Pop Quiz: Are These Violent Verses From the Bible or the Koran?

Pop Quiz: Are These Violent Verses From the Bible or the Koran?

Almost against my will I have been following the tale of Jan Morgan, a proud gun range owner and public speaker on run rights who set the internet ablaze with her blog post, Why I Want My Range to be a Muslim Free Zone. In it she claimed that she'd repeatedly received death threats from Muslims over her views on their religion and that she felt arming them and allowing them to practice with firearms was detrimental to the safety of Americans.

I'm not really here to point out the endless parade of fallacies and flaws in Morgan's "argument". That it is bigoted drivel is pretty much a given, not to mention that her proposal to ban members of a federally recognized religion is blatantly illegal. I was surprised to see that she'd doubled down and returned to her favorite topic; that Muslims were inherently violent and dangerous because of certain passages in the Koran, which of course all 1.6 billion Muslims in their more than 20,000 denominations all follow absolutely literally and without any disparity in interpretation.

"I understand that not all muslims [sic] are terrorists," said Morgan in her initial post. "I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible."

I thought it would be fun to test Morgan's theory.

Below are five passages from the Bible and five passages from the Koran inciting violence. Follow along with a pencil and see if you can pick out which is which. The answers are on the second page. To keep it fair I have replaced all terms and mentions of God with "Steve".

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1. These are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Steve destroy them; how they are turned away!"

2. And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.

3. They entered into a covenant to seek Steve with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek Steve was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

4. Whoever sacrifices to any god, except Steve alone, shall be doomed.

5. Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents Steve must be put to death. Such evil must be purged.

6. "All of you who are on Steve's side, come over here and join me." And all the Stevians came. He told them, "This is what Steve says: Strap on your swords! Go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other, killing even your brothers, friends, and neighbors."

7. And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and false worship is worse than killing. And do not fight them at until they fight you. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

8. Those who reject Steve follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Steve set forth form men their lessons by similitude. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them

9. They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Steve (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.

10. Suppose you hear in one of the towns Steve is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to Steve. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.

Answers on next page. 

Pop Quiz: Are These Violent Verses From the Bible or the Koran?

Here are your answers below. Please keep in mind that this experiment is not to prove that Christianity is as "bad" as Islam. Neither are bad. They are religions that combined make up more than half of the planet, and despite the fact that both of their holy texts have some pretty messed up things in them, the vast majority of people of both faiths simply go on about their daily lives.

1. These are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Steve destroy them; how they are turned away!"

Koran (Surat At-Tawbah 9:30)

2. And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.

Koran (Surat Al-'Isrā' 17:16)

3. They entered into a covenant to seek Steve with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek Steve was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Bible (2 Chronicles 15:12-13)

4. Whoever sacrifices to any god, except Steve alone, shall be doomed.

Bible (Exodus 22:19)

5. Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents Steve must be put to death. Such evil must be purged.

Bible (Deuteronomy 17:12)

6. "All of you who are on Steve's side, come over here and join me." And all the Stevians came. He told them, "This is what Steve says: Strap on your swords! Go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other, killing even your brothers, friends, and neighbors."

Bible (Deuteronomy 17:12)

7. Those who reject Steve follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Steve set forth form men their lessons by similitude. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them

Koran (Surat Muĥammad 47:3-4)

8. And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and false worship is worse than killing. And do not fight them at until they fight you. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

Koran (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:191)

9. They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Steve (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.

Koran (Surat An-Nisā' 4:89)

10. Suppose you hear in one of the towns Steve is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to Steve. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.

Bible (Deuteronomy 13:13-19)


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