Is the Quran a more violent book than the Bible?

There are passages in the Koran which ?invite people to violence?, one of the Queen?s chaplains said last night.

Reverend Canon Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain of Sussex University and one of 35 who serve Her Majesty, expressed concern about more than 100 passages in the Muslim holy book.

But the Church of England priest declined to say whether parts of the Koran are ?evil?, instead advising people to make up their own minds.

He was responding to comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who warned this week about being too quick to brand people with strong religious views ?extremists?.

Yesterday, more than 60 imams and leaders of Muslim groups signed an open letter to the Government accusing it of criminalising Islam.

They claimed the ?terror threat? was being exploited for political capital ahead of the election, as ?the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness?.


Graph – Bill Warner.


The signatories, which included journalist Yvonne Ridley and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, criticised the ?demonisation of Muslims in Britain … despite their disavowal of violence and never having supported terrorist acts?.

It may just be me, but I think the demonising of Islam is mostly occurring because of gutless attacks on innocent civilians, hostage taking, executions and atrocities that are better not?described.

I fully appreciate this is making the world a more hostile place for Muslims in a general sense, but don’t they dare lay this at the feet of people who are appalled and who want to see some practical consequences, by throwing cheap labels about.

Not all Muslims are extremists, but the majority of extremists over the last 20 years or so have been Muslim. ?The Muslims faith and communities need to own this, and not try to drive a wedge into the rest of us by using white and Christian guilt.


– Daily Mail