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“Perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith… their faith.” This is true of adherents to Islam. But it is State religion that has performed the atrocities in the name of Christianity that Obama highlights from centuries gone by. That is why our Founders separated Church and State.
Our earliest settlers in the New World were people of Christian Faith and moral conscience, who were fleeing oppressive state-sponsored religion, the same entity that performed the Crusades and the Inquisition. They did not depart from their religion to do so, they showed a greater adherence than the government that had hijacked their religion and used it to excuse their own desire for conquest.
Islam, on the other hand, has only been “peaceful” under the regimes of secular governments (Joel Rosenberg’s “reformers,” or those leaders who have sought democracy), while left in the hands of the Muslim “church,” Islam produces jihad and destruction. In either case, religion in the hands of the government gets perverted. Left in the hands of true believers, Christianity has done the greatest good the world has ever known, and Islam has committed the greatest atrocities.
Ironically, due to past atrocities in the name of Christianity, and our Founders committment to no state-sponsored religion, Christianity has attained its proper place in creating the ideal citizen, not the ideal government. The highest aspiration of Islam is to create a caliphate, a perfect Islamic government, the reign of which is represented in the present atrocities its followers are inflicting.
The heart of a religion’s message should be judged by its scripture and its adherents. So compare Christian vs. Muslim, the Bible vs. the Qur’an, and let the moral equivalence stop.