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Are Terrorist Organizations Religiously Fueled?

September 19, 2009 - 11:07am
Nick Coons by Nick Coons

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The Qur'an (or Koran), is the religious text of the Islamic belief system, and its contents are blamed for radicalizing Muslims and turning them in to terrorists that attack civilians.



No doubt, there are disturbing verses in the Koran:

  • "Slay them wherever you find them... Idolatry is worse than carnage... Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme."
  • "Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it."
  • "Seek out your enemies relentlessly."

The above are from Surah 2:190-194, Surah 2:216, and Surah 4:103.  They're some examples of what exist in the Koran that some claim are the cause of terrorist attacks against the United States and other places.  But there are additional disturbing passages:

  • "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.  They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
  • "They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul.  All who would not seek the Lord... were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman."
  • "Prepare a place to slaughter his sons for the sins of their forefathers; they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities."

The first one claims that homosexuals should be put to death.   The second one says that people who do not follow the "chosen" religion are to be put to death.   And the last says that sons should be put to death as punishment for their fathers' sins.   While some people may not like homosexuality, the idea that people don't follow their religion, or think less of a son for his father's actions, none but the religious extremists would consider death as a reasonable response.

But what may surprise you is that those last three quotes are not from the Koran; they are Leviticus 20:13, 2 Chronicles 15:12-13, and Isaiah 14:21 of the Holy Bible.

Are you a Christian?  Do you believe that the Bible is the word of God? How do you reconcile the above three passages (and there are many more where those came from) with the fact that you don't actively engage in the murder of homosexuals and infidels?

This is not a knock against Christianity.  This is a comparison between two religions; one that is claimed to be the enlightened religion of peace, and the other that is claimed to be the cause of suicide bombers; when in fact both religions' texts include the same sorts of instructions to their followers.  It makes little sense to claim that Muslim terrorists attack us solely based on the contents of their religion, when Christianity urges the same actions, yet Christians are not actively engaged in terrorist bombings.  Instead, there are some actual reasons terrorists attack, and we should focus on those rather than making irrational allegations.

Like the average Christian, the average Muslim is not so blind a follower of his holy books.



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