The Koran and Violence
Our prevailing relativistic philosophy in America regarding religion is a rather naïve one. 
The average person on the street tends to assume all religions are basically alike. 
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Take the brutal beheading case of Paul Johnson, Jr. – 49-year-old Lockheed Martin
employee kidnapped by al-Qaida.  Islamic radicals openly state they are acting in the
name of their god, Allah – and in accordance with their holy book, the Koran.  Any
cursory reading of the Koran reveals full support of the kind of medieval butchery they
practice.  One quote of many will suffice:  “I, Allah, shall be with you.  Give courage to
the believers.  I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels.  Strike off their heads,
strike off the very tips of their fingers….” (Sura 8:12)  Lest someone say this quote is
taken out of context or is not indicative of treatment urged by the Koran toward infidels
(read non-Muslims), check out the Koran for yourself.
In the Bible you will not find this kind of savagery urged upon non-Christians.  In fact,
you will find just the opposite:  Jesus taught, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love
your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes his
sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
(Matthew 5:43-45)  Believe me, there is nothing like this in the Koran.  
Are there peace-loving, non-violent Muslims?  Of course there are.  But I must say they
are such not because of the Koran but in spite of it.  Christians, on the other hand, in their
fair treatment of non-Christians do so precisely because of biblical teaching.  Did you
ever wonder why Muslims are able to freely practice their religion in this country, but
Christians are prohibited from doing so in Muslim countries – and even persecuted?  It’s
the difference between the Koran and the Bible.
All religions are not the same – definitely not.