Is Islam Inherently Violent? – Further Thoughts

Is Islam Inherently Violent? – Further Thoughts

Greg originally posted some thoughts on Islam here. In this video, he discusses some responses he received, and further thoughts on a Kingdom posture toward Muslims.

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