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My Koran

This is my Koran. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Koran.jpg

I purchased it last week. I paid for it with the money I earned by my labor. I bought it from a secular book store, in cash.

This book is considered holy by a large number of people. A large number of those people believe that we all should hold that view, upon pain of death. And a large number of those people have demonstrated, repeatedly, that they are more than willing to kill those who do not revere their book.

This is not their book. It is mine. I have the receipt.

I bought it for several reasons.

The first is, as I said, this book is the reason a lot of people around the world want to kill -- and regularly do kill -- unbelievers like me. It tells them to do so, and they consider it the world of God, so it's not exactly optional.

So I want to read it. I want to see if I can get a grasp on what it says, what it means. I understand that it is an English translation, and the only "true" Koran is written in Arabic, but I don't speak Arabic. This is as close as I'm going to get.

I might do other things with my book than read it. I might decide to decorate it and share my creative efforts here.

I will not be doing this out of hate. I will be doing this to celebrate that I am an American.

As an American, I have every legal right to do whatever I wish with my property. The Constitution guarantees my right to speak as I wish. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, which includes the right to be free of religion.

In the United States, blasphemy is a legally meaningless word. It literally has no place in our courts. Should an American choose to violate the tenets of any religion, even Islam, then the government simply shouldn't care. It has no right to enforce the laws of Islam or any other faith against American citizens -- or even non-citizens within its jurisdiction.

As an American, as a non-Muslim, the laws and tenets of that faith hold only an intellectual curiosity in me. I have no obligation to honor or respect or abide by them. They are as utterly meaningless to me as the rules of etiquette in Thailand or the latest fashions in Lesotho or the price of cosmetics in Helsinki.

Should I choose to deliberately and consciously violate Islamic law, it should mean absolutely nothing to anyone. I owe no allegiance to that faith. My nation has never acknowledged Islamic law and recognized it as binding on our soil.

This is my Koran. I intend to read it, and try to understand it. I may also do other things with it.

And yes, there will be pictures.


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Comments (69)

Will there be t-shirts?... (Below threshold)
tomg51:

Will there be t-shirts?

I say that because a once s... (Below threshold)
tomg51:

I say that because a once saw an average young man waiting for a food order sporting a t-shirt embazoned with "I am the Anti-Christ". I almost let out some sound, but I don't know what it would have been. It would not have been fear.
I then decided not to say anything, figuring he would have plenty of opportunities to learn what others thought.

CafePress is ready when you... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

CafePress is ready when you are, Jay Tea!

I especially like your litt... (Below threshold)

I especially like your little yellow Prophet Muhammad sitting by the Koran.

Hope ya got it at a very di... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hope ya got it at a very discounted price.

Stand by for attention whor... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Stand by for attention whoring.

You asked back in 2006, and... (Below threshold)

You asked back in 2006, and I have quoted you and commented on the concept many times:

Do we have the right to not obey Islamic law?

Yes. Yes, we do. But only if we exercise the right. If we don't, we'll lose it.

What happened to the duck's... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

What happened to the duck's bomb vest?

the Constitution does not g... (Below threshold)
Idahoser:

the Constitution does not guarantee a GAT-DAM thing. It was the founding document that was used by the constitutional republic that populated this continent for almost a hundred years in the 18th century.

No really, that piece of paper will do absolutely nothing if people do not believe in and act on what is said on that piece of paper, and we have abandoned all but the pretense.

That's right galoob it's wa... (Below threshold)
John:

That's right galoob it's way past time attention was brought to the double standard. Do you have the same problem every time some dip shit "artist" mocks Christ, or the virgin Mary?

Poor little ducky looks tra... (Below threshold)
914:

Poor little ducky looks traumatized.

"Translated by J.M. Rodwell"

Thats easy. Kill all infidels. Could have saved a 100 trees. Oh well, you can always use for toilet paper in a bind ducky.

Hey, the Book of Mormon is ... (Below threshold)
mojo:

Hey, the Book of Mormon is just as loopy, and not nearly as violent. Just sayin'...

That's right galoob it's... (Below threshold)
galoob:

That's right galoob it's way past time attention was brought to the double standard. Do you have the same problem every time some dip shit "artist" mocks Christ, or the virgin Mary?

Yeah, it's the same type of trite attention whoring as "Piss Christ," for sure. I suppose the difference is that JT's attention whoring is in opposition to US counterinsurgency and diplomacy efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, etc. To the extent that the US can get anything done in any of those places (not much), it's not helpful.

But by all means, JT and the "Piss Christ" guy have a First Amendment right to attention whore. I doubt JT will get enough attention through this site to cause riots in Kabul and get people killed. He'll mostly just attract like-minded dolts to a geek show.

Does he play this <a href="... (Below threshold)

Does he play this song when you squeeze his belly?

Next picture: Have the Kora... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Next picture: Have the Koran surrounded by pigs* if you really want to cause a ruckus.

*Haraam.

Actually, reading the Koran... (Below threshold)
Jerry Chandler:

Actually, reading the Koran is not going to help you truly understand the modern extremists. While they cite the Koran as their holy book; the real inspiration for their beliefs and the way they view what the Koran says comes from reading the interpretations of the Koran as laid out by Sayyid Qutb in his book In the Shadow of the Koran. (Or "Quran" depending on the publisher.)

That's where the modern extremists have taken their twisted view of their religion from. His writings, particularly this book, where in large part the foundations for al Qaeda's belief system and he was an inspiration to OBL. It's actually rather interesting seeing the stark contrast in some of the original passages VS what he says they actually mean.

Jay Tea,Are you taki... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

Jay Tea,
Are you taking requests?

Jay,While I agree ... (Below threshold)
Ashmadia:

Jay,

While I agree with you, and would like to decorate a Koran myself, please try to remember who you'd be pissing off. As a long time follower, but rare commenter, I know your personal information is out there. Some psycho may not like your decorations (especially if they have anything to do with the prior-mentioned bacon) and try to take it out on you personally. I guess I'm saying I approve, but be careful =)

Galoob,A Du... (Below threshold)
914:

Galoob,


A Ducky sits their silently while you make an ass of yourself. Looks like you are the one trying to incite a reaction among the heathen barbarians.

galoob the religion of peac... (Below threshold)
John:

galoob the religion of peace needs to have more opportunities to react to this sort of thing in a more reasonable fashion. It's fine to be upset, it's fine to protest, it's not fine to threaten and distroy things or worse. One of these times they may react in a more appropriate way and we can all stand up and cheer the progress.

The difference between Piss... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The difference between Piss Christ and JT's stand is the first was done with taxpayer money and as JT said, he paid for the Koran thus it is his to do as he pleases. For you liberals, when you pay for something yourself, you take your money out of YOUR wallet and purchase it. I know you lefties are used to demanding people give you things but I want galoob to understand the difference between public funds (which I am sure he has his hand in) and money earned by personal labor. ww

What is the moral of the st... (Below threshold)
914:

What is the moral of the story Jay? How does this book end on last pages? Just curious as I have never seen one of these before.

To paraphrase: "Where's th... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

To paraphrase: "Where's the Bacon?"

Does it fit down the toilet? I think we need experimental evidence in that direction as well.

Does it come with illustrations of Mohommad?

Does it come with instructi... (Below threshold)
914:

Does it come with instructions on how to assemble suicide belts? Or what to do when you arrive in paradise and none of the 72 are left for you?

Forget I asked. I guess the... (Below threshold)
914:

Forget I asked. I guess they pretend its Tora Bora and screw their toga buddy.

The title of this post made... (Below threshold)

The title of this post made me do it:

My, my my, My, my Koran My, my my, My, my Koran My, my my, My, my Koran It's got me lockin' and a-loadin' Gonna be explodin' My Koran
Grrrr.Once more, w... (Below threshold)

Grrrr.

Once more, with line breaks:

My, my my,
My, my Koran
My, my my,
My, my Koran
My, my my,
My, my Koran
It's got me lockin' and a-loadin'
Gonna be explodin'
My Koran
I just left a huge galoob i... (Below threshold)
G.:

I just left a huge galoob in the toilet.

Mr. Tea, while you're under... (Below threshold)
Walter Cronanty:

Mr. Tea, while you're undertaking your study of the Koran, could you double check the part, as interpreted by Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Badi', who accused the Arab and Muslim regimes of avoiding confrontation with the Muslims' real enemies - the Zionist entity and the U.S. - and of disregarding Allah's commandment to wage jihad against the infidels. He also said that it that the US is immoral and therefore doomed to collapse, and that it is "experiencing the beginning of its end and is heading towards its demise."
While you're at it, take a look at the parts he cites when exhorting his followers to have faith in the Koranic promise that Allah would deliver the infidels into their hands, even if they are weak at the moment.
"Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on America; Will America Notice?"
http://www.gloria-center.org/gloria/2010/10/muslim-brotherhood-declares-war-on-america
and cites therein.

I have the koran in PDF for... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

I have the koran in PDF format. I can print out the hateful violence inciting sections anytime I want and do with them anything I want, as often as I want.

September 11th is just one anniversary where certain pages are printed, burned, and then the ashes urinated upon for safety sake and my pleasure.

My biggest problem with "Pi... (Below threshold)
Dawnsblood:

My biggest problem with "Piss Christ" was the fact that the creator received $15k for the piece (some from the NEA).

I guess we will know we live in a free country when the Government is willing to pay Jay to deface the Koran so long as he calls it art... right?

Jay,I have used my... (Below threshold)
Johnson:

Jay,

I have used my koran as an emergency tiolet paper supply for wiping my ass after taking a galoob. Not recommended, its a little rough.

My biggest problem with ... (Below threshold)
galoob:

My biggest problem with "Piss Christ" was the fact that the creator received $15k for the piece (some from the NEA).

I guess we will know we live in a free country when the Government is willing to pay Jay to deface the Koran so long as he calls it art... right?

I would prefer the freedom of not having my tax dollars to pay for either, and the general aesthetic sense and taste to avoid such trite attention whoring stunts.

I guess we will... (Below threshold)
I guess we will know we live in a free country when
When I as a taxpayer am not required to subsidize people who think dropping religious symbols in a jar of urine is something I should be subsidizing.

On the other hand, smearing a huge wad of galoob all over a copy of the Koran? I'd be happy to subsidize that.

Voluntarily.

By choice, not force.

Galube-"I would... (Below threshold)
914:

Galube-

"I would prefer the freedom of not having my tax dollars to pay for either, and the general aesthetic sense and taste to avoid such trite attention whoring stunts."


We'll remember that the next time someone gives a shit.

Just a few quick answers:</... (Below threshold)

Just a few quick answers:

I'll have to talk to Kevin about CafePress possibilities.

I might be amenable to requests -- after I indulge my own inspirations.

I would not accept any government funding for any "artwork" I create. This is purely private enterprise and my own ideas.

I am not that concerned about any consequences. I've said for years that I'm a nobody from nowhere with a nothing job and no life. Threats mean very little to me.

J.

Remember two things while y... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Remember two things while you master it in English.....(a), it isn't read...it is sung...and that is what makes it so totally irresistable to it's votaries...just like knowing absolutely that Sarah Brightman decended from Paradise to give us videos of her singing 'Phantom', and who would deny that! Additionally; do keep a few cold ones at your side Jay because on just about every second page is a loving god busying himself refanning the coals of an eternally cooling off Lake of Fire, which sounds enchanting as originally scored....and (b), it isn't Koran, it's Qu'ran just like for Vlad Barackula it's not Kenya, it's Qu'enya.

In my opinion, a slice of r... (Below threshold)
pgg:

In my opinion, a slice of raw bacon makes an excellent bookmark.

I own a very beautiful and ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I own a very beautiful and expensive hardback edition of The Koran that a disaster recovery company, Servpro threw in a dropbox and treated like common garbage after a Summer house fire, but I found it and rescued it along with a number of beautiful hard back Christian and Jewish religious books that I own that were thrown in the garbage by Servpro workers as well.

This Servpro company also smashed a beautiful Julius Caesar bust I own with a hammer, as well as a giant scale Royal Doulton dog worth about $1200. They opened the lid to my computer's scanner unit, smashed the screen with a hammer, then closed the lid, and stole my mail as well as my mother's jewelry. They had my brother arrested and put in jail when he called them to complain about their terrible and wholly unprofessional service.

...and once again Paul find... (Below threshold)

...and once again Paul finds a way to make the subject all about himself.

I had no idea I was writing this piece purely to give Paul yet another chance to talk about himself, but damn if I didn't...

J.

it isn't read...it... (Below threshold)
it isn't read...it is sung...
A musical... just like The Rocky Horror Picture Show
So adding some potential li... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So adding some potential libel risk to Kevin's blog, eh, Hooson? Class act that you are... assuming this is the real Hooson, not a well written bot.

It has been nice reading yo... (Below threshold)
mathman:

It has been nice reading your contributions, Jay Tee.
This is the end of your career as a commenter.
A fatwa will soon come forth, and whoever ends your life will achieve Islamic Martyrdom, getting the 72 Houris and 28 Young Boys, in order to fulfill the 100-person manhood with which he will be endowed. (No women are eligible for this benefit; Islam is gender-specific)
I am sorry to see you go, as your posts have been informative as well as well-written.
The problem does not exist in the Koran alone; the difficulty resides with the Hadith (the interpretation of the Koran and the recorded sayings of the Prophet, as written (?) by his earliest hearers).
There is also the minor difficulty with the inerrancy of a document which records the Voice of God speaking to a man who was not able to write. How was he able to exactly remember what God (or God's angel) said to him? Questions about this issue are strictly prohibited.
And how can we be sure that his amanuenses wrote it down correctly (in Arabic, to be sure)?
By the way, there is no Islam. There are as many Islams are there are Imams.
You could look it up.

#39 Yeah Paul, but... (Below threshold)
914:

#39

Yeah Paul, but did your sales increase at the store?

"Hey, the Book of Mormon is... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Hey, the Book of Mormon is just as loopy, and not nearly as violent. Just sayin'...

12. Posted by mojo"

Last time I looked the Book of Mormon didn't tell its adherents to lie to or kill the infidels that did not subjugate themselves. Or that anyone who was not a Mormon was a second class citizen that could be killed when no longer useful.

Yeah, get back to me when there IS another religion that has those specifications in its tenants.

On a lighter moment I DO hope bacon is going to be involved, LOTS of bacon.

I swear that ducky is the s... (Below threshold)
bostinks2:

I swear that ducky is the splitting image of mohammed.

God, you and the manly Mr T... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

God, you and the manly Mr Texbob are SO brave, Mr Tea.

It takes real guts on your part to pseudonymously threaten to to something unspecified (but, one assumes, "blasphemous") to a Koran. Your passive-aggressive crusade is just so thrilling.

Or will be, whenever you screw up the courage to go ahead with your little stunt.

And, what can one say about the Marlboro Man, Mr Texbob? This is the second time I've seen him claim, under an alias, that he has burned a Koran and pissed on the ashes. The fact that no one has seen him do it and that it's a pretty silly thing to do privately doesn't make a difference - this dude has the courage of his anonymous convictions!

But, hey, remind us again what you called that pastor in FL when he was threatening to burn Korans? Was it "nutjob" or "nutcase"? Or was it "attention whore?"

While I understand what you... (Below threshold)
cathymv:

While I understand what you are doing and the reason behind it... sadly there are so many others that do not understand, do not care to understand, and willfully ignore understanding... and lash out.. I will be surprised if this does not go viral... and the hate will begin.

galoob"I would prefe... (Below threshold)
John:

galoob
"I would prefer the freedom of not having my tax dollars to pay for either, and the general aesthetic sense and taste to avoid such trite attention whoring stunts."

If this is true why do you vote for democrats?

For your consideration:... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

For your consideration:

Let's compare Mr. Ducky (above) and the Dashboard Mohammed:
http://www.daliracing.com/v666-5/catalog/x-images/dashboard-mohammed.image.jpg

The resemblance is startling...

Stand by for attention w... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Stand by for attention whoring.

6. Posted by galoob

The irony, it burns.

And now it's time to play "... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

And now it's time to play "Count the first-person pronouns" with Paul H.:

i>I own a very beautiful and expensive hardback edition of The Koran that a disaster recovery company, Servpro threw in a dropbox and treated like common garbage after a Summer house fire, but I found it and rescued it along with a number of beautiful hard back Christian and Jewish religious books that I own that were thrown in the garbage by Servpro workers as well.

This Servpro company also smashed a beautiful Julius Caesar bust I own with a hammer, as well as a giant scale Royal Doulton dog worth about $1200. They opened the lid to my computer's scanner unit, smashed the screen with a hammer, then closed the lid, and stole my mail as well as my mother's jewelry. They had my brother arrested and put in jail when he called them to complain about their terrible and wholly unprofessional service.

Great, joy...so, what does this have to do with...anything?

We support you, Jay Tea.</p... (Below threshold)

We support you, Jay Tea.

There are many issues in America for which the church has the answer and believes strongly in. We need to stand up and return to those: The issues of abortion, same sex marriage and Islam. It is time for the church once again to stand up and have a voice!

http://www.standupamericanow.org/


#43 has me confused here, d... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

#43 has me confused here, did he say a dead islamic martyr gets 72 hours to have sex with 28 boys to prove his manhood?
Also why did some women in menses have to write it down?

JT, I have the greatest respect for ducks (especially at Christmas or New Years) so I certainly you will not involve him in any disgusting activities.

Olsoljer, don't worry. Mr. ... (Below threshold)

Olsoljer, don't worry. Mr. Duckie was there purely for verification purposes -- to show that the book was really mine.

Which is a large reason why I use him in so many of my photos...

But no, I'm not planning on him featuring in future Koran pictures -- the first set of which debuts at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

J.

.... 914 wants to know does... (Below threshold)

.... 914 wants to know does it come with instructions on how to assemble homicide belts and what to do when you arrive in "paradise" and none of the 72 are left ....

Take it (from one who's made several hundred trips, world-wide - in out and around all of Asian and African Islamistan and spent an aggregate ten or so years in North Africa, the Gulf and Arabia) -- that never happens and/or at least will not present a problem. Arab and Persian Muhumudhims are a shirt-lifting, mattress-munching, turd-burgling sister, goat and little-boy buggering bunch and, if all else fails, will quite cheerfully make do with one another.

Meanwhile, Mr Tea, go for broke - I've got your sixes!

I've said for years that... (Below threshold)
galoob:

I've said for years that I'm a nobody from nowhere with a nothing job and no life.

I'd feel more sorry for you, if you weren't so determined to create hate and discontent. But, step away from the ledge, call the Samaritans. There is meaning in every life and there is no such thing as a "nothing" job, all labor has dignity.

future Koran pictures -- the first set of which debuts at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Well? The world is waiting. Or not.

You might even get a link from AtlasShrugs or some similar nutbar, if that is what will give your life meaning.

Dear Jay,I really ... (Below threshold)
A US Musilm:

Dear Jay,

I really like your post and the idea that you want to read Quran yourself and see what in the world it says?

You will be surprised to know that a majority of non-Arabic speaking Muslims 'Read' the Quran, but don't 'Understand' it because of language barrier.

That is why I wish everyone takes a step like you and buys a copy (be it a translation) and reads the whole book.

Now remember, it is the word of God so I suggest you respect it and treat it nicely; but if you decide to do otherwise, it wont' bother me as a Muslim at all because I would know that you gave the book a fair chance by reading it from cover to cover.

One thing you should know about Quran is that it is not in chronological order. So you will have to read the whole book to fully understand everything.

Also context of the versus is extremely important, because as an example 'Kill the infidel' does not apply today! It applied only to the time (when there was a war going on) when the verse was revealed.

I am curious about your experience, so keep us posted on your progress and your findings.

Regards,

A US Muslim!

What would happen if you to... (Below threshold)
Lord Whorfin:

What would happen if you took a picture of the Koran, using an electronic camera, and then deleted the picture??

# 59 Lord Whorfin...... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

# 59 Lord Whorfin......Your Grace.......Subtle, succinct and a very considerable dilemma for Muslims..bloody well done your Lordship.

Hello Jay. I actually had a... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Hello Jay. I actually had a real funny punchline at the end of my comment naming Al Qaeda I deleted from the comment. You actually would have laughed big time at that. But, I'm in the process of litigation with the disaster company that treated my copy of Koran like common trash, so my comic comment wouldn't have been very appropriate.

I somehow inferred from your feature that you might even want to disrespect your own copy of the Koran someday if the whim strikes you. But, my own opinion is that every holy book is worthy of being treated with respect. That's why I was so disappointed by the Servpro treatment of a number of religious books I owned. I hold all holy books in high reverence.

My view is that everyone understands God in different ways, and finds different paths to God. Every holy book is a part of that spiritual quest, understood by different cultures.

# 58 US Muslim......unexp... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

# 58 US Muslim......unexpectedly fair and rational....keep this up and I shall have to admit that my bitter disappointment with your religion which has been 'acting up' so dangerously since 'Yasser's Olympics Assault in Muenich, can be modified a little. But, let's be honest...."I doubt that you have third world cultural origins. I suspect that your rationality was a carry-over from your conversion...or?".

#62.. Gaius, it is not my '... (Below threshold)
A US Musilm:

#62.. Gaius, it is not my 'religion' that has been 'acting up', it is the 'followers' who have been 'acting up' lately!

If someone understands Islam the way it is supposed to be understood, they will not dare harm a bird let alone a human being.

I have no shame in admitting that our (Muslim's) demise is due to the lack of education and over-relying on third parties (Imams) for religious information rather than making an effort ourselves (like Jay) to understand what God and His Prophet (Muhammad Peace be upon him) are saying to us directly!

On the same note, moderate Muslims like myself are trying to bring a change to the Muslim world by educating one person at a time. It will take some years, lets pray and hope it works.

Btw... I have third world cultural origin and am a born Muslim... 'Rationality' does not belong to 'Converts' only :-)

US Muslim, you and your fel... (Below threshold)

US Muslim, you and your fellow moderates need to speak up more, and louder. What (besides what Jay Tea is doing) can we do to help?

Jay Tea,I looked u... (Below threshold)
A US Musilm:

Jay Tea,

I looked up the translation by J. M. Rodwell (the one you have purchased). This translation is from 1861 and is not considered authentic translation. According to reviews, it is quite inaccurate!

I'd suggest you get a modern translation before you start your reading. The one I'd recommend is by M. H. Shakir. Online version is available at: http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/translations/shakir/001.htm

If you want, I can even get one shipped to you directly.

#63 US Muslim...a bit late ... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

#63 US Muslim...a bit late returning to this. I hope you are still tuning-in. God Bless you my Son. You impress me and at the same time, you shame me. I read into your few lines the mind of not a, 'moderate muslim', but the soul of a good man. US M, it is well within the range of my personality to be decidedly hard-nosed and you, with only a few words, disarm my all too, 'in range', well of anger at those muslims who 'act up'. And, all too immodestly, I can then carry on to beat-up on all of you.It's wrong and I admit it to you. I am not an ignorant man US M, nor am I without experience in the middle-east being a long service Canadian Infantry officer, (retired). Service in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza and among Palestinians in Israel gave me modest insights and a fair appreciation of just how complex, and intractable' the Palestine question has become over the years. However, drawing impressions now, mainly from errant muslim conduct, across the globe, I have, admittedly, developed a very severe anti-muslim bias. In short, I have been ready and willing to deny decent justice to any of you except for a true appreciation of some first class human works done by the Ismaili's, (you know, the Aga Kahn's lot' who are themselves targets of the wankers that are lead by errant Imams).

Certainly, US M, I could carry on with this but it's really not the venue. So let me duck out with these words......'you keep convincing people like me that there are in fact followers of the Prophet who despise, completely, the mockery that is now heaped on your faith because of rash and stupidly brutal actions by your co-religionists who must be confronted, by decent muslim men and women like yourself. Then, the very palpable rage that is festering so destructively about us can be quite readily assuaged'. And that 'rage', US M, is not so difficult to devine in Jay Tea's blog. Is it'? I ask and pray that God will bless you and also bless Jay Tea who, from his own words, is weathering a rough wind at this time in his life.
Peace be upon you US,M.

#66Sir, P... (Below threshold)
A US Musilm:

#66

Sir,

Peace be upon you too.

I appreciate your honest kind words.

Islam is misunderstood both by majority of Muslims and non-Muslims.

Unfortunately, moderate Muslims like myself choose to sit on the side lines and just watch or put our head in the sand and think 'all is well' instead of defending our beautiful religion.

I just could not take it anymore so I decided to participate in blogs in an attempt to bridge the gap between Islam and its critics.

Discussion has moved on to 'Fishing for Fatwas' post by Jay Tea. Please join us there.

I bought a New Testament on... (Below threshold)
Dovit:

I bought a New Testament once. I put it in a porta potty with a sign next to it - wipe your ass with this.

People did! Hey, I don't have to respect the New Testament. I'm Jewish!

I bought a New Tes... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:
I bought a New Testament once. I put it in a porta potty with a sign next to it - wipe your ass with this.
Frankly I think Charmin is a little kinder to the nether regions, but I'm copacetic with it, whatever turns you on, as long as it was your New Testament. I don't recall hearing about this incident, or a call to arms by Christians, or riots where hundreds were maimed or killed, or death threat or threat to violence to you. (At least I hope not). Most likely you might have offended a Christian to two. Same God though, I guess you'll answer for you actions some day.



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