Son of distributor of anti-Islam film “Fitna” accepts Islam

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Arnoud van Doorn’s son, Iskander Amien De Vrie, was one of the 37 people who converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention. The son of Arnoud van Doorn, the famous Dutch policy maker and distributor of an anti-Islam film “Fitna” that caused unrest in 2008, surprised the audiences at the three-day Dubai International Peace Convention by 
embracing Islam.

Arnoud’s son, Iskander Amien De Vrie, was one of the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention. “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” said Iskander in his shahadah (testimony) to become a Muslim.

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Is the Bible more violent than the Qur’an?

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Religion historian Philip Jenkins decided to compare the brutality quotient of the Qur’an and the Bible.
“Much to my surprise,” he says, “the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible.” Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and a forthcoming book Dark Passages which has not yet been published but is already drawing controversy.

Violence in the Quran, he and others say, is largely a defense against attack.

“By the standards of the time, which is the 7th century A.D., the laws of war that are laid down by the Quran are actually reasonably humane,” he says. “Then we turn to the Bible, and we actually find something that is for many people a real surprise. There is a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide.” Read the rest of this entry »