April 17th, 2005

Out of Place

Amusing Islam Spam

hah ... I received some spam this morning trying to convert me, a "Christian" (as if) to "the right way and redemption", i.e. Islam. I'm posting it in its entirety here because I just found it really, really funny. [Don't worry, I scrubbed the HTML, so you won't trigger any hidden nastiness.]

I mean, do they honestly expect this to convert people? All they really seem to do is beat people over the head with their holy book and make several bald assertions, such as "Allah ... sent down the holy Quran during the time of the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who received and recorded it.".

Oh yes, and my favorite "assertion": "You know that Islam is the true religion, that The Holy Quran is the last book sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), and that Muhammad (PBUH) is the true and last prophet sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). But you still persist in your denial." No, I'm sorry, I don't know any such thing.

What I do know is that Islam and Christianity tend to follow the same basic format (monotheistic, with a prophet). Speaking very generally, they are very similar religions (at least when you compare them to something like Buddhism or Hinduism) ... and yet they sit here squabbling amongst themselves like children. ("I'm the truth!" "No, I'M the truth!" "No you're not!" "Yes I am!" "No you're not!" "Yes I am!")

Why on Earth do people persist in picking up their various books and claiming them to be divinely-inspired? Do they have any empirical evidence whatsoever to back up their claims? I certainly haven't seen any. Besides which, even if we could demonstrate a book's origin with a reasonable degree of certainty, can we demonstrate that the claims it makes are true? That seems like a nearly-impossible task to me.

"Don't read that, Johnny, you don't know where it's been..." :p

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-- Des
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