Hypocrisy in religion part 2: Psuedo Christianity

 

There is a growing movement within Christendom, that is so vile, ignorant, and hateful that one has to question this movement when it has the nerve to call itself Christian. What I’m referring to is the so-called Evangelical movement or “Christian Right”. This movement uses Christianity as a cover for their true intentions. In my humble opinion movements like this that contain such “leaders” as John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, etc. are no where near what Christianity actually teaches.

My point: One of the most important sermons that Jesus (saw) gave according to the New Testament is the sermon on the mount this sermon is so important that many Christian scholars consider it the central “theme” of Christianity:

Matthew 5

The Beatitudes

1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder

21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,[c]‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

25“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.[d]

Adultery

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’[e] 28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Divorce

31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’[f] 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

An Eye for an Eye

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[g] 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that 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. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 6

Giving to the Needy

1“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[j]14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Treasures in Heaven

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Do Not Worry

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[k]? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 7

Judging Others

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:21 Exodus 20:13
  2. Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts brother without cause
  3. Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt
  4. Matthew 5:26 Greek kodrantes
  5. Matthew 5:27 Exodus 20:14
  6. Matthew 5:31 Deut. 24:1
  7. Matthew 5:38 Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21
  8. Matthew 5:43 Lev. 19:18
  9. Matthew 5:44 Some late manuscripts enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you
  10. Matthew 6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
  11. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to his height

Now I posted this for a reason. If you listen to these so-called Christians these days, you will hear nothing remotely similar to the above text. They tend to promote division, hate, and often lies. Whether its homosexuals, those who have abortions, or their biggest cash crop Muslims, these groups lean far right and support big government, corporations, war, etc. You will find in the majority of their words, teachings, and actions the complete opposite of the Beatitudes. They are surely not poor in spirit, because they claim to have the monopoly and abundance of it. They don’t mourn, unless of course, one of their laws aren’t passed in Congress, the Constitution isn’t amended, or certain Judges and officials aren’t appointed. They surely aren’t meek, because they already believe the Earth is theirs to do what they will, and if we don’t believe in what they believe in, well too bad, we are all going to hell when the “rapture” comes. 🙂 Hunger and thirst for righteousness….that’s a joke, many of their leaders are so far from it, that unless Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride now mean righteousness then the naysayers like myself are obviously confused. Merciful? Well they say Jesus (saw) is merciful, therefore, they feel that they don’t have to, besides they are “saved” anyway, so condemning many for their beliefs and actions, and not caring about those that are dying because of war, famine, etc. unless of course there’s a missionary possibility involved, is perfectly OK, because they are the chosen of God and above reproach. Pure in heart? Well, I’m not one to judge a persons heart, God Alone can only do that, but if actions are reflections of what’s in the heart, than I see them as hateful, ignorant, Satanic forces, that twist the scripture to cover themselves and their wicked intentions. Peacemakers? Well see my above commentary already. These groups want to see Palestine and Muslims in general destroyed. They promote lies about our religion, mixing truth with falsehood, and are unrepentant. The sad part is, they claim support for Israel and that’s why they blood-lust so much, but they only do that to destroy the Jews as well, because when the “rapture” comes, they believe all Jews will either convert or die too. Let’s not forget that historically, the biggest oppressor and killer of Jews has always worshipped under the sign of the cross, but that’s another post for another day. Then there’s the “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness” line… these groups don’t have a clue. If you say this country wasn’t founded by Christianity, they feel persecuted, if you don’t say “Merry Christmas” they feel persecuted….You know why that is? Historically, Christians haven’t been truly persecuted since the first couple hundred years, since then, they have been doing all the persecution, even today. They don’t know what its like to be the footstool of Western hegemony, imperialism, etc. and deal with those effects, because they have been the primary benefactors. How can a rich person say they know how a poor person feels, if they have never been poor? “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Come on now, who speaks “evil” of those who praise Jesus (saw)? Maybe there are some, but compared to what they say about Allah (swt), Prophet Muhammad (saw), or Muslims in general, that’s childsplay, and of course, we Muslims don’t retort in kind, because we believe its a sin to both insult God or His Prophets (saw) and to insult another because of their beliefs especially when its the same God! But of course we are lying and made all that up right?

What’s my overall point? This one post will never fully articulate how I feel about these “pseudo Christians”. They are just as bad as the “pseudo Muslims” out there. They have hijacked Christianity, from being a religion of tolerance, caring, and good deeds, to an imperialistic, intolerant, mega stain on the world, whose only goal is to have power and wealth. They hate any who are not like them, yet they profess love and peace. If this weren’t true, they would do like I was taught as a Christian and when they disagree with Muslims, just politely say “I don’t agree with you”, instead of every insult in the book, lies marketed as truth, and created mass amounts of wealth and fame off of defaming Muslims and Islam. They would in Essenes turn the other cheek if they felt we hit them. Vengeance is the Lord’s right? Not to mention the hate they espouse against homosexuals, atheists, and Jews that they cover up in the cloth of “support”. I tell you my fellow brothers of Judaism, they only support you, to later slaughter you as they have done in the past. They are afraid of Islam and have been for centuries, and are using you and Israel as a cover to get you to fight with us to. Yet, it was always Muslim lands you fled to for protection. Seek not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, we need to end our foolishness and remember who the true enemy is.

If many of you don’t believe me check out their sites. See how many so-called “Christian” sites have links like “The Truth about Islam” or “Answering Islam” or “Muhammad a false Prophet”, “Allah a moon god” etc. etc. etc. Then go to a Muslim site and see if you can find ANY trace of the reverse. I have yet to come across a site run by Muslims that says anything bad about Jesus (saw), Mary, or Christians in general. At best, you will see comparisons about what we don’t agree with, but never in a way, that insults 2 billion people their lives and beliefs. Prove me wrong, tell me I’m lying. Tell me they are truly following the commands of Yeshuah (saw), in their actions, words, and deeds?

I was raised in the Church, I come from a line of Christian Ministers and Pastors, I love the Church and still visit occasionally. But the Church I know cares more about the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden and is a good Samaritan, no matter what the race, religion, sexuality, etc. of that person is. They teach to love no matter what, not just in words, but actions, but I know not these Churches that are run by these hypocrites. That in my humble opinion are supremacist to the core, and not even 50 years ago, when Muslims weren’t the target of hate, used those same pulpits to defame, slander, and hate blacks. I’m not stupid, look at the make up of their congregations, they are the same as yesterday, just using a new language, and chose a new target. But the heart and mind is still the same. The intention is rooted in the same source. Change their rhetoric and insert black for Muslim, and then you easily see, that these same people some on the same pulpit and their descendants today, could have easily been the runners of Jim Crow and lynching America of yesterday. Throw some white sheets on them, and you probably won’t find any black faces behind those sheets in those congregations.

Is this a rant against Christians or Christianity? Not at all, but Im certain those with wisdom and a mind and heart filled with God, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim, knows exactly what Im talking about, and can see the wheat among the tares. Radicalism, Extremism, etc. don’t only affect Muslims but is alive and well in American “Mega Churches” so-called “Evangelicals” and the so-called “Christian Right”.

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12 Comments

  1. ASA, brother…

    WOW what a fabulous post! You know your scriptures.

    And if muslims were publicly caught putting forth the same hate speech we’d be on the first plane to Gitmo never to be seen again!

    Why are those folks any different?

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  2. WAS,

    Thanks for your comments. Having grown up as a Christian under sincere belief and serious study, I believe that gives me a “little” advantage in understand the scriptures especially of the Bible. It also helps that I study Christianity on the academic level and my Grandfather is a Pastor of 50 years.

    I truly understand your comments, it’s the pot calling the kettle black, hypocrisy and double standards all around.

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  3. Robert is there a time that you prefer I call?? Or is ten sharp good? I don’t know what you may have sceduled so wouldn’t want to interupt, or wait off air too long. e mail or put it on the spot where we have the Catholic outreach posted see you then. Bruce….Tawodi

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  4. all 3 of the preachers to whom you refer have actually taught the sermon n the mount accurately and do their best [as do many christians] to live out what Christ [not saw but God the Son]has put in them. Many desire to do “good works” out of that basis with a servant heart and attitude. You capitalized on “if the salt has lost it’s savor…”. It is obvious to me that the three preachers you judge have not lost their salty savor as God the Holy Spirit certainly used them to give you uncomfortable pause and unjustified criticism. Not unusual as Jesus said to expect it. Christs’ greatest critics killed Him {and I was one of those] but He conquered sin on our behalf by living the only sinless life ever lived thereby is the perfect Lamb {of sacrifice] and being raised the third day. As an aside, there is no better place

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  5. all 3 of the preachers to whom you refer have actually taught the sermon n the mount accurately and do their best [as do many christians] to live out what Christ [not saw but God the Son]has put in them. Many desire to do “good works” out of that basis with a servant heart and attitude. You capitalized on “if the salt has lost it’s savor…”. It is obvious to me that the three preachers you judge have not lost their salty savor as God the Holy Spirit certainly used them to give you uncomfortable pause and unjustified criticism of these fallible men who by their very station are more responsible than most men as they handle and live the Word of the LORD. Not unusual as Jesus said to expect criticism as displayed in your article. Christs’ greatest critics killed Him {and I was one of those] but He conquered sin on our behalf by living the only sinless life ever lived thereby is the perfect Lamb {of sacrifice] and being raised the third day. As an aside, there is no better place for a sinner[and that includes hypocrits] than in the hands of the only redeemer.

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  6. Many Christians died protecting the Jews from the camps in ww2 so don’t try and blind your Semetic brothers from the truth.
    [only in

    the fact that Abe and Hag had Ishmael].

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  7. All I can say to this string of defensive comments is what brother Malcolm said “If you throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the only one that cries is the one that gets hit”

    Furthermore, I recognize no God but the God of Abraham (saw), besides that One God, I recognize no other as Rabb (Lord). Show me a God besides that of Abraham (saw) and I will show you a false God.

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  8. I almost forgot, as far as the Christian “liberation” comment, obviously the thread was lost on you, I’m not talking about actual Christians, but those who are that in name only, hence the term pseudo. Also, many Muslims died liberating and protecting the Jews in WW2, just thought I would also give irrelevant historical information.

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  9. Robert said:
    “…They have hijacked Christianity, from being a religion of tolerance, caring, and good deeds, to an imperialistic, intolerant, mega stain on the world, whose only goal is to have power and wealth.”

    First of all, I do not necessarily support any particular christian leader including the one(s) that you criticize. Now, Robert, as someone who claims to have a Christian background you of all people should understand that tolerance is a self-refuting fantasy. Christ claimed that his purpose was not to bring peace but division. Christ also said that we were either for him or against him. He nullified the concept of neutrality that is often implied in tolerance by stating that he would rather we be hot or cold. Those who are warm (“the tollerant”) Christ would spit out of his mouth. Robert, appealing to tolerance is also a logical fallacy. Those who claim that they exercise tolerance are only tolerant of those they can stomach (your blog is a case in point); thus, they themselves are as intollerant as those they mean to accuse.

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  10. Now that is literature. Great prose! Compare the kindness, love and wisdom in the sermon on the Mount to Islam’s writings. Also, it seems that Jesus pretty much put most so-called Christans in their place, telling them they are not his followers.

    Lets talk about Islam and Muslims. Do the words of Jesus mean anything? How about the prayer thing? Forgiveness? Meekness? Ha! Would you care to compare Jesus’ moral standards to those of Mohammed “Fighting is good for you, kill them whereever you find them”?

    Yet you have the nerve to denounce certain Christians as “so vile, ignorant, and hateful” yet look away time and time again from the hate and violence in the Quran and the many vile events in the life of your dear prophet. I wont’ even bother to link to them because I have done so time and time again on Muslim sites and these things mean nothing to them. So what if Mohammed killed and murdered and enslaved infidels? Who cares if he let his men rape the women of Mustaliq? Big deal! So what if he beat his wife? Nada. And if his men split open a pregnant women for criticizing Islam’s noble prophet, it served her right! And so on…

    In the face of evil Muslims look the other way, ignoring their own writings and pretending these things have nothing to do with Islam – and blaming everything on everybody else.

    Yes Christans are hypocrites – no doubt. Personally I would not want to be even in the room with any of their preachers or leaders. But Jesus never raided vilages, enslaved and raped (Banu Mustaliq), or murdered people (Asma Marwan) or beat women (“he hit me and caused me pain”). Oh yes, Didn’t Jesus say somethiung about false prophets? (Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves).

    How about a little honesty? Evrything you say about the Christian hypocrites – is quite true – but it is even more true about Mohammed and Muslims. If Christians want to really learn hate, violence and deceit, I suggest they take lessons for the masters themselves – the Muslims.

    John Kactuz

    PS: That Gospel of Matthew prose was so good. I must admit that I can’t live up to that standard in the sermon. I don’t even try, but I am fairly honest about my many moral shortcomings.

    PSS: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Does that mean anything?
    This is for those three poor men in Turkey that were brutally tortured and murdered by Muslims defending their dear prophet and religion. I hope you are not upset with them, the killers, because they were only doing what your Mohammed did, in case you have read the hadiths. Or maybe amputating limbs, putting hot nails through the eyes and them letting them die of thirst is not torture, if done by Mohammed. Want a reference for this?

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