On Calling Islam Violent:
Take Thy Beam Out, First!
Carey Sherrill

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If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
   -- The Hebrew and Christian Bible (Deuteronomy 17:2-3,5)

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Cliff replies:

I wonder what Jesus was allegedly talking about when he supposedly spoke of "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone." My grasp of the concept of "sin" is quite deficient if getting carried away in a group-think frenzy and casting stones is an act of sinlessness. What, then, can be said for the one about whom Jesus speaks, who would pick up the first stone to instigate this form of mob-rule vigilantism.

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