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It has long been a staple of Islam that Muslim martyrs will go to paradise and marry 72 black-eyed virgins. But a growing body of rigorous scholarship on the Quran points to a less sensual paradise — and, more important, may offer a step away from fundamentalism and toward a reawakening of the Islamic world.
…The Quran is beautifully written, but often obscure. One reason is that the Arabic language was born as a written language with the Quran, and there’s growing evidence that many of the words were Syriac or Aramaic.
For example, the Quran says martyrs going to heaven will get “hur,” and the word was taken by early commentators to mean “virgins,” hence those 72 consorts. But in Aramaic, hur meant “white” and was commonly used to mean “white grapes."
Originally posted by deltaboy
Its just something to make fun of Islamic extremists
Originally posted by wang
Ok first up i dont know if someone has pointed this out or not already, as i cant be botherd reading the whole thread. But why would you even bother using the HIV virus? It can take years and years for a person to die from aids. Their are easier to make/get your hands on chemical weapons to use than the HIV virus.
Also here is a post that debates the hypothesis that HIV can kill enough t-cells to generate the AID symptons. HIV does not casue AIDS
I dont see this thread with any merit what so ever, just more fearmongering from the press.
Originally posted by wang
But why would you even bother using the HIV virus? It can take years and years for a person to die from aids.
Originally posted by helium3
Its simple, THE FEAR FACTOR (and not that crappy show). Do you know the fear that would cause ?
Originally posted by 27jd
People still do those things. Besides, AIDS is a fairly managable disease now.
Originally posted by FatherLukeDuke
HIV is a manageable disease in the West where we have access to complex drug therapies and the sophisticated medical support that goes with it. However in countries like Iraq, where the health service consists of 4 blokes with some bandages who are desperately trying to patch together all the people who get blown up daily, it is a death sentance
In fact this is the only reason I can think of for the insurgents recruiting HIV positive people (which I doubt) is because they know they are going to die in a not very nice way within the next few years and might be more willing to blow themselves up than people with a lot to live for.