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  1. The Old Testament has some verses which describe some violent historical things that happened several thousand years ago. But if you understand the context it is strictly a historical record, not an instruction for how anyone is to act today. The Quran on the other hand has over 109 verses which exhort followers to violence and the context in most cases could lead one to believe it is instruction for followers today. The interpretation of the verses is left to individual preferences as context in many cases is non-existent. The difference between the Old Testament and the Quran in this respect is the context in which such verses are written. Many people try to undermine the Old Testament by pulling verses out and claiming they prove that they teach violence. This is completely incorrect. It's context that matters. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx
  2. The peculiar thing about the London terrorist attack is the media are still talking as if they don't know the motive. The CBC is great at obfuscation of the cause. In this case the terrorist had a record of some crime but was not on the immediate radar. This is similar to other attacks where the terrorist has had run-ins with the law and sometimes a criminal record. Some commentators have said the lone wolf attacker sometimes is a deeply troubled individual who has become radicalized. He adopts the belief that his only salvation so-to-speak from his miserable life is to commit an act of terrorism and die in the process. He believes (wrongly) that this will appease Allah and take him to heaven where he will receive 72 virgins. The question is how does society counter this false belief? I believe the best anti-dote to this false belief is the bible. But if you are not a christian, you would not believe the bible. The Bible counters it because it proves itself as being God's inspired word and therefore is the only ground and source for truth. The many miracles in the bible are just one of the proofs it is from God. One example is the miraculous deliverance of Israel from captivity in Egypt and the various miracles recorded in the bible as associated with that deliverance.
  3. The subject is the terrorist attack in London. Everything we are talking about is directly related. Why do we need another thread? Sorry for calling you a denier. Didn't mean to offend.
  4. What does "home grown" have to do with anything? He is still a jihad terrorist, correct?
  5. First, the number of terrorist attacks against Muslims is infinitely small compared with the number of jihad terrorist attacks in the world. Second, people who commit a terrorist act are not "christian" by biblical definition. I see you are a denier that jihad terrorism is connected with Islam. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx
  6. What part of the world do you live? Are you trying to say jihad terrorism is caused by the west? Hundreds of people, including Muslims, are killed by jihad attacks every week. You think they are doing it because of US foreign policy? Come on! Did you read the link? http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx
  7. How about after he serves his sentence in Canada, then revoke his Canadian citizenship and send him back to his other country.
  8. The best way to know what you're talking about is to read the Quran itself. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx
  9. That's true. More accurately it is a religious ideology because it demands that Sharia rules as government and all must submit to it.
  10. The question is Why Trump won. It's a tough question, but I think there was deep dissatisfaction with Clinton, Obama and his administration. Trump came in as a kind of renegade opposed to the establishment. He was going to drain the swamp in Washington. A lot of people who have lost their jobs or have seen their standard of living go down over the years became suspicious of the democrats and the mainstream media. There is a lot of distrust of established politicians who make lots of promises but never seem to change much. I think many people decided to give Trump a chance thinking he might actually go in and shake things up a bit and accomplish something.
  11. I don't claim to be an expert on anything, least of all Libya. I would have to look into it. If you're adamant about believing that Saudi Arabia is funding ISIS and Al Qaeda, there is not much I can say to you about it. Egypt had been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood which is a terrorist organization. The U.S. didn't overthrow it. The Egyptian military took over. I never heard that drones kill thousands of people. I don't think that is true. They serve a purpose. I never said every single thing that happened was to fight terrorism. Terrorism is a real threat in the world today, whether you believe it or not. You seem to have some very strange beliefs. I think you will not believe anything I tell you. I may start another thread in which we can discuss some of these things. We might be chastised for straying too far from the topic here, so I will let it rest for now.
  12. I didn't say every single thing that happened was something I agreed with or that it was a good thing. We live in an imperfect world and not everything that happens can be approved of. -The U.S. invasion of Iraq was based on a report that Sadam has weapons of mass destruction and might use them. I can't recall what I thought about it at the time. I think I may have agreed with the U.S. Many think now it was a mistake to go into Iraq. -Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE are I believe allies of the U.S. They are not funding ISIS and Al Qaeda. Not sure where you got that. -Libya had Khadafi who I think was causing the west a lot of trouble. Wasn't he killing a lot of people in his own country? They decided he had to be removed. I think there are still a lot of problem with Libya. Those countries are very unstable and have internal civil wars and revolutions periodically. -Egypt has been an ally of the U.S. for many years. The U.S. supplies a lot of money or military aid for Egypt in order to keep them as allies. It is better to have Egypt and Saudi Arabia as allies than opponents. That is why the U.S. gives them money and military assistance. -Drones are used by the U.S. to go after high-ranking Al Qaeda leaders. They have been successful. It is a major part of the war on terrorism.
  13. Sounds like you've been reading socialist/marxist propaganda. Those are the exact words they often use. I take it you are a young idealist. I read the odd book with those phrases when I was young. Thankfully I eventually woke up to reality about 40 years ago. Sometimes it takes time.
  14. He has had a significant impact. The stock market jumped up quite a bit signifying confidence the direction the U.S. is heading. The proper answer is confidence. It makes a big difference to everything.
  15. What part of the world do you live in? It sounds like you might be opposed to the west's war on terrorism in the world. What's your solution?
  16. They might be. Our soldiers in Afghanistan were fighting terrorists as well as trying to build a better life for women and children (schools) for example.
  17. Revoking citizenship of a convicted terrorist who holds dual citizenship would send a message to other would-be terrorists in the country. Keeping someone in prison in Canada is very costly. If we have a simple way of avoiding that expense that might be over 100,000 dollars a year, it might be worth doing. Many countries in the ME and Africa have so many terrorists that one more wouldn't make any difference.
  18. I don't see sending soldiers as globalism. I see globalism as a country being controlled by some international group or political power. Soldiers are sent to defend other people from terrorism or aggression.
  19. I wouldn't say so. Older, yes. But richer? How do you define richer? Canada's and U.S.'s culture was taken with them when they came to the new world don't forget. We have the best of both the old world and the new world. We have the culture of Europe if you want to call it that or for lack of a better word, and we have the beauty, wealth, geography of the new world. We are better off than Europeans in so many ways.
  20. The inherent weakness in giving special privileges to the Catholic schools in some provinces is that some other religion will make the same demands where their numbers are sufficient. We need to find a way to change that. No religion should receive special privileges. I would rather religion be banned from being taught in public school. People who want religion taught, can send their kids to private religious schools. We could have a voucher system for everyone.
  21. I don't think Trump is going to want to change NAFTA with Canada much. His concern is with the thousands of jobs that have gone to Mexico and China.
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