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Islam stands with us against blood, violence of terrorism

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  • April 23, 2015

The words to describe Islamic State atrocities have been all but exhausted. The bloodcurdling images in the news of their attacks stir the deepest resentment and there appears to be no end in sight to their violent activities. All of society feels insecure and vulnerable.  

This atmosphere of anxiety makes it difficult for some, and impossible for others, to distinguish between the activities of the Islamic State and the religion of Islam. U.S. President Barack Obama was at pains to make that distinction when he recently made it clear that his country was not at war with Islam. In his mind, Islamic State and Islam are different realities. But it’s less clear if Obama’s opinion is shared among other world leaders as they try to combat terrorism in their countries.

What is frequently left out of the discussion whenever violent acts are committed in the name of Islam is the question of whose God is it anyway? Do Catholics, for example, believe that Allah, the God of Islam, is their God as well? Would a worshipper hear from a Catholic pulpit or a Muslim hear at a prayer service that Islam and Christianity worship the same God? Probably not. Does the average Catholic and Muslim try to understand the similarities and differences between the God worshipped by Islam and Christianity? Not likely.

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100 plus verses of the Qur'an mandate the murder of Jews, Christians, and non-believers. The so-called prophet
is clear in his instruction. Jesus is nothing more than a prophet. The Qur'an does not accept Jesus as the Son of God.
Nor his death...

100 plus verses of the Qur'an mandate the murder of Jews, Christians, and non-believers. The so-called prophet
is clear in his instruction. Jesus is nothing more than a prophet. The Qur'an does not accept Jesus as the Son of God.
Nor his death and resurrection!

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