Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. Why do you see the speck4 in your brother`s eye, but fail to see  the beam of wood  in your own? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me remove the speck from your eye,` while there is a beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother`s eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7 v 1 – 6

everywhere i go online, there is someone whinging or making blanket statements about Islam and how inhuman a religion it is. Christianity is no bed of roses either, from the original Crusades against the same Muslims to the massacre of the new world peoples, to slavery. i could go on.

Islam is a war-like religion? and Christianity is not. the soldiers at Abu Gharib, weren`t they Christians too? Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, George W. Bush all good Christians right? all peace loving and abiding by the basic principle of Christianity right?

wrong.

the basic principle of Christianity is LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

everyone seems to have forgotten about turning the other cheek.

it`s not easy to do, is it?

particularly in light of how many lives were lost. but invading Iraq and carpeting bombing the hell out of Afghanistan in the name of retaliation for September 11 isn`t going to make it any better and rest assured; maybe not today or tomorrow, or next week or next year or during this administration or the next; someone else is going to feel wronged by US foreign policy and decide that America must pay and make September 11  look like a cake walk.

anything done to extremes is bad. Islamic fundamentalist and Christian fundamentalist are part of the same evil that has corrupted a good idea with bad dogma. no religion has the market cornered on what is right; no matter what you`d like to believe; and the reason for that is simple; we`re human and we are imperfect. there will never be a perfect society or a perfect religion and if we want to continue to survive we need to realise we`re all flawed.

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