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Voltaire on Islam and Christianity – Does Kancha Ilaiah Agree with him ?

VoltaireKancha Ilaiah presents himself as a modern day Voltaire in a TV9 interview “Murali Krishna Encounter with Kancha Ilaiah – TV 9 “!
…and media doesn’t question whether he agrees with Voltaire on his views
Voltaire on Christianity
His comments on Christianity ” In a letter to Frederick II, King of Prussia, dated 5 January 1767, he wrote about Christianity:
La nôtre [religion] est sans contredit la plus ridicule, la plus absurde, et la plus sanguinaire qui ait jamais infecté le monde.
“Our [religion] is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think. … My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out..
Voltaire on Islam
Voltaire’s views about Islam remained negative; he considered the Qur’an to be ignorant of the laws of physics. In a 1740 letter to Frederick II of Prussia, Voltaire ascribes to Muhammad a brutality that “is assuredly nothing any man can excuse” and suggests that his following stemmed from superstition and lack of enlightenment. Voltaire continued in his letter, “But that a camel-merchant should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried to heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder; that, to pay homage to this book, he delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has not extinguished all natural light in him.”
Voltaire on Hinduism 
Voltaire comments on the sacred texts of the Hindus, the Vedas,
“The Veda was the most precious gift for which the West had ever been indebted to the East.”
Contrary to Voltaire, Kancha Ilaiah has great respect for Christianity and Islam and Vedic texts as oppressive texts.
Kancha Ilaiah is a liar who hides behind great people like Voltaire to present himself as a free thinker.  
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