outgoing at removing barbarism. Hell, even sects like Mormonism stamped out polygamy in their ranks by every means possible. (legally separated, condemned the practice, kicked out people who did it, sued over polygamous churches using the Mormon name, eventually change their name, ect.) Pretty much all religions have done horrible things, and even have barbaric teachings in their scripture. However, I don’t fault present day ones who do all in their power to end such practices.
Am I wrong to think Islam hasn’t done this?[/quote]
I see your point, and halfway agree with it.
But no, I don’t know of one religion that really went out of its way to stop barbarism.
Where was the Pope and the priests when the IRA was bombing Protestants? Or during the Troubles as a whole?
Where are the heads of Judaism who are encouraging the IDF to not slay civilians in Palestine, or that are comfortable with a compromise on those issues?
It just doesn’t happen.