No you really can't. No religion has been as brutal to its own people throughout time as islam. Not one.
inquisition, witch trials, heretic burnings, catholic/protestant purges, hanging for stealing loaf of bread, hanging for homosexuals, ...I'm sure there's more but this is just a synopsis of Christian violence on fellow christians, through church's and governments...[/quote]
Not like islam has done to islam. Its not even close and islam has maintained their brutality over hundreds of years. They still behead, stone, they just made crucifiction legal and I've seen too much video from people who've been there on how they slowly execute people. How about what they do to women and how they treat them? They are treated as second class citizens. Ever heard of genital mutilation?
No other religion approaches the brutality of islam.[/quote]
you aren't giving much thought to Christian, European history then are you.
The inquistion was brought against anyone who didn't jump high enough to support the version of Christianity in power at the time. Heretics (anyone who didn't follow the letter of the religious doctrine to the T...) were tortured to confess then 'released' by burning. Thousands of fellow christians were treated thus, as were thousands of Jews and muslims...In England and America, hundreds (if not thousands) of people (mostly poor ,marginalised, women and widows) were burned as witches with no valid proof of misdeeds, just based on paranoid ignorance or someone malicious accusations...I have read accounts that claim much of church land in England was acquired in this manner, widows who held land titles , and who had no families to speak for them were often charged as witches, burned and the lands taken by the church...
genital mutilation is not supported in the Koran but is a tribal thing practiced in some parts of Africa. I was listening to a CBC radio documentary on it yesterday re: a grass roots movement in Mali to stop this horrific practice that is supported by both Imams and by 'pagan' (for lack of a better word) preists but is not supported in the Koran
Many of the brutal practices of Islamic nations today are not because Islam is inherently evil or violent but because of regional and local history and practices.
There are christian sects who deny women and children rights, force female children into marriages with old men, do not allow them associate with members of the outside world, etc, but can you say that means that "Christianity" is oppressive? its a minor sect(s) , not the whole religion.
Christian governments are bombing the shite out of Islamic countrysides killing non-combatants by the hundreds, thousands...they have every reason to take that to mean that Christianity is a brutal religion...ever hear 'W' use the word 'Crusade' in his 'war on terror'?
Islam is as violent as the people who practice is, as is Christianity, as us Judaism.
you can look at passages in the old testament that say you should stone your neighbour if he works on the sabbath...does that demonstrate that Christianity is violent? There are Christian sects who I would not trust with 'power' because I feel that is the direction they would take the rest of us...
question; What right does Israel have to the land that the Palestians call their homeland? You haven't answered that one yet...