As usual, the American Muslimah was offended because I criticize Muhammad, so she told me to respect her religion. This always sounds odd to me, since the Qur'an obviously has no respect for me or for my religion. Interestingly, however, she seemed to have no clue that the Qur'an condemns core Christian beliefs.
Telling me that the Qur'an doesn't condemn Christianity is baffling, to say the least, but watch what happens when I bring up a verse that proves her wrong:
I asked her to read Qur'an 9:30, but she apparently thinks 9:30 is irrelevant, because of Qur'an 2:62. Let's have a look at these verses:
Qur'an 2:62—Lo! Those who believe (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans - whoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right - surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
Qur'an 9:30—And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
There you have it. Even though the Qur'an calls on Allah to destroy us for our beliefs (9:30), the Qur'an isn't condemning our beliefs, because 2:62 says that Jews, Christians, and Sabaeans are okay with Allah. Of course, we have to start wondering whether the Qur'an is coherent, since it also says that the only religion acceptable to Allah is Islam:
Qur'an 3:85—And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.
But let's leave that aside for now.
Our Muslim friend went on to assure me that, according to the Qur'an, I'm a true believer:
I wanted to make sure I understood her correctly, so I asked for clarification:
As I pointed out, if I am a true believer, then the Qur'an completely contradicts itself. Consider a few verses:
Qur'an 4:65—But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad SAW) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.
Qur'an 5:17—They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then can do aught against Allah, if He had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He createth what He will. And Allah is Able to do all things.
Qur'an 5:51—O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.
Qur'an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Qur'an 33:36—It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys God and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.
Qur'an 98:6—Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.
According to 4:65 and 33:36, true believers must submit to Muhammad's decisions. I don't submit to Muhammad's decisions, and yet I'm still a true believer, according to the Westernized Islamic interpretation of 2:62.
According to 5:17, anyone who affirms the deity of Christ is an unbeliever. I affirm the deity of Christ, and yet I'm still a true believer, according to the Westernized Islamic interpretation of 2:62.
According to 98:6, Christians who reject Muhammad are "the worst of creatures." Muslims aren't allowed to be friends with us (5:51). Indeed, Muslims are commanded to violently subjugate us until we pay them money (9:29). Nevertheless, I'm still a true believer, according to the Westernized Islamic interpretation of 2:62.
It seems that, no matter what I do, I'm still a true believer, according to Westernized Muslims. This means, of course, that they think I'll be going to an Islamic paradise when I die. But I don't want to spend eternity deflowering young virgins. Indeed, I find the Islamic view of paradise to be absolutely repulsive.
But perhaps that's the point. By sending me to an Islamic paradise, Allah would be punishing me by giving me something so radically inferior to the Christian view of heaven. An Islamic paradise would be hell to a follower of Jesus Christ.