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Published on Jul 20, 2011

October 6, 2010
Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?

For: Zeba Khan
For: Maajid Nawaz

Against: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Against: Doulas Murray

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The difference between Jesus and Muhammed MUHAMMAD Said Allah hates those who don't accept Islam. (Qur'an 30:45, 3:32, 22:38) JESUS Said God loves everyone. (John 3:16) MUHAMMAD "I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" (Muslim 1:33) JESUS "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword." (Matthew 26:52) MUHAMMAD Stoned women for adultery. (Muslim 4206) JESUS "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." (John 8:7) MUHAMMAD Permitted stealing from unbelievers. (Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764) JESUS "Thou shalt not steal." (Matthew 19:18) MUHAMMAD Permitted lying. (Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857) JESUS "Thou shalt not bear false witness." (Matthew 19:18) MUHAMMAD Owned and traded slaves. (Sahih Muslim 3901) JESUS Neither owned nor traded slaves. MUHAMMAD Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys. (Sahih Muslim 4390) JESUS Beheaded no one. MUHAMMAD Murdered those who insulted him. (Bukhari 56:369, 4:241) JESUS Preached forgiveness. (Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38) MUHAMMAD "If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him" (Qur'an 2:194) JESUS "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39) MUHAMMAD Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one's position in Paradise by a hundred fold. (Muslim 4645) JESUS "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9) MUHAMMAD Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves. (Bukhari 5:268, Qur'an 33:50) JESUS Was celibate. MUHAMMAD Slept with a 9-year-old child. (Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236) JESUS Did not have sex with children. MUHAMMAD Ordered the murder of women. (Ibn Ishaq 819, 995) JESUS Never harmed a woman. MUHAMMAD "O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness." (Qur'an 9:123) JESUS "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5) MUHAMMAD Ordered 65 military campaigns and raids in his last 10 years. (Ibn Ishaq ) JESUS Ordered no military campaigns, nor offered any approval of war or violence. MUHAMMAD Killed captives taken in battle. (Ibn Ishaq 451) JESUS Never took captives. Never killed anyone. MUHAMMAD Encouraged his men To Molest enslaved women. (Abu Dawood 2150, Qur'an 4:24) JESUS Never encouraged molest. Never enslaved women. MUHAMMAD Demanded captured slaves and a fifth of all other loot taken in war. (Qur'an 8:41) JESUS "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." (Matthew 20:28) MUHAMMAD Was never tortured, but tortured others. (Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764) JESUS Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone. MUHAMMAD "And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah" (Qur'an 8:39) JESUS "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44) MUHAMMAD Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man (al-Tabari 1440) JESUS Healed a blind man (Mark 8:28) MUHAMMAD Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit from which he preached Islam. (Bukhari 47:743) JESUS Washed his disciples feet. (John 13:5) MUHAMMAD What are the Greatest Commandments? "Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause" (Muslim 1:149) JESUS What are the Greatest Commandments? "Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matthew 22:34-40) MUHAMMAD Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship (Qur'an 4:102) JESUS Chastised anyone attempting to defend him with force. (John 18:10-12) MUHAMMAD Died fat and wealthy from what was taken from others in war or demanded from others in tribute. JESUS Demanded nothing for himself. Died without possessions. MUHAMMAD Advocated crucifying others. (Qur'an 5:33, Muslim 16:4131) JESUS Was crucified himself. MUHAMMAD According to his followers: Had others give their lives for him. (Sahih Muslim 4413) JESUS According to his followers: Gave his life for others. (John 18:11 and elsewhere)
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Vladimir Lenin
Why do we not debate if for example Buddhism is a religion of peace? Or Christianity, or Hinduism? It's because there is not much to debate. There is a clear contrast between them and what Koran teaches. The reason why we debate Islams peacefulness is because in the Koran there are so many examples of violence to debate.
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The majority of Muslims live in Peace because they live with muslims OF THE SAME SECT....mix them with muslims of different sects..or with people of other ANY other religion...and bingo bango ...WAR...
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Lazare Landais
It's a religion of peace and if you say otherwise i'll chop your head off
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brian jones
Islam is indeed an diverse religion. However if she had been born in other predominately Muslim counties, she would not be able to show her face, get educated, and she may well have lost her clitoris.
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Mel Jama
If Islam is so great why the hell is every muslim trying to get into secular nations? Why not go to Turkey, Iran, Saudi, Tunisia, Morocco, Malaysia etc ?   A wise man once said "The older I get the less I pay attention to what men say and more to what men do"  I love you Ayaan
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Facts and logic applied to islam = islam is not a religion of peace
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David Emerling
Maajid Nawaz repeatedly tried to reframe the proposition. Can you really blame him? He appealed to the audience to vote for the HOPE that Islam could become a religion of peace, tacitly acknowledging that it certainly is not. He asked the audience to "vote for peace". That is not the proposition. Who is against peace, for crissakes? 34% of the audience started the debate in the undecided category. Afterwards, only 9% remained undecided. 25% of them moved out of the undecided category and developed an opinion. Even if all of them came to the conclusion that Islam was not a religion of peace (which is somewhat unlikely), that wouldn't account for the HUGE jump for those AGAINST the proposition from 25% to 55%. What obviously happened is that many who originally thought that Islam is a religion of peace must have converted to the idea that it is not. Zeba Khan was a weak selection for the debate, in my opinion. She represented nothing more than an anecdotal example of a Muslim women who was raised by a family who had decided to adopt the more peaceful aspects of Islam (which do exist) and ignore the violent aspects of it which are more numerable. The Koran instructs that, if any portion of the Koran conflicts with another portion (an odd thing to occur if the Koran is truly to be considered the infallible word of God), the later portions take precedence. Those later portions are, by far, the most violent. One could make an argument that the jihadists are actually more in line with the precepts of the Koran than those who keep insisting that it is a religion of peace. It certainly is not a religion of peace. I'm no apologist for any of the other religions, by the way. I think you can cherry-pick your way through the Bible and find plenty of violent passages and claim that Christianity is also not a religion of peace. Nor, Judaism. Yet, we do not seem to have an epidemic of Christians and Jews blowing themselves up in the name of their God. There is no Christian principle that mandates the killing of those practicing apostasy (non-belief) as is unique to Islam. Christians claim that that judgement is reserved for God to make. Muslims seem to think that THEY can make that call. And why wouldn't they believe that? That's what the Koran teaches. I think one of the questions by a member of the audience was actually quite poor although it was hailed as an excellent question. She asked, "If Islam is not a religion of peace - could it be?" That's an unfair question to those arguing FOR the proposition. That's like asking, "If it's true that you were beating your wife, is there anyway you could stop beating her in the future?" John Lennon was right - Imagine there were no religions. There would be less wars, less violence and the world would be a better place. It's not all Islam's fault - but they are certainly a big part of the problem.
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John Key
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Amber Riley
As off topic as this is... Both of the girls are absolutely beautiful.
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