quote: There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. If this were an Islam vs the western world, the Western world would not stand a chance.
quote: no matter what bin Laden or any other Muslim cleric says, they are not doing it in the name of God/Allah.
quote: Just as an aside there are almost twice as many Christians as Muslims if you care to contemplate a religious war.
quote: This is meaningless. You define Islam as being incapable of supporting terrorism than state anyone who supports terrorism cannot be a part of Islam. The fact is they self identify as Islamic and large percentages of Islamic people support such acts.
quote: all of bin Laden's demands are political and not religious.
quote: (i) These governments prevent our people from establishing the Islamic Shariah, using violence and lies to do so.
quote: (1) The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.(a) The religion of the Unification of God; of freedom from associating partners with Him, and rejection of this; of complete love of Him, the Exalted; of complete submission to His Laws; and of the discarding of all the opinions, orders, theories and religions which contradict with the religion He sent down to His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Islam is the religion of all the prophets, and makes no distinction between them - peace be upon them all.
quote: I dare say the divide between Sunnis and Shias is probably much wider than Catholics and Protestant.
quote: While you could argue this is a political goal it obviously is religiously driven. To seperate the religious from the political is not the easiest thing to do when we are contemplating a theocracy.
quote: Bin Laden is calling for nothing less than an Islamic world.