The Quran-Bible prank by Dutch pranksters leaves people in splits, video reaches 2 million YouTube views

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A fragment of a Koran manuscript is photographed in the library at the University of Birmingham in Britain July 22, 2015. Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Dutch pranksters Sacha Harland and Alexander Spoor have proved that people might be knowing the names of holy books Bible and Quran but most are not aware of their contents. The two have scored a YouTube hit where they ask people on the streets to give their views on some shocking verses in the Bible. However, the pranksters disguised the Bible and named it “The Holy Quran.”

“Muslims have been accused of following a faith that has no place in our Western culture. What about Christianity? A religion that has influenced our culture greatly,” says the pair in the video, who owns a YouTube channel called “Dit Is Normaal,” reports The Telegraph.

The video that the pair named “The Holy Quran Experiment,” was posted on Friday and has since then crossed 2 million views. The highlighted verses that they describe as “shocking verses that are in great contrast with our western norms and values,” saw amazing reactions by the people. Moreover, the ones who fell for the prank couldn’t hold their laughter once it was disclosed that the verses are actually from Bible, reports Stuff.co.nz.

Here are some of the verses that Harland and Spoor showed the public. They are verses dealing with homosexuality, role of women and obedience to God.

One of the passages dealing with homosexuality read – “If two men sleep with each other they will both have to be killed."

The verse about role of women read – “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.”

Regarding obedience to God, the verse read – “If you reject my commands and abhor my laws, you will eat the flesh of your own sons and the flesh of your own daughters.”

The reactions were amazing and varied from indignation to shock. One passerby said that if someone is raised reading such a book and thoughts, it will surely affect the way one thinks. Another passerby commented saying that the passages seem to be oppressive and force one to believe what “they” want to believe. To one, the verses seemed ridiculous while a woman was intensely shocked and said it is unbelievable how anyone can believe in such violent preaching.

When people were asked the difference between Bible and Quran, a passerby said that the Bible was way less harsh and more peaceful. A woman also said that Muslims need to adapt to the changing world. Another participant talked about the violence in Bible vs. Quran and said he is bothered by the fact that some people still consider old writings as absolute truth. Till then no one had a clue that the verses were actually from Bible. One even said that the Bible had mostly positive things written.

At this point, the two revealed their prank. The participants, who were up till now confident that the verses were from the Quran, were left utterly embarrassed and in splits. “Seriously?!” and “What the hell!” were some of the common reactions.

“It's all just prejudice really. I always try not to be prejudiced myself, but apparently I already am. It's just something you do unconsciously,” a participant said.

The video is a YouTube hit. Watch the video here.

 

Source: YouTube/ Dit Is Normaal

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