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E-mail from Michael Roll to Roger Berry, February 22, 2004

Dr Roger Berry has been MP for Kingswood (Bristol) since April 9, 1992.

Dear Roger,

Please ask the Secretary of State for Education what he is going to do about these terrifying passages in the Koran that are nothing less than incitement to murder.

The Christian Bible has similar instructions to kill people all in the name of an invisible god, but these frightening passages are no longer a danger thanks to the former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins, making it very clear in the 1980's that the Bible is not the word of God - the creator of the universe no less!

However, this is not the case with the Koran, as I understand it, no Muslim academic has yet done the same as Dr. David Jenkins. This is most urgent as Government money is now funding Muslim schools.

Very sincerely

Michael Roll

From a letter to The Scotsman by Brian Allen:

The Koran, which Tony Blair blithely assures us contains the peaceful and tolerant message of Islam does nothing of the kind. As long as there is absolute belief in inflammatory statements like, "The People of the Book (referring to the bible, Jews and Christians) and the Pagans will burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures." (Koran 98:6.) there will continue to be unjustified killing. Unfortunately it does not end there.

The Koran also categorically states: "Enmity and hatred will reign between us until ye believe in Allah alone." (Koran 60:4). Specific exhortations include: "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush." (Koran, 9:5), and "Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits." (Koran 69:30-37), last but by no means least "I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips of them." (Koran 8:12)

None of these quotations is imaginary, and while it may not be politically correct to mention them, they are there and, worryingly, believed with as much fervour by Muslims as those of other denominations who believe in the fundamental validity of their own versions of scripture. In view of this, it might be fair to comment that until there is a more humanistic approach to life and society, we will always be beset by bloody strife fuelled by superstition and intolerance.

Related material on this site:

Discoveries in Subatomic Physics Completely Vindicate the Bishop of Durham - an article by Michael Roll about Dr David Jenkins

Religious Killing - Letter to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (October 22, 2002)

Religious Hatred - Letter from Michael Roll to Hugh Thomas (September 10, 2001)

Why I Quit Going To Church - Rupert Hughes (1924)

Related material on other sites:

Jesus Never Existed - - For all who would struggle against the tragedy of religion

What they don't tell the children...


Once a particular Christianity - hierarchical and authoritarian - became wedded to the Roman state, it became a force of brutal repression. This so-called 'orthodoxy' suppressed and persecuted its 'heretical' opposition.


A triumphant Christianity was the active agent in destroying knowledge and access to learning. An ignorant and impoverished population was more readily subjugated by Princes of the Church.


The cost to humanity of fifteen centuries of Christian savagery - of hundreds of millions of lives brutalised and truncated, sacrificed to war, torture, pogrom, burning, pestilence and plague - is incalculable.