At 1/27/04 04:49 PM, NEMESiSZ wrote:
No, it doesn't. The Koran is based on violence, the Muslim faith is based on self-propagation by force throughout the world.
It's nice to assume the Bible is equally violent, but it really isn't..if you had read either you'd know this.
I would like to take issue with this. I have studied domestic terrorist groups such as the militia and Patriot movements. I have read their literature and talked to them and learned what their world-view and justifications are. I have done this in pursuit of my University degree.
Many of these groups have taken the bible, to include the New Testament, and perverted its teachings to fit their violent world-view and justify violence. For example; Jesus casting out from the temple the money changers is interpreted by them as legitimizing force in the face of the profane infecting the sacred.
Also, they claim that Jesus himself ordered his disciples to arm themselves (were they not armed when the Romans came to take Jesus, did He not tell one of them to put away his sword?).
Also look at the Old Testament, the story of the Isrealites breaking free from Egyptian bondage to eventually find the land of milk and honey. Along the way they encounter hostile people who either they or God smite. This is a story of the political expansion, oft violent, of God's (and I mean Jehovah not Allah) people.