Sunday, August 22, 2010

Faiths likely to encourage violence

Law prof Volokh writes about a new Time mag poll:
So 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers — which, as best I can tell, is an accurate belief. I don’t think most Muslims support violence against nonbelievers. But it seems to me that Islam as we see it in the world today is more likely than most other major faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers, ...
A reader sarcastically adds:
Exhibit A: Christianity — Founded by a peaceful rabbi teacher who taught his followers to love your fellow man, even your enemy.

Exhibit B: Islam — Founded by a pedophile WARLORD sand murderer who PERSONALLY led his followers on campaigns around the desert where they robbed, killed, raped, and pillaged other villages and people. He taught his followers that anyone who denies him should be killed, and that their duty from now until the end of time is to take over the entire world until its all under their totalitarian religious pseudo-state control by either conversion, slavery, or death of all the peoples of the world.

Yeah, you guys are right...I see no difference there either. I can’t imagine why the followers of Islam are so different than the followers of every single other religion on the planet.
Of greater relevance is what those followers are taught today. I wonder why only 46% believe that about Islam. Perhaps they attribute some of the violence to Arabic culture and teachings of Mohammad that are not properly considered part of the Islamic faith.

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