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Allah or Jesus?

Last month I attended my annual training session that’s required for mai

ntaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session

there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic,

Protestant and Muslim faiths who explained their belief systems. I was

particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say.

The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a

video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and

answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked:

"Please, correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that most Imams and

clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels

of the world and that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all

Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that’s the case, can you

give me the definition of an infidel?"

There was no disagreement with my statements and without hesitation he

replied, "Non-believers!"

I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of

Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they

can go to Heaven. Is that correct?"

The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to

that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie

jar. He sheepishly replied, "Yes."

I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope

John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Pat

Robertson or Dr. Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go

to Heaven!"

The Imam was speechless.

I continued, "I also have problem with being your friend when...

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