Can you tell the difference?
Source: Huffington Post
By Carol Kuruvilla; Associate Religion Editor
Islamophobia has become frighteningly commonplace in the U.S. There’s a lot of hatred, misinformation and misplaced fear being directed at Muslims and the faith that they follow. And it’s coming from all levels of society — from GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, who capitalizes on this fear for votes, to local hate groups who take it upon themselves to vandalize American Muslims’ houses of prayer.
Prominent Christian leaders and organizations have continually spoken out against Islamophobic rhetoric. Still, negative feelings towards Muslims remain. A 2014 Pew Research Center survey asked people to rate religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” that measured positive and negative attitudes. Muslims received the lowest ratings of all religious groups in the country. White evangelical Christians in particular harbored negative feelings towards Muslims.
According to The Brookings Institution, Americans differentiate between “Muslim people” and the “Muslim religion.” They tend to view Islam more unfavorably than they view people who practice this faith. Shibley Telhami, a nonresident senior fellow at the Institution, suggested that “it is probably easier for many Americans — with strong anti-discrimination norms — to express dislike of an abstract idea rather than to appear prejudiced toward people.”
But how well do people really know Islam’s sacred text, and can they distinguish it from the Bible? Is there, as a 2015 Dutch social experiment suggested, an inherent bias about what’s inside the Quran?
As siblings in the Abrahamic tradition, the Bible and the Quran actually share many similar stories and characters. In addition, both of the books give humanity an overarching sense of purpose and task men and women with the job of spreading love, justice and mercy throughout the world.
In light of current prejudices — and in order to draw out some common themes in these religious texts — HuffPost Religion put together this collection of verses from the Bible and the Quran. Can you guess which book they came from? Tell us how you did in the comments below.
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