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Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:48pm (XFF: keep opinions and facts carefully separated.

The truth, the fact, of the matter is that most faiths large and small are made up of believers that actually have many different variations of beliefs. Some bigger than others. So when we speak of Islam or of Christianity in monolithic terms, it is not honest or fair to define those faiths by beliefs that are not shared by most of those who follow those faiths.

It doesn't matter what YOU, nonbeliever, thinks the Quran commands. What matters in terms of Islam (if we are going to speak of it as a collective, singular faith) is what the believers generally interpret the Quran to mean.

So in this case, it is literally you that is not entitled to your own facts. And thus, we return to the point. Most Muslims don't accept these ideas that you seem to think define their faith. Most Muslims don't believe them. Most Muslims have a different understanding than you. I know this because I have studied the faith and because I have asked Muslims about this issue. Also, it helps to be able to put myself in someone else's shoes and consider things from their point of view.

When a terrorist shouts "Allahu Akbar," that doesn't make them a good Muslim any more than a terrorist shouting, "In the name of Jesus," would make them a good Christian. Refusing to recognize this, however, seems to me to be a form of dishonesty. Many faiths don't have a good view of dishonesty.


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