Re: Extremists Distort All Religions …, Ihsaan Gardee, Sept. 12.
It’s true that, at times, some Christians have taken their religion to its extremes, but they went against God’s teachings in the holy Bible. The Islamists of ISIS, however, are devout Muslims who are merely following the teachings of the Koran.
The Koran teaches: “Fight those who believe not in Allah” (9:29); “slay the idolaters, wherever you find them” (9:5); “O Prophet, strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites” (9:73); “The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger … is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their fee should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned” (5:33); “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So smite above the necks” (8:12).
As Ali Sina once said, “Islam’s biggest enemy is the Koran. If people learn what is in that book, Islam will be finished.”With all due respect to Mr. Sina, I couldn't disagree more. For no matter how blood-thirsty and violent the passages are, they can always be obfuscated/explained as being misconstrued, or poorly translated, or, my personal favorite, "taken out of context." And non-Muslims in the West, who have been brainwashed by multicultural bromides to believe that all religions are more or less the same, and that their fundamentalists are equally dangerous, will swallow it all sans cavil.
John Stefan Obeda, London, Ont.
Hey, if even David Cameron is still shoveling that religion-of-peace crap, you know that, for non-Muslims, the contents of the Koran are pretty much irrelevant.