dog breath wrote:
You can find examples in our old testament of our prophets engaging in equally repugnant activities (by today's standards) that were considered 'normal' at that time. This is why I have a problem with people picking out things about Islam, the prophet, etc, and using them as 'evidence' of why Islam is violent, evil , or otherwise 'wrong'. you can find the same kinds of behaviours in our own past and in our bible. ..
Not really nor did they have the stature of Mohammed. Mohammed was THE prophet. Besides, its the New Testament that has more relevance.
You have to take in the whole picture. No other religion approaches the violence and brutality of islam throughout history.
I think that you are not honestly acknowledging the violence of Christian history (past and present), and not only official church sponsored violence either...in addition to Inquisition, witch trials, crusades, catholic vs protestant purges and civil wars, pogroms against Jews, the Holocaust itself was carried out in the middle of Christian Europe in a Christian Country, muslims had nothing to do with that one...look at European colonisation which were devastating on local indigenous peoples, American colonisation of the West, American slavery (christian on christian I might add), Serbian ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the 1990's, some might go so far as to include the first and second world wars which were dominated by christian cultures...I think that's a bit of a stretch myself but I've read that statement... muslim involvment was minor to insignificant in those devastating world events that killed hundreds of millions of people world wide...I couldn't say which was/is more violent but Christianity does have a very violent past, (and present), how many 'good christians' are 'okay' with the 'collateral damage' their tax money is causing in Muslim countries?...how many people (US soldiers, Iraqi Soldiers, Iraqi women , children, aged, and other non-combatants...) were killed in the illegal (under international law) war of aggression (invasion of Iraq) caused by a Christian President (GWBush), who used lies to start the war?
this website (below) takes an interesting look at some of these issues, from a muslim, academic, POV.http://www.islam101.com/terror/mythViolence.htm
on the issue of who's more violent, I believe that I have said all I can say so I'll leave it at that for now...