...you seem to speak with more authority on the matter, isthere something specific about theconcept of "jihad"that you know excludes it as a negative influence and relegate to a mere excuse like the excuses used by christians centuries ago?
I don't speak with any authority on the subject. I'm speaking from my limited knowledge. The Qu'ran didn't make my summer reading list this year.
...You are wayy off base. Nowhere
in the Bible does it teach to drown babies or burn witches...
On murdering babies: http://www.evilbible.com/Murder.htm#Murdering_Children
(a lot of incredible quotes there)
On murdering (not necessarily burning, usually stoning) witches:
"You should not let a sorceress live."
(Exodus 22:17 NAB)
"A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.
" (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
(left out a bunch about "false prophits" and others that may not be considered witches)
As a recovering Christian, I empathize with all who are still trapped in their illogical beliefs, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Jew, etc. My only point here is that it is hypocritical to say "the Qu'ran mentions Jihad, so the entire religion and the follows are prone to violence against all non-believers" unless you apply the same to the Bible. Logicially, the same logic would conclude that Christians tend to be prone to murdering babies, homosexuals, promiscuous teenagers, et al.
All I'm trying to say is from the outside looking in, it's obvious to me neither Muslims nor Christians should have their faith held against them. I find both groups equally violent, right along with atheists, Mormons, etc. The simple fact is that they're a slice of the same world population. There's going to be violent wackos in every religion.
I'll refrain from further discussion on the topic here, but I'd be willing to discuss it in PM's if anyone is interested. My apologies for posting off-topic as far as I have.