Originally Posted by Couchwarrior
I think the three Semitic world religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) are quite similar actually.
I guess the reason why societies today with a christian majorty generally are more liberal than muslim countries is that christianity have had a bit more time to mature (or is it ok to say "fade away"?). Islam was founded in the 7th century, and when christianity was only 1400 years old, all western countries were fuc ked up more than imaginable.
And all the jihad talk today is not much more than talk, as opposed to the crusades back then that, although glorified i fiction, were nothing else than people inciting each other to go away killing as many people as possible who were different from them.
It doesn't matter if the prophets says "turn the other cheek". If there's religion, violence will find a way.
You are assuming that all three religions (because they essentially share the same God) teach the same set of values and spread the word in the same manner but you would be wrong in assuming so.
The ďageĒ of a religion does not determine its teachings or itís core values (cannon).
Mohamed, Allahís messenger was far from peaceful and spread the word of Islam (submission) through extreme violence. The early Muslim conquests are among the most violent in world history and pre date the Christian Crusades by several hundred years (in part a response to Islamic invasions into once Christian lands).
As for Jihad being not much more than talk I donít think you have a very accurate world view. The Islamic extremists are reported to account for only 10% of the Muslim population but there are 1.3 Billion Muslims world wide which means that 130 million Muslims embrace the violent interpretation of Jihad.
The Jihadists are seeking to reverse what they conceive to be the demise of the Islamic state at the hands of the non-Muslims which began in the late Middle Ages and to establish Islamic hegemony over the world through conquest (Fatah). They attribute their defeat to having strayed from the purist rendition of Islamic ideology that they believe existed at the peak of Islamic conquest. Thus the remedy, in their eyes, is a return to the puristic, albeit, intolerant Islam.
The objectives of the Jihadists can thus be summarized into 3 steps:
1. Liberation (Tahrir) of all land that fell at any time to Islamic conquest and which was at one time included in the Caliphate but which have since reverted back to the control of its non-Muslims inhabitants. These territories include, Kashmir, Chechnya, Spain , ISRAEL, Bosnia and all territory that was ever under the dominion of Islam throughout history.
2. Unification (Tawheed): The dismantling of all the Greater Middle East Arab nation state entities and borders and the unification of that territory under one common Islamic superstate.
3. Re-establishment of the Caliphate Khilafa and resumption of the external Jihad of conquest (Fatah) against the non-muslim world Dar al-Harb. `