when you have made wide slaughter among them, carefully tie upthe remaining captives" (Surah XLVII.4).As Bertrand Russell once asked, can God or Allah be so vain andcruel as to punish someone who does not believe in Him?Apostates do not fare much better. According to Islamic lawapostasy is punishable by death. In France alone, between twoand three hundred Muslims convert to Christianity each year;however, the real figure is difficult to assess, especially foroutside Europe, as, out of fear, the majority of Muslims whoconvert do so secretly.Christians are marginally better regarded than the Jews, but theKoran still accuses them of falsifying the Scriptures: "They surelyare Infidels who say, 'God is the third of three': for there is butone God; and if they do not refrain not from what they say, asevere punishment shall light on those who are unbelievers"(Surah V.75. See also Surah IV.157 where the crucifixion isdenied).They are also accused of worshiping Jesus as the son of God and,like the Jews, they have been led astray and must be broughtback to the true religion, that is, Islam. According to manytraditions, Muhammad himself was determined to destroyChristian churches.
Lane, in his classic Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians, recounts how a young Muslim "receiveslessons of religious pride, and learns to hate the Christians, andall other sects but his own, as thoroughly as does the Muslim inadvanced age."
According to the Koran, Jews have intense hatred of all trueMuslims, and, as a punishment for their sins, some of them had, inthe past, been changed into apes and swine, and others will havetheir hands tied to their necks and be cast into the Fire onJudgment Day. The attitude enjoined upon Muslims toward the