At the end, they reveal that these lines were actually from Christianity's holy book, not that of Islam, much to the bewilderment of those caught on camera. The video has garnered more than 2 million views since it was uploaded Friday.
Here are some of the passages the comedians highlight:
"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.""A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.""If two men sleep with each other they will both have to be killed."
To no great surprise, the people interviewed are not impressed and wonder aloud that violence is ingrained in Islam. Some even suggest that the Bible is a more "positive" and "less harsh" religious tract.
This echoes a strain of thought now peddled by some prominent analysts and politicians, who pin the root causes of Islamist militancy on the fundamental nature of Islam itself — rather than more recent historical and political factors that have led to the rise of extremism in certain corners of the world.
As the video shows, though, all ancient religious texts carry language that we would now find disturbing.
"It's all just prejudice really. I always try not to be prejudiced myself, but apparently I already am," concludes one of the people hoodwinked by the experiment.
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