Also want to add something here:dianagrace wrote:The Islamic Jihad is an entirely different philosophy regarding Islam and their need to dominate the universe. The Islamic Jihad is a truly religious and everlasting war. Islam will not rest until it has made the world a Dar al Islam, a world of Peace.
That's why I totally fear Islam. It would probably be a good idea for me to learn classical Arabic, if only so I could say 'Wait, that's not what the verse says', but generally I'm not a fan of debating people using their books.
Dianagrace, you also raise some good points about how religion wasn't the *only* thing that caused problems. Things are always so complicated, and there's certainly enough blame to go around. To say nothing of the fact that the idea of religion as a separate cultural force really only got going in the 17th century (in the West) anyway.... so, I will apologize for monologizing history. Not all religious stuff is bad, of course. It's only when the ideas that are used are those extrapolated to mean 'We are in the right, anyone who refuses must be stopped' that things get really nasty. That it can happen again frightens me, and if I do see that it is happening in small ways, I will work to try and stop it. And I know there are religious people who will do the same- at least in the U.S., probably in Canada.
I never posted any comment about Islamic Jihad. Since I've been Christian my whole life, I wouldn't be familiar with this concept. I'm sure you've misquoted someone.
I just made a comment that people can criticise our religion, that's their choice. I didn't say anything about being offended about that.