How do you judge a religion?
How do you judge a religion?
Here is the reality which you are ignorant of:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
— John 13:34-35"
Notice he says "as I have loved you." That clearly means that he is requiring his followers to imitate his own life of sympathy and charity. The behavior of the Westboroites is clearly not an imitation of Christ's behavior. So no, the Westboroites are not Christians. And by that scriptural standard, perhaps the majority of people who think they are Christians are not really.
In contrast to Christ's behavior and message, Muhammad was a violent warlord who slaughtered many people in his lifetime and he very clearly commanded his followers to do the same.
Why ignore this obvious contrast between religious teachings?
You judge a religion by how it speaks to you. Logic has nothing to do with it.
"Here are examples of many self identified Muslims who don't commit or support acts of religiously inspired violence." "Well, no true Muslim opposes or refuses to engage in acts of religiously inspired violence."
Meanwhile we can all ignore the fact that the United States is constantly intervening in majority Muslim nations in violent ways, and that of course has nothing to do with the occasional attacks made on the West.
Regarding genocide in the Old Testament - those orders were specific. They were not by any means general orders to go out and commit genocide. They were orders given to the Israelites to commit genocide against specific people such as the Amorites.
In contrast, the requirements to commit violence in the Quran are not specific at all. They are generalized. Muhammad did not command certain people to kill certain other people. Muhammad commanded his followers to kill non-Muslims in general.
This is a huge difference between the two religions which liberals frequently misunderstand. According to Muslims, the Quran already existed before Humans. It is the eternal and unchanging word of Allah. In contrast, the Old Testament is more of a historical document. While there are some Christian sects who cherry pick things out of the Old Testament, such as the Westboroites, I don't know of any popular group that makes any genuine effort to follow the Old Testament literally. In contrast, some of the most important Muslim leaderships do their best to follow the Quran literally.
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia recently reinforced support for child marriages. He is one of the most important leaders in Islam. If the Pope had said such a thing, American liberals would be freaking out. Yet for some reason, when Muslims do it, they get a pass. An odd double standard, don't you think? That double standard is explained well by Wilders' belief that many Americans are blind to the reality of Islam.
Haven't I already schooled you on this topic? It's like Islamic grade school around here. Please, go learn the facts before you try to debate.
Clearly, either Muhammad didn't actually command it, or Muslims have consistently ignored the commandment.
And reading the Wikapedia article that you cite, it appears that - far from being marked for death - non-Muslims have it surprisingly good in Muslim countries.
Quran (2:191-193) - "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."
Clearly, Muhammad did command his followers to kill non-believers, in general. And yes, luckily for the rest of the world, most Muslims do not actively follow the Quran's teachings. However, a large percentage of them do.
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