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The similarities and differences ofJudaism, Islam and Christianity

July 4, 2013

To the editor: When I watched on TV the Tsarnaev brothers walk through the Boston Marathon crowds, I thought of two other men of God that also walked through crowds in their day, Jonah of the Old......

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SomeSensePlease

Jul-04-13 12:56 AM

Is this supposed to make sense? What a weird disjointed rambling.

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merioncooper

Jul-04-13 1:46 AM

While agree that Christ offers salvation, almost unconditionally, I do not think it is valid to put the Tsarnaev brothers in the same conversation as Jonah or Christ. They were kids, and messed up ones at that. Hardly mature representatives of Islam. Along with many reputable and peace-advocating Muslim scholars, American pop culture has long included Muslims who have not used their platform to promote their religion but, instead, peace or harmony, if they talk faith or philosophy at all: Muhammad Ali, Casey Kasem, Shaquille O'Neal, and many more.

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merioncooper

Jul-04-13 1:57 AM

In short, and I am not sure Mr. French is attempting this, but if he is: use your Christian faith to tout its virtues, but why denigrate another faith along the way? Muslims may not believe in salvation through the cross, but the wide majority of them also do not believe in what the Tsarnaev brothers did. That would be like saying that most Christians believe in child rape because of the actions of pedophile Catholic priests, or the adulterous behavior of high-profile evangelical ministers means most Christians support adultery. Any of those kinds of generalizations are dishonest and damaging. Let's strive to live in global inter-faith harmony, and leave the sorting out to God in the afterlife. As Mr.French surely knows, Christ would have his followers be open to all, just as he is. Not bad advice.

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hartman75

Jul-04-13 3:00 PM

Well said Merion.

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liberal

Jul-06-13 12:55 AM

"Christ would have his followers be open to all, just as he is." - merioncooper

You simply don't get it. You're obviously intelligent, but the wisdom that God gives is missing in you. Jesus said. "I came to give you life, and give it abundantly." His command is to love God, period. Start there and the wisdom to understand the truth that the author of this letter has written.

Amen Layle, amen!

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WBL947

Jul-06-13 9:45 AM

On July 4 I walked through the crowds at Independence Park in Marshall. I saw people of many nationalities and heard several languages spoken. All of them celebrating our Independence and Freedom. Including freedom to believe as we choose. America is a place to respect all people. This is not accomplished by saying "my religion and beliefs are better than yours" which is what this letter implies.

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SELyonCo

Jul-08-13 12:55 PM

The title of the letter held promise. Unfortunately the content was nonsense that had nothing to do with the title. The similarities and differences are easily described, but few understand them. All three religions worship the God of Abraham, but only two of them believe Jesus is the direct creation of God and will return to the earth as the savior. Those two would be Christianity and Islam. Christians actually have more believes in common with Muslims than they do with Jews, but you wouldn't know it from the way the extremists in those two religions behave.

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rona45

Jul-09-13 8:33 AM

I haven't seen any Christian kids taking over airplanes and flying them into tall buildings. I also haven't seen them beheading other people.

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rangeral

Jul-09-13 11:04 AM

There are no Nobel prize winners in any category from the Muslim community.

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SELyonCo

Jul-09-13 1:55 PM

Rona, I'll spare you the list of atrocities committed by "Christians" during the Middle Ages & focus just on some highlights of the last 100 years: Over 10K Protestants killed by the IRA. Over 8K Mulsim Serbs killed by Bosnian Catholics. McVeigh & the OK City bombing. Multiple acts of violence against family planning centers, including 7 murders. Multiple acts of violence against Jewish properties. Yet another similarity between these religions is the ability of extremists to use it to justify violence.

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rangeral

Jul-09-13 2:01 PM

SEL - you appear to support religious violence.

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SELyonCo

Jul-09-13 2:11 PM

Al, during the Middle Ages Saracen doctors and scientists were highly sought after due to their advanced knowledge of medicine, surgery, mathematics, engineering, and physics. The crusaders viewed this “heathen” knowledge as dangerous, destroying the great library in Alexandria & murdering every Saracen doctor & scientist they could find, setting western civilization back several hundred years in the process. Egyptian doctors were performing brain surgery 1000’s of years before western doctors stopped bleeding people as a cure-all. Besides, your statement is wrong. There have been 10 Muslim Nobel Prize winners: 6 for Peace, 2 for Literature, & 2 for Science. You cannot judge a people by their race or religion. Every group has their bad apples. Islam had Al-Queda, we have the Westboro Babtist Church. Neither group is representing their religion well.

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SELyonCo

Jul-09-13 2:17 PM

Wow Al, when you're wrong, you're wrong in a big way! Organized religion is responsible for more violence in the history of the world than any other thing, and I detest people who use it as an excuse to hate. I support people actually following the teachings of their religion, which in the case of all three being discussed is to love each other.

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rangeral

Jul-09-13 3:36 PM

I don't think the Muslim teachings are to co-exist with other religions but rather to subject them or eliminate them.

I can only relate to what I see in my lifetime, not what happened eons ago.

History is the retelling of mistakes made in the past and repeated in the future, obviously not by the same exact people.

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SELyonCo

Jul-09-13 7:22 PM

I didn't say anything about these religions advocating co-existence; I said they advocate loving one another. Unfortunately there are many who interpret that to mean that if they truly love their neighbor then they must convert them to the correct religion to save their soul. There are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. If extremism in the Muslim world was as wide-spread as you and Rona suggest we'd be in real trouble. The problem is that the 100's of millions of peaceful, loving Muslims don't make the news, just the few thousand wackos who've decided to use religion as an excuse for hatred.

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rangeral

Jul-09-13 11:11 PM

Iran, Iraq, the Taliban, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other "stans". Well over a few thousand.

SEL -cut back on the recreational drugs. You are too mellow.

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allenlyon

Jul-10-13 3:37 PM

It seems there a need for this newspaper to have a section just dedicated to "my god is better than your god" or "religious haters" debates. Either that, or simply leave the religion babbling out of opinions or require they pay advertising fees.

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rangeral

Jul-10-13 9:12 PM

allen - you should just worry about your own comments and conduct.

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SELyonCo

Jul-11-13 8:03 AM

Yes, Al, clearly I must be on drugs because I don't support your paranoid notion that everyone living in the countries you mentioned are terrorists. You know who else labels people by their country of origin? Islamic extremists, who try to convince everyone that all Americans are evil. Your points simply underscore the fact that your way of thinking has a lot in common with the extremists.

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rangeral

Jul-11-13 10:21 AM

I don't stand by while my country is being attacked - and then belittled by the politically correct crowd, which of course would include you, SEL.

As someone who has never served this country or given up a loved who did so is the height of hypocrisy. Look in the mirror - that is you.

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SELyonCo

Jul-11-13 2:09 PM

Al, you seem to delight in making erroneous assumptions. I proudly served my country in the armed forces and would not hesitate to take up arms again defend her. My issue with you is that you assume wrongly that the actions of a few criminals constitutes an attack by everyone who shares the same nationality or religion. What you fail to understand is that you are saying exactly the same thing they do to justify their actions. "We've been attacked; I'm just defending myself". While you may never commit a direct act of violence, your ideas could inspire others to do so. In that way you are no different than a radical cleric preaching jihad.

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rangeral

Jul-11-13 8:55 PM

SEL - never said what you are saying I said - you are getting to sound like hartman.

If you want to lay down your life without defending yourself, family and friends or fellow Americans, then do so. Just stop the politically correct ********.

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SELyonCo

Jul-12-13 8:24 AM

Amazing, Al, that you can't even keep track of what you've said. No wonder hardly anyone agrees with your posts.

In response to my assertion that the extremists amount to a few thousand out of millions you said "Iran, Iraq, the Taliban, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other 'stans'. Well over a few thousand."

In response to my post that your statement was paranoid, you replied "I don't stand by while my country is being attacked..." and went on to say "As someone who has never served this country or given up a loved who did so is the height of hypocrisy. Look in the mirror - that is you"

So tell me, which part didn't you say? That everyone in Muslim countries are extremists? That we've been attacked by them & that justifies your "defense"? Or that I'm a hypocrite who never served in the military or lost someone who did?

You call me politically correct; maybe, but at least I'm correct. What's your excuse?

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rangeral

Jul-12-13 1:46 PM

SEL - there are many thousand extremists in Egypt alone and they call themselves the Muslim Brotherhood. Are you taking a trip to see the sites? No? No one else is either.

But you could take the trip, explain how politically correct you are and I'm sure you would be welcomed with open arms.

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rangeral

Jul-14-13 10:34 PM

Even though we are now in Ramadan, hundreds of Muslims are being killed due to violence between Sunnis and Shiites, and thousands more injured - and this is just one week! If they treat each other this way how do they treat Christians and Jews?

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