Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

Osama bin Laden
Al-Qaeda
Anti-Christian

“How does one go about evoking these insignificant expressions [Islamic teachings praising Christians], while abandoning dozens of texts wherein the Christians are cursed, and their blasphemies and treacheries enumerated? Though these expressions came in truth, they lead to falsehood. Could it be that these words mean that there is good in them [Christians], acknowledged by Islam, and, based on that, it is possible for us to coexist with them? Such would be a vain injunction. The good in them has to do with minor particulars, which are definitely not grounds for living with them, nor debating with them, nor “dialoguing” with them, as they call it. First of all, they distort the Messiah and they reject Muhammad. Thus they do not practice the true religion. They neither hold on to their religion, nor are they content with Muhammad’s religion. So according to what, exactly, are they to be praised, and according to what are we to reach an understanding? [...] So whoever possesses such attributes, but in reality is not pious, or merely practices a religion created by popes—such a one, what use is it trying to reach an understanding and living with him?”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 34.

Osama bin Laden