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I called into the June 12, 2012 episode of Truth Hertz with Charles Giuliani and spoke about Christianity and Islam.

We are given the impression by the mass media that Christianity is peaceful and Islam is violent, but how does the Bible compare to the Qur’an, and how does the biblical example of Moses compare to the historical example of Muhammad?

Listen from 1:36:00 to 1:44:00 to hear my perspective.

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Avi LipkinI listened to Avi Lipkin’s May 17 show with Dr. Stan Monteith, and wanted to offer a very different perspective on some things that he brought up.

He mentioned Israel’s freedom of speech, but he didn’t point out to the mainly Christian audience that it doesn’t include preaching the gospel in public, which will land you in jail.

Israel’s economy was mentioned. This year, the conservative Heritage Foundation ranked neighbouring Arab state Jordan as having the 38th most free economy in the world, ahead of Israel in 43rd place.

He said that the Qur’an says that Jews are apes and swine, but that’s a complete misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the verse he cited (5:60). It’s talking about a particular group of Jews in antiquity who rejected God, and just as there is symbolic language in the Bible, such as talk of people’s hearts melting in fear, that is also probably symbolic for describing particular individuals who were rejected by God.

He also said that Islam calls for Muslims to kill the Jews on Saturday, and the Christians on Sunday, but one obvious indication that isn’t true is that Muhammad had Jewish and Christian wives, and the Qur’an permits Muslim men to marry Jewish or Christian women. He cited no specific evidence for his claim, other than saying Muhammad killed several hundred Jewish men, which isn’t mentioned in the Qur’an, unlike the Bible mentioning Moses being upset when the Hebrews only killed the men of a city, and he ordered them to kill all the male children and women who had not been with a man.

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My email to Dr. Stan Monteith of Radio Liberty about a controversial church-state separation matter, with added links:

I listened to your show last night where you criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for not hearing an appeal of the lower court decision ordering Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove the Ten Commandments display he had put up.

While the Founding Fathers intended the Bill of Rights to apply to the federal government and not the States, and while the First Amendment specifically refers to Congress and not the state legislatures, and while some states had an official religion at the time of the adoption of the Bill of Rights;

As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court has since incorporated parts of the Bill of Rights to apply to the States, including the First Amendment.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has an engraving of Moses with the Ten Commandments in its main chamber, that’s in the context of a series of lawgivers, and the first judge who heard the case against Moore said it would have been a very different matter if Moore’s Ten Commandments display was in a similar context.

I don’t think it was constitutional for the U.S. Supreme Court to incorporate the First Amendment to apply to the States, since, unlike the others, it explicitly mentions Congress. However, given the current state of jurisprudence, I think that their decision not to hear the case was a reflection that the lower federal courts had appropriate jurisdiction and a valid argument for their decision, though they didn’t necessarily endorse it.

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