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Originally posted by BlackJackal
Read a little further in the Surah down to verse 29.
Surah - 9:29 "Fight People of the Book (Christians and Jews), who do not accept the religion of the truth (Islam), until they pay tribute (penalty tax) by hand, being inferior."
Even in verse 11 it states if they repent they are your brethren.
If you read the book The Propeht’s Biography: vol 2 by Ibn Hisham you will see an interesting tale of the town of Bani Quayza.
Love and equality right? I can't remember the story of Jesus Lopping peoples heads off I must have missed that one in Sunday School. Islam was born out of violence and does have many high points but its low points are off the deep end.
The declarations from the pope are more dangerous than the cartoons, because they come from the most important Christian authority in the world — the cartoons just came from an artist," said Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo, Egypt, who studies Islamic militancy.
Originally posted by 2stepsfromtop
IF you read the article, it clearly states that he quoted a Pontiff from a long time ago. Although I have to agree with the Pontiff of the old days; what has Mohammad brought except violence and evil?
Originally posted by Valhall
1. He didn't say "descend". He said ascend.
What, did you get so utterly confused ...
by the Marion doctrine and get all caught up in the fake story of HER ascension
I think the answer is yes
Originally posted by NettieMoore
I would argue that the Pope doesn't speak out enough about some aspects of Islam. Look at the human rights abuses in Iran, the persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia, etc.
Killing was indiscriminate, and victory was often celebrated as "the justification of all Christianity and the humiliation of all paganism." Indeed, even some clerics participated in the killing, and new militant monastic orders were founded to participate in the Crusades. Those infidels who were not crucified or mutilated or disemboweled or hanged were often enslaved, tortured, and raped, and their possessions were, of course, stolen from them. Concerning the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, for example, Raymond of Agiles reported that "piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city... it was a just and splendid judgment of God, that this place should be filled with the blood of the unbelievers, when it had suffered so long from their blasphemies."
The Inquisitions often accomplished at home what the Crusades ultimately failed to accomplish abroad: the destruction of pagans heretics, the acquisition of wealth and property for pope and king, and the neutralization and elimination of political enemies. The Inquisitions (one of which was actually declared as a Crusade by Pope Innocent in 1207-1208) were church sanctioned Holy Wars against the Cathari, Albigensians, Waldesians, Moors, Jews, liberal theologians, homosexuals, witches and heretics who threatened the political and economic power of pope and king.
When he found that gold was scarce in the islands, Columbus engaged in a slave raid which captured fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, five hundred of whom were sent back to Spain to be sold at auction. En route, 200 died.
When the Arawaks organized an army of resistance, they were burned at the stake, hanged, and tortured in Inquisitorial fashion. Mass suicides began among the Arawaks and they killed their own infants rather than let them grow up to face the Spaniards.
A major source of information on the violence and exploitation of the Columbian-inspired exploitation of the indigenous people - and a powerful source of opposition to it - is the work of Dominican priest Bartolome de Las Casas. Perhaps his most brilliant and persuasive work is In Defense of the Indians. Las Casas, a contemporary of Columbus in the "New World," and other missionaries, spoke vigorously against the numerous crimes which were committed against the "Indians" in the name of God, and the priest makes a powerful case that de facto "genocide" did indeed occur very early on after the Columbian invasion.
he addresses his interlocutor with a startling brusqueness on the central question about the relationship between religion and violence in general, saying: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God," he says, "is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats."
Originally posted by ARNOMANNN
First of all, I just want to start by saying the following:
He ascended into Heaven
The third day He arose again from the dead.