OK, asides from the fact that "We're right, they're wrong." what's the real differences between islam and christianity? Really, asides from some minor things, both seem to preach the exact same message of misogyny, oppression, tyranny, intolerance, fear, hate, war, conquest and ignorance.
What's the real, structural differences-IF ANY!- between islam and christianity?
Okay. Now that I have the right person. What do you mean exactly?
It feeds into a metadiscussion where it is being continually eluded to that those of use which don't mind going a bit further on attacks on religion (atheist militancy), and especially Islam, are doing so because we are 'biased' or 'racist', and whatever choice words de jour apologetics find necessary to end an uncomfortable debate. (apparently, I am both off my rocker paranoid and behave like a child.)
That's OK, I can live with people not agreeing with me, even when they resort to ad hom decriptions of my arguments to defend themselves. I'll make an attempt at answering only in kind, but that attempt stops when the arguments feeding into those I have used is being used by someone who doesn't agree with the argument's conclusion. Agree with premises but not the conclusion is what is commonly referred to as bullshit which is only useful to impress.
As for the exact source, I now tend to favor that it was Dawkins that borrowed Sam Harris' words in a longer argument to the defense the current War on (mostly Islamic) Terror. I believe it was either the BBC Hardtalk or in one of the Caltech debates he used the point. I don't have time right now to go through the exact quote, but he alludes to it in this post with the talk on Janism, which is being critiziced ie. here by an apologetic friendly atheist.
Dawkins and Hitchens generally say the same things about Islam and Muslims (as does Pat Condell in Sassan's post below), and are criticized heavily for their 'vicious attacks' on religion by mostly North Americans. Then North Americans agree with the same reasoning when spoken in an American accent, which implies they are biased against Europeans.
"Radio host Terrence McNally recently interviewed Richard Dawkins. The transcript can be found here. Most of it is a rehashing of words Dawkins has said many times before, but this particular response bugged me:
TM: In other words, if [a religion was] just a philosophical belief that had no impact on the world, fine.
RD: Exactly. I don’t think you’ll find many people criticizing any gentle religion, like Jainism.
Sam Harris echoed that thought in The End of Faith."
As for the larger question. I do actually do the arduous task of ensuring every argument I use pan out to be the very source when forming opinion, but I don't find strict MLA to be applicable in debates.