Islam, War, and the Ignoble Book

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Just as most Republicans and Democrats disagree, and they do so vehemently disagree, so do most of the religious texts of Christianity and Islam, as do most of the texts of the US Constitution and the Qur'an, as do most of the American mainstream and the Muslim mainstream as to what constitutes the hearts and minds of ourselves, our families and our faith.

“Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur'an] psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

Ayatollah Khomeini

[Islam, War, and the Ignoble Book]

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