Originally posted by ObservorWhile I don't have anything to dispute with the part I didn't quote, this one is blatantly false.
Christianity, at least nominally, is a religion of peace because of what Jesus preached, even if few Christians follow it. However, Islam is not a religion of peace, the prophet himself having fought several wars. But I personally don't hold that against Islam.
hmm ok point taken. I am far from a scholar on Islam, but my understanding is there is a similar dichotomy between pre- and post-Mohammed as there is with Old- and New Testament Christianity, just the opposite.
i.e. Old Testament God = brutal, harsh and vengeful. New Testament = All love, kindness and sending his only Son to die for us.
Pre-Mohammed = Peace, Post-Mohammed = War.
I know that is simplifying it too much, but that is my general understanding so please correct me if I am wrong.
Regardless I still believe the core message of the Quran is one of peace. That said I have never read it so I am possibly entirely wrong. Perhaps it is just propaganda? Yet I have heard real Muslims say that Islam is a religion of peace, so I think there is some truth to it.
Anyway, my point is that people on both sides of the fence can come up with hateful ideas about the others and use that to justify violence. There ARE real terrorists out there and I think that's why it was so easy to blame 9/11 on them.
A poster on here a while back pointed out that if terrorism were really a threat to us, then you'd have people walking into shopping centres with AK-47s on a regular basis. From what I understand, you can buy guns "off the street" in the US so it would be dead easy for someone to pick one up and start shooting up a public place. Or is all of the security just so good that they can stop all these minor threats....just not the really massive ones that kill thousands of people?