1. I would choose to study both religions because I think there is much wisdom in both religious branches. Even an atheist might find something interesting and useful both in the Bible and in the Quran. “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (The Holy Bible).
2. I would agree that Islam is a peaceful religion, because it is based in the Quran, which promotes right things to do like “And tell my servants that they should speak in a most kindly manner (unto those who do not share their beliefs) Verily, Satan is always ready to stir up discord between men; for verily; Satan is mans foe .... Hence, We have not sent you (Unto men O Prophet) with power to determine their Faith” (The Quran). Although the Quran has contradicting views, there is no compulsion neither in Islam nor in Christianity. The two religions are intolerant to each other only in the respect of the world to come, since the Bible implies that only Christians will go to heaven, and the according to the Quran, only Islam is the religion that will be accepted by God. But the religions do not encourage to take aggressive actions. The problem is that the books are interpreted in different ways. The politics causes a lot of troubles, but not religion.
3. I do not think that Muslims should be given this option, because this law is extremely intrusive and strict, penetrating not only private lives and private beliefs, but also public behaviors. Medieval laws of cutting of the hand for a theft or death sentence for criticizing the Quran, or horrible treatment of women, cannot function in American democratic society. “Fight for the sake of God those that fight against you, but do not attack them first. God does not love the aggressors” (the Quran).
4. I think that Islam influence will continue to grow the US because there is a growing number of Muslim Americans and the tolerance towards them is highly promoted. Muslims have already conducted their prayers in the U.S. Capitol building, although there is a growing number Muslim mosques in the United States, as well as all over the world. There is more Muslim Americans in government already, what will facilitate Muslim influence in the United States strongly. “Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power to do so.” (The Quran)
5. The most ineffective method of reaching out to Muslims is criticizing the Quran and their religion. If there is something to argue about it should be made very polite and tactful, so that not to offend their religious feelings.“This Book is not to be doubted.... As for the unbelievers, it is the same whether or not you forewarn them; they will not have faith. God has set a seal upon their hearts and ears; their sight is …