Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ‘based on the Bible’

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, FBI file/ Associated Press


-Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspected Boston Marathon bomber, on the what he says motivated him and his brother to launch the attack.

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  • Dick Diamond

    Seems that younger Tsarnaev didn’t know that the Bible was written a few thousand years before the Koran (Old Testament) and the New Testament was written some 600-700 years. He may have been a good wrestler but he sure was a lousy academic.

  • Rongoklunk

    Islam copied Christianity as Christianity copied Judaism. It was like “If THEY have a God – so will WE”.
    But all supernatural religions defy commonsense – and seem to find comfort in the odd idea of somebody up there watching over us. And the other guy’s belief is an error because we have the correct belief. Like children arguing over who has the best daddy.

  • chailatte16

    There is a major error here. If you click the link to the article on the motive behind the shootings, you won’t find this statement attributed to Dzhokhar. Instead, you will discover that his older brother, Tamerlin (now deceased), was actually the one who said that. According to the article, Tamerlin said this to a neighbor who he disagreed with on US foreign policy.

    This quote has been attributed to the wrong person and there should be a correction. I am not trying to make Dzhokhar seem to be any less capable of having similar beliefs. The issue is just that he didn’t say that. His brother said it.

  • leibowde84

    Christianity was initiated as a sect of Judaism. According to historians from that time period, Jesus intended his teachings for only the Jews. It was not until St. Paul came along, a man who never even met Jesus (while he was alive), that the church decided to preach to the “gentiles.” All in all, Christianity is a sect of Judaism … kind of like “Jews for Jesus.”

  • Secular1

    Yep the early x’tians were called Nazerenes

  • Secular1

    Dick, you do not understand that muslims view is that Koran was never created, it was uncreated, as they put it – not to mean it no longer exists, but to mean it was there all along. So by their muddled thinking OT/NT/XT are all copies of Koran. This scat has several problems of course 1) how does one reconcile uncreated text with the concept of abrogation, 2) how do you read it in the context of the times of MO, when it was uncreated before there was any context. I would like any of the Koranic scholars (if we can use the word scholar in this context) to rationalize out of these two dilemmas.

  • ThomasBaum


    You wrote, “According to historians from that time period, Jesus intended his teachings for only the Jews.”

    Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And [behold] I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

    Seems to be a discrepancy between what the “historians from that time period” and what Jesus is reported to have said and this is not the only discrepancy.

  • ThomasBaum


    You wrote, “Islam copied Christianity as Christianity copied Judaism.”

    Islam did not copy Christianity, islam attempted to refute Christianity and not only Christianity but Judaism.

  • leibowde84

    I think historians are a bit more reliable than what is written in the Bible. The Bible was not written by a single person who actually even met Jesus in the flesh. So, I have a hard time believing that the quotes included in it are accurate.

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