Propaganda and Islam: What you’re not Being Told

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Written by Justin King TheAntiMedia

 

Propaganda is the wheel by which the government steers the bus of a nation; typically driving it into war or off the cliff of humanity. It is amazing to see how many people who are otherwise rational human beings will blindly follow the herd on the matter of how subhuman a perceived national enemy is. Image credit:braveandboldthinking

The western media wonderfully paints Islam as a death cult bent on world domination. Over and over again the American populace is shown footage of the atrocities committed by fanatics or of Arab men burning American flags. The problem, of course, is that this isn’t remotely representative of the Islamic population of the world. Are there Muslims who employ terrorism? Of course. Are there Christians who employ terrorism? Of course. There are even Buddhists who employ terrorism.

Some general facts about Islam might help break the noose of wartime propaganda that rests around America’s neck. Below are a list of statements this journalist has seen in the last week on social media, followed by the data to put that statement in perspective.

“All [or most] Muslims are terrorists.”

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. The much-discussed ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) organization, which has been described as the “richest terrorist group in the world” can only field between 7,000 and 15,000 troops in its battle to create a fundamentalist homeland. Even taking the highest estimate of their troop strength means that fewer than 1 out of every 106,000 Muslims from all over the world are actually willing to take up arms and fight for the fundamentalist dream. The Iraqi army, however, can field 250,000 soldiers to fight against that fundamentalist vision. That figure does not include irregular forces allied to the Iraqi army. The premise that all Muslims are terrorists falls flat by a mere study of the numbers. It isn’t a majority of Muslims. It isn’t even 1% of Muslims.

“Muslims want Sharia law.”

While many Muslims believe in Sharia law, what is considered Sharia law is not universal. In Lebanon, which has been considered a hotbed of Islamic terrorism ever since the bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, 38% of Muslims don’t even believe it is the Word of God. Among those that do believe it to be the direct Word of God, only 29% believe in making it the legal system for the country, and a majority of Lebanese Muslims don’t believe Sharia law should apply to non-Muslims.  Even among those that believe whole-heartedly in Sharia law, they don’t necessarily believe in some of the more violent aspects. The crime of adultery is punishable by stoning under some forms of Sharia law. Some quick and simple math shows that in Lebanon, less than 3% of Muslims believe that punishment should be applied to the population at large. Meanwhile in America’s heartland, a political candidate has advocated or silently endorsed the idea of stoning homosexuals.  The vast majority of Muslims believe that Sharia law should be used to settle family or property disputes among Muslims.

Some countries have higher rates of belief in using Sharia law, and some have lower. Lebanon was chosen because it falls in the middle as far as averages go.

“They beat their women.”

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First, the very phase “their women” suggests that the individual might fall close to the more radical elements of Islam in regards to the belief that women are property. Yes, some Muslim men beat “their women.” In the United States 25% of women will be beaten by “their men” in their lifetime. This is not an Islamic issue, this is an issuerising from the idea that women are property and somehow belong to the men. If this is justification for war, the United States might consider invading Belfast, where 60 cases of domestic violence are reported daily.

“They are stuck in the Stone Age, and they want to stay there.”

This statement marginalizes the thousands of Muslim men and women who sit in prison for attempting to change their government and those that died in the attempt. Political prisoners throughout the Arab world sit rotting away for attempting to bring about change in their nations. They are Muslims. Four Saudi Princesses are currently being starved to death by the King for speaking out in favor of women’s rights. Countless journalists and bloggers sit behind bars for questioning their governments. The US government continually props up these brutal dictatorships with multi-million dollar arms deals and keeps the power in the hands of those that don’t want change.

“Muhammad was a pedophile and his wife was only 6 [or 7].”

Most historians agree that Aisha and Muhammad were married after she reached puberty. They place her age, on average, around 13 years old at the time of marriage, though she may have been betrothed to him much earlier. Americans need to keep in mind that while they might not have heard of Islam prior to September 11th, Muhammad lived in the early 600s A.D. It might surprise them to learn that marriage at such an early age was extremely common not only in the Arab world, but the Western world as well. King John of England married a12-year-old around 1198. Romeo’s love, Juliet, was only 13. No subset of people is more hated in the West than pedophiles. An attempt to cast the founder of the perceived enemy as a pedophile would certainly benefit the war effort.

“Muslims take child brides and rape children.”

Does it occur in the Muslim world? Sure. It occurs in the United States as well, typically deep in America’sheartland. The Catholic Church is well-known for its abuse of the youth. Again this is a worldwide issue, not an Islamic one. There is not a single Middle Eastern country listed among the top 20 nations with a high prevalence of child brides.

Conclusion:

Most of the information that is spread via social media is simply not accurate. It only serves to plant the idea in the American psyche that somehow the United States must save the Muslims from themselves. The goal of this propaganda is to make Americans believe that Muslims are somehow lesser people. After all, it’s easier to condemn people to die in air strikes if they aren’t really human. Before clicking the share or retweet button on an inflammatory article, try to determine if the information being presented is an accurate portrayal of the Muslim world, or if you are simply furthering the government’s march towards war.

The Islamic world is not without its problems. The struggle for equal rights for women and homosexuals continues to meet roadblock after roadblock on the streets of Amman, Damascus, Riyadh, and Tehran; however, if the United States seeks to use this as justification for intervention, maybe it should invade Mississippi orArkansas.

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232 COMMENTS

    • IT’S SAME IN THE US. NOT ALL US PEOPLE ARE BAD. A WHOLE LOT MORE AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE IN VICTIMS BEING HARMED BUT THE SMALL AMOUNT WITH ALL THE POWER DO. SO NOT ALL AMERICANS ARE BAD JUST THEIR GOVERNMENT. BUT I REMEMBER ISAMS BASHING ALL AMERICANS. SO WHAT DO WE DO WE GET ALL THE WE THE PEOPLES TOGETHER AND STOP THIS. BUT WE HAVE TO GET ON THE RIGHT PAGE OF WHO IS IN POWER.

      • llonewolf as a Muslim we don’t judge all Americans not sure whether you have seen the experiment when a guy was being racists
        To a shop attented who was Muslim in your the USA it was a serving American soldier just back Iraq stuck up for the Muslim against the redneck so yes your right not all Americans are bad I’ve some amazing people from America

    • There was no religion in the Stone Age so please do not insult hunter gatherers and perpetuate the cave man myth with your religious assumptions about human history, is this website not about the truth?

      • Actually Paul, if we’re talking about the early human population of the “stone age” or neolithic period (c. 9000 BCE) then yes, there is plenty of academic evidence that religious practices did exist.This was a pivotal time too when the hunter / gatherer method was still in place but humans were moving towards gradually becoming stationary creatures. Places like Golbeki Tepe have plenty of evidence to suggest this. Perhaps it wasn’t an organized religion as we are used to today, but it was there. Just a thought. Have a great day! 🙂

    • Shame to those who make Muslims to be seen as terrorists through their actions and propaganda.America and western have created terrorism and now they blame on us, they are financing it and provide training to terrorists.Thanks for a light.

    • In case this is your first time to see one of my posts, it is not rocket science.

      In the United States we are not citizens of the world.

      In the United States we have always had a respect for human life, children, and women.

      You will not find that in any of the nations of the United Nations with Islamic Law, nor will you find a tolerance for other kinds of religion there, Freedom of Speech, or the Freedom of the Press.

      Karma

      You reap what you sow.

      effect from cause

      the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences

      Karma is that peaceful happy feeling you get when you do a good dead or give a giff.

      In our world you can with each word and with each action share love with each person you meet or do something evil.

      That has always been your only choice.

      Karma is that horrible gristly beast that you will face one day if you choose to do evil, it will catch up with you in this life or where you go after this life.

      I promise you, if Karma doesn’t make you pay for your evil deeds in this life, you will not like at all what happens next.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma

      Law of Cause & Effect:

      The Law of Cause & Effect states that absolutely everything happens for a reason. All actions have consequences and produce specific results, as do all LawCauseEffect2inactions. The choices we make are causes, whether they are conscious or unconscious, and will produce corresponding outcomes or effects. The Law works the same for everyone at all times.

      Distilled down to the simplest possible terms, this Law states that for every outcome or effect in one’s life, there is a specific cause; poor diet and exercise habits result in poor health, constant and uncontrolled spending results in debt and money worries, not putting effort into your key relationships results in poor relationships and all of the associated issues.

      The quantum physics article on this web site will assist you in gaining a full understanding of this law. Remember that this law is not the same as the law of attraction, this is about what you put out (cause) will have a result (effect). The trick is to know which one you are using at any one point in time, and when you do to use it properly.
      The law can also be applied in the physical sense through examination of Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion, which states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” If, for example, you were to hold your hand over a candle’s flame (the cause) the effect would be that your hand would burn and it would hurt! While this is an extreme example, it serves to illustrate the point very well.

      Consider another situation which is specific to business. Imagine that your business is so successful you cannot keep up with the demand – a nice problem to have! Eventually, the levels of customer service deteriorate as your staff attempts to cope with the problem. You receive complaints and employee morale begins to suffer.
      At this point, you have a choice to make – try to muddle through with the existing situation or hire more people. This is a difficult decision as there are many unknowns when hiring – will you get the right person, will he / she be part of the solution or part of the problem, what will happen to your cash flow etc.

      Barack Obama should not call ISIS the ISIL. They are the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Islamic because they are Muslims, IS because they come from Iraq and Syria, they were never Rebels, they were always Terrorists.

      You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

      Get the United States out of the United Nations.

      Arrest Barack Obama for Treason.

      Shred and burn Barack Obama’s Executive Orders.

      Fire every person in Barack Obama’s Administration.

      Not one Incumbent in the United States.

      Merry Christmas.

      Without Christ, December 25 is just a day, not a holiday.

      • You are an idiot. So ignorant that it is hard for me to even know where to start…

        If the U.S. has such a respect for human life, women, and children, then please do clear some things up for me:

        Why are there so many homeless veterans who do not receive the help they need? Homeless people in general are dying all the time when there are more than enough empty houses to house them all five or six times over.

        Children are starving and living on the streets here. Public school children are denied lunch and made to go hungry if they do not have money to pay for lunch. That does not seem like respect to me!

        Women are objectified by the media, used for sex, and paid less in the workforce than men are for doing the exact same jobs. America has a rape culture that is beyond disgusting, where rapists go free and victims are blamed. Shit, it seems to me that ‘Murican’s want women wearing the head to toe black sacks so that *gasp!* God forbid a man sees bare legs and can’t control his pathetic cock and rapes her! It’s her fault; if she had been wearing a sheet, she wouldn’t have tempted him!

        You seem as ignorant about your own religion as you do about everything else as well. Even religious scholars know that December 25th is absolutely NOT the day that Christ was born (IF he even lived in the first place, which has also not been proven). However, Jesus would have been ashamed of you personally, for accusing Muslims of being terrible people, while allowing atrocities to happen to people in your own home country. Sure, he would have forgiven you, since that’s how he rolled, but he also would not condemn innocent Muslims.

        Seriously, dude; pull your head out of your ass and take a look at the world around you. You might learn something… -_-

        • It is not the American people who have left Veterans homeless, children starving, women objectified. Those things have been done by the members of our rogue Corporate owned government!

          This article lacks a historical perspective and the is blind to the real impetus behind the jihad movement.

          • Excellent point. The call to jihad predates any US presence in the middle east. It is at it’s core a religious tenet.

        • ok lets clear this bullshit up. In EVERY state, public schools have a free and reduced lunch program so there are NO starving children in school. It has been reported the school lunch is the only meal some children get.

          As to the so called rape culture in the US, I can assure this problem is much worse in Islamic countries. Show me one case where a rapist has gone free and the victim was blamed in a case where a rape actually occurred, because there are plenty of case where a woman screamed rape only to discover she lied.

          As to “veterans dying in the streets”, prove it. If they do it’s because they don’t ask for help. The V.A. has programs for that as well. There are low to zero interest loans available to Vets, all they need do is apply. Get your facts straight before you make ridiculous claims.

          Women are objectified by television because since the beginning of television it was learned that sex sells. These women are also paid very well for their adds. The women who don’t like it, don’t do it. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. I personally don’t care to see it as I view porn as defiling the moral fabric of any population, but we have basic human rights which means as long as they don’t hurt anyone they have a right to make it. Doesn’t mean I have to watch it or agree with it, but those who do have a right to it.

          We all know December 25 was not Christ’s actual birthday, it was taken to cover a pagan holiday. The birthday of Jesus was never recorded so no one living knows. However, even Muslims believe Jesus lived, they just believe him to be a profit, not the son of God.

          Most Christians are not the hate filled, child molesting, imbeciles you have been led to believe they are. Now that that has been cleared up, pull YOUR head out of your ass and get busy leading a productive life instead of listening to the ridiculous stories anonymous puts out, most of which have been proven false with just a little fact checking.

          Have a great day

      • I actually feel a little dumber after reading your comments. Obviously you do not possess the adequate brain cells to formulate your own thoughts. I don’t have enough time to point out the absurdities in your comments. I would strongly suggest you spend the same amount of time researching historical facts as you spent on reading about Karma. Oh, and, Karma isn’t be very good to you. By commenting on an article about historical truths with rantings about Karma, Karma highlighted your ignorance.

    • I don’t see any Christian terrorist flags flying around. Islam has a government model built into its religion that cannot co-exist with free societies. It’s just a fact. A lot of people that claim to be peaceful muslims are not actually muslim by the Qurans definition or they are liars or are just people that call themselves muslim (or possibly just Sunni Muslims). Which is fine.

  1. “It isn’t a majority of Muslims. It isn’t even 1% of Muslims.”

    Then fucking POLICE YOUR OWN! If you are unwilling to do anything about it, you might as well not exist.

        • Koz and heIS you both are not wiser, here it is true that there are Jews who are also covered with the ISIS and Muslims, and that is why some say that it is only Muslims are behind the attacks on the whole earth, but I do not agree with this because that governments must themselves pay terrorists to benefit from it later, so did September 11, 2001 attack on the WTC, the US government itself to make an attack on the towers, because he knew they were insured for the money that his head hurt, because there are meetings Bohemian Groove and from some owl are roasted alive people? how do you think that there are those kidnapped people? where ? Exactly, they are kidnapped by various spec of service and do their own experiments, and later releasing people to think that it was a UFO kidnapped and left their marks on the skin

          • Anon84. Riddle me this. If Jews hate ISIS, then why does Israel give them medical treatment when they are injured? Why is it that ISIS has NEVER raised a hand against Israel? Why, after France declared their recognition of Palestine, did ISIS attack them? Why, when Belgian is set to recognize Palestine, were they attacked by ISIS? How about all the attacks against MUSLIMS that ISIS has been responsible for, such a Lebanon, Turkey, etc? Again, WHY does ISIS attack countries who ally themselves with Palestine, when ISIS says they support Palestine? Again, why ISIS never attacks Israel???

      • Actually hes not. If 1% of a group causes problems, then it goes without saying that the remaining 99% should act on that 1%. Why muslims are not more active against fundamentals can be interpreted as agreeing with them.
        If you dont understand this – then you are the idiot.

        • Id say that in the US, the percentage being extremists is much higher than 1%. The extremists being the war mongers, racists, hate mongers, gun obsessed angry white males that shoot up public places, the radical right wing etc… Id say that these nuts would be closer to300-40% of the population. Why is the 70% not “more active” against these crazies? Are you agreeing with them? Clearly you didn’t do enough or prob anything to stop your tax dollars rom paying for the illegally invasion, and brutal destruction of Iraq, a country that did not do anything. Americans have way more dirt and blood on their hands than any muslim group does. Police your own and stop destroying other countries cuz that radcilizes them and motivates them to bring the war to your cities.

        • we do try. we cannot get into politics because you all think we are terrorists. countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh do not have and of the resources needed to fight the 1% because of the civil wars and the lack of money. Us Muslim locals living in the united kingdon and everywhere else speak out against the terrorists, but our words dont reach very far because the media does not want people to know the truth about Islam.
          i do not mean to disrespect you in any way btw.
          the muslim scholars in Makkah speak out against terrorism. the Quran condemns violence against the innocent.
          isis have killed more muslims than any other religious group.

        • Ever heard of the concept of different country? Or do you honestly think that ALL Muslims are under a single administration and management entity?

          All this debacle, for anyone even barely open to the realm of trickery that is “politics”, are reek of heavy manipulation, yet you choose to ignore it and keep blaming other elements, because for stupid and ignorant people, blaming others is a lot easier (hey, its a fact, look up your psychology literature, mainly about mass mentality)

          If you cannot even comprehend that your logic is faulty, then I have no more to say to you or your ilk.

        • So why ent caucasians turning on the police that killing the blacks in the USA.Are They agreeing with there actions too. Understand that idiots

        • this is so fucking ignorant like, would YOU want to fight ISIS when you’ve got a family to care for? please, shut up, you have NO IDEA of the situation these people are facing in their home countries. do you think every Muslim somehow has military training? AND THERE ARE SEVERAL MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPEAK OUT AGAINST ISLAMIC EXTREMISM. A very quick google search of “Muslim organizations speaking against isis” will yield thousands of results, but apparently you’re lacking enough brain cells to rub together and do so.

        • Many Muslim countries tried to stand against these extremist. Pakistan and Afghanistan for exaple tried to fight against Al-Qaeda for years and all they got is a civil war and a lot of dead innocent ppl because no matter what they do the terrorist organization always over power them and they just keep coming and some how they have a budget and an arm power that seem to be endless

          • Ok… this is where I have a problem. You claim that there are 1.5 billion Muslims. Only 1% are extremist… then how can 1% easily beat the crap out of the 99% so that you just give up trying? Someone’s numbers are lying!

          • They are always armed because rich Western countries constantly supply them with weapons in order to keep the entire middle east destabilized and on the brink of chaos and collapse.

            How else will we get at all that oil? Don’t worry, not everyone thinks that Muslims are solely to blame for the state of that part of the world, and not everyone is too blind to see that America is full of corruption, poverty, inequality, and terrorists too.

            Even some Americans see what is really going on. Why don’t we do something about it? The same reasons. Media lies, misinformation, propaganda, the fear of war and innocent lives being taken…

            It is the same thing that happens all over the world, in all countries run by corrupt, greedy, regimes; America only appears to be different. Under the surface our ordinary citizens are just as screwed as the citizens of other countries all over the world. American freedom is a LIE.

      • Koz I think you are the idiot> it is he silence of the Muslim majority that is most frightening. How many Muslim countries can you name that are governed by the so called moderate Muslim

    • “Your own” – if I’m a Muslim sitting in Bangladesh, what am I supposed to do when the ISIS go about their daily horrific acts in Iraq in Syria, other than condemning it and protesting?

      • So condem it or protest it but most do nothing
        As faras the gun obsessed white males I didn’t see where you said anything about the overwhelming number of shootings and murders in African American neighborhoods Chicago for instance way aren’t you speaking out about that also

      • No idea what to do? Join the military and fight them. Look up 442 battalion and the 100th. All comprised of Asian Americans fighting their own. The Japanese. My uncles and dad served for America fighting our “own”. Idiots and scared lazy ppl come up with the excuse., “what can I really do?” Terrible and cowardly. Btw 442 and 100th killed more Japanese than any American battalion. Swallow that, understand the truth and stop making excuses.

    • Ok 1% of Americans rule the country of America. We all know it and can’t do anything about it. So I understand how 1%can ruin it for an entire population.

    • He is absolutely correct… “He who is silent is said to consent”. So… those calling him “Stupid!”… take action instead of just name calling. It shows your lack of intelligence.

  2. Police your own american military that’s in Japan raping women by the 100s or any of the others around the world doing the same police your KKK , don’t tell me to clean my yard if yours is fucked up

    • Yes. And because of that atrocity Japanese Americans stepped up to clean their own race. It’s called taking responsibility. 442 and 100th battalion comprised of only Japanese Americans killed more Japanese than any American battalion in WW2. Take responsibility for your own, and that doesn’t mean going on fb trolling talking about sides. Get out there and kill your own race if they are stupid. Period.

      • What you are stating is from WW2 what he is stating is if a small minority of people are responsible for cleaning up the mess of the people then we are doing a piss poor job of that ourselves. We are not cleaning up the mess of our extremist. We are not cleaning up the mess of the worst elements of our society. If 1 in 100,000 people are terrorist in a faith group. well your odds are the same to die from jogging as you are to run into a fundamentalist Islamic Terrorist. Should you stop jogging because its scary. Should we police the joggers for there own safety or start a campaign against jogging. People get so worked up over these things. Hell you are way more likely to die in a car accident. So when is enough enough, when does fear become paranoia. When does the actions a few become the requirement of the many to deal with. When was the last time you went out and stopped someone from being raped or assaulted. Police your own of shut up.

  3. the 1.599+ Muslims are like the “good” cops. You can’t actually be good if you are unwilling to actively participate in the removal those that kill or physically oppress, or enslave those of your own ilk.

    Most of those that say this about Muslims ignore this fact, just as the politicians and “good” cops ignore/support/etc. the killer cops, part of their ilk.

    That is reality Anon, not what you propose. You see, when the casket is closed it makes no difference if it was a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, black, white, yellow, red or polkadot. And when you set in silence or justify those that set in silence then you are wrong.

  4. I actually agree with all the comments

    All Muslims are NOT terrorists

    But the 99% that remains does nothing to change shits, so Muslims, and Christians are at fault, neither do their home policing, before you care about the straw in the eye of the other, get out that damn tree you have stuck in your own eye

    Food for thought

    • Okay… So what you are saying is that only Muslims and Christians must résolve their “own problems”
      But it seems that you forgot that this is not only a religious one ! It’s the entire humanity’s problem !!!
      What about all the sins that American criminals did all over the world ? Did they ALL get punished by America only ?!
      Also don’t forget that these terrorists that are called “muslims” are not anymore once they become murderers. So they gavé nothing to do with the islamic comunity !
      Seriously, think about it.

  5. this sounds like a child screaming ” I know I did, but you did too!” Most people know that 2 wrongs do not make a right. Show me the christiians beheading masses of people and posting it online, while hundreds more cheer them on. Show me the Jews stoning their daughters because the looked at the wrong boy. I can give you a hundred videos of Muslims doing these things anytime.

    Keep your 7th century religeon and mentality away from the civilized world, bafore we all decide there needs to be an ethnic cleansing.

      • No, you’re just a brainwashed idiot, all this multiculturalism and shit they teach you in school is a load of bullshit, we should all stick with our won cultures…

          • yes let’s compare what Christians did in the bible with what is going on today. Good argument. Lol.

            Because we haven’t learned anything over time. Smh

    • What about Christian American soldiers going into Muslim countries and creating Abu Ghraib all over the place? What about the bombing using drones?

      What about the fact in Hasidic areas the women are forbidden from driving?

      Lastly, Muslims do not kill their daughters en masse: this is only your Islamophobic fantasy.

    • An “ethnic cleansing” wow, well if that isn’t straight out of the mouth of a terrorist. You’re obviously a hypocrite and clearly an idiot to boot.

      • Here’s the solution: keys eliminate religion all together, religion this days cause more grief than good, Jesus was not God, Allah is bit God, Buddha is not God and so on, if you want to believe in God, believe in yourself, when you stop to think about, we are all miracles. Even here, where we supposed to have open minds, religion is causing argument. Unite as one people and forget all religion, it is toxic and make no difference after we die. There is no heaven or mountains of poppies after we are gone!!! Food for thought.

    • I can show you masses of christians illegally invading adn brutally destroying countries and massacreing entire families. You guys sanitize it by calling it “flawed foreign policy” You are the problem not them.

  6. See i have nothing against muslims or you know followers of Islam as such. They are also just following the religion they were born into. But the trutg of the matter is that muslims (good people though they are) are sometimes irrationally defensive about themselves and their contemporary politics. Many of them would be well educated and know that their are flaws kn their religion but wouldn’t publicly accept that or be willing to change. People mught not want to follow the sharia law but the fact is that saudi follows sharia law. The fact remains that they are easily rallied by some fanatic leaders. Even the other religions have their flaws. But somehow i believe muslims across the world have inculcated this victim mentality and go back into the shell of their religion whenever they feel threatened. A manifestation of this is pretty clear in india. Although a lot of educated and peace loving muslims leave here, they have reduced their religion to the diktat of the clergy.
    Last of all i believe it’s time we gave up looking into the past to sanction the actions of today. What happened or did not happen a centure ago doesn’t matter. We need to get ober this childish human tendency.

      • Sorry, but religion is being created by humans which are far from perfect. Therefore religion cannot be perfect, hence as every person is different, they will interpret religion differently, so there will be wars as long there is religion.

      • Which inherently makes RELIGION itself a highly dangerous practice! In other words all you are saying is– “warning when parcticed inappropriately, may cause harm to others and/or genocide.”

      • There is no such a thing as perfect religion. All religion are defective, think about it, if it was so good, you wouldn’t have to argue about it… Comparison: get 1.000.000 people and feed them the best ice-cream. Unless someone is lactose intolerant, I guarantee, the great majority will agree. That this is damn good ice-cream, Noone have to go around saying: hey if you don’t like this ice-cream, you are fked or you didn’t eat properly or whatever. Isn’t religion supposed to be food for our souls (my soul is full of love and I don’t have to cheat with unnecessary religion) so if it is supposed to be food for our souls, let’s respect everybody else tastes and as long you are not harming anybody, anything or yourself, do whatever you want, God dammit we are sentient beings, so let’s act like it…

  7. I regards pertaining this matter, we have seen no brutal religion as is Islam.
    You can’t have a never ending list of “leaders” misinterpreting the Quran. All these clerics have strong Muslim backgrounds and deeply understand the “divine” word, therefore they orchestrate what it says, murder of kafirs.
    Abu musad, Osama, ayman Zawahiri, the list continues all know clearly what the prophet would have done in this era , butcher non Muslims, and that’s what they do.
    See http://www.bibleprobe.com/muhammad for the true face of the prophet that you didn’t know.
    The problem stems from Islam’s core teaching.

    • Okay yeah, let’s all look at a page called “bible probe” to learn about the prophet of Islam, because that’s not going to be biased at all is. Non Muslims need to take their blinkers off and start to accept that they may just be wrong about Islam, it’s a peaceful religion. Muslims have the utmost respect for Jesus, he is a prophet in Islam, but do they get the same respect given their own prophet no, they get disrespect. People fear Islam because deep down they know it’s a more peaceful religion, and it makes more sense, than their own.

  8. the issue with islam is that your religion is based on old militaristic concepts. you stone women to death when they commit wrong doings. i’m a roman catholic and our concept is to throw stones whoever has not sinned. just compare the compassion differences. there may a lot of christians or jews who commit worse acts but we don’t punish them by religion. we punish them trough 21st century compassionate logic in order to attain “just” cause.

    human beings have dark sides. but islam makes people worse. your concept of the world is similar to those of 7 year olds who haven’t opened up their eyes and matured their minds. another issue is that you read your quran literally. i haven’t read it and no plans reading it at all, but i bet there’s a line similar to the holy Bible saying women came from a man’s rib or side. hello! this is a status symbol people… it means we are of the same origin. if there’s a word “side” it’s similar to the expression “whose side are you on?”. it’s a status symbol… if we roman catholics read our Bible literally, then the saying “become one flesh” during marriage, then the bride and groom would look like aliens merging together.

    i’d suggest you leave your old ways and be part of the new. open up your eyes and see the cruelty you people are creating. and if you’re wondering how i treat adulterous women? i follow the importance of our 10 commandments in descending order along with logic. i’m a roman catholic and a true christian. always will.

    • You’ve never read th Qur’an and yet you are giving people lecture about you religion,the Qur’an doesn’t need you to read it

      • I’ll do it once I get at least a hundred, non-contradicting reasons to read it. For one, that you’re treating your own people equally, especially women. Here, I’ll give you an excerpt from a woman “Having to walk around like a blob, covered head-to-toe; getting their clitoris carved out and getting sewn almost completely shut; being denied an education or the right to work in a “gender mixing” job; verbal, physical and sexual abuse; running the risk of getting killed for any number of horrific “crimes” such as looking at a boy, talking to men on the street if they aren’t relatives, wearing Western clothing, not wearing a hijab, having a boyfriend, refusing to marry a stranger, getting raped… If this is what “precious” means, I’m glad I’m not so precious”.

        If you’re asking how Catholics treat women? We do treat them equally as from the Bible “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”.

        Now, compare that to your so-called peaceful religion. Another reason, if someone doesn’t want your religion, then so be it. Let him live peacefully, as long as he’s not doing anything scary. Not to the point you slash their heads clean with a sword if they don’t want your religion!

        Oh, by the way stop comparing religion-US military, religion-US military coz it sounds ridiculous. US military is the US military and they have their own agendas. Just compare religion to religion.

        • You didn’t read Quran, even if you did you misinterpret the most of it. That’s ok. Cause Allah said:

          “Among those of the Jewish faith there are some who distort the meaning of the [revealed] words, taking them out of their context and saying, [as it were,] “We have heard, but we disobey,” and, “Hear without hearkening,” [59] and, “Hearken thou unto us, (O Muhammad)” – thus making a play with their tongues, and implying that the [true] Faith is false. [60] And had they but said, “We have heard, and we pay heed,” and “Hear [us], and have patience with us,” it would indeed have been for their own good, and more upright: but God has rejected them because of their refusal to acknowledge the truth – for it is in but few things that they believe.
          An-Nisa 4:46

          There are another fact that I realized if you actually read Quran you’d know a woman’s place is more respectable than a man. It’s the human who don’t apply things equally. Read this article if you are still curious.:

          http://www.islamswomen.com/articles/women_in_quran_and_sunnah.php

    • The Bible says the 2 shall become one flesh. It is true, the Bible does not lie. How do the 2 become one flesh in a literal way? THEY HAVE CHILDREN ! …… The child is the one flesh that they “become”. There are many things written in the Bible that people do not understand because they read the version of the Bible that they have been brought up with. The Bible you likely own has bee translated and transliterated. Get yourself a Strong’s concordance and look up the original words of any passage that you claim is incorrect, and you will find that it has been altered. The most blatant example of this is the name of YaHuWaH our creator. It has been changed to God everwhere. the word god (without a capital G) is a generic term. It could easily refer to Mercury, Venus, Zeus, Mars, money, fame, booze, drugs, etc. The gods of money and pride are the most prevalent and the most dangerous to our souls.

  9. If they would just shut up about how everything is insulting their religion, things might get better. But when you have muslims demanding that we change our culture and beliefs, that is when the shit hits the fan. When you have employees filing lawsuits against their employers because they sell pork products, that is when Americans say enough of this bullshit.

  10. Hmm… There are allready countries like Saudi Arabia where sharia law is practiced to the letter of the Quran and Hadith. In Saudi Arabia the state court sentence people to death by public beheading. Several people have been beheaded in public in the most holy muslim city of Mecca (a city that the peaceloving and tolerant muslims won’t let non muslims visit). Many have been beheaded for the “crimes” of apostacy, homosexuality and adultery.

    I think that the politicaly correct people would have been a bit more outraged if the christians started beheading people publicly in the square outside the St. Peter basilica in the Vatican city…

    • the saudi arabian government drink alchohol which is forbidden in Islam. that is all there is to say about their interpretation of the Qu’ran.

  11. What is the writer trying to say?
    Is it realy media or its the fact that we dont hear 1.6 bilion (99%) good Muslims jelling for peace? I dont belive in generalization of any nation or religion, but dame goese for the oposit. Each nation and religion needs to do some “house cleaning”. Now its Muslims turn…

  12. A great deal of money and lives are being expended to ‘save’ Muslims from their ‘fate’. Much of this has to do with the resources those areas provide and the extent the powers that be are willing to enter those areas because they will benefit from it. Look at other parts of the world that are in turmoil. Which ones have resources we are interested in? Which ones don’t?

  13. The western media wonderfully paints Islam as a death cult bent on world domination. Over and over again the American populace is shown footage of the atrocities committed by fanatics or of Arab men.

    mhmm… and their own actions does not help in anny way to paint that picture…
    watch and learn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEir8ORIks0

  14. US and the West deform Islam to get control on the Middle East .. Islam existed more than 1400 years ago .. Al-Qaeda and ISIS only appeared nowadays !! give Quran a fair reading and judge yourself .. Thank You for the fair article

    • How can you blame ISIS and Al-Qaeda for adhering to some of the more violent verses found in the Quran? Should these verses just be ignored? What is their place in the Quran?

      Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

      Quran (2:191) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.

      With any religious text, there is room for interpretation. But how else are these verses to be interpreted? The Quran may advocate compassion and love in some cases, but the fact that these extremely violent verses exist says something about the religion and it’s followers.

  15. This entire paragraph destroys and refutes the entire premise of your argument. The Muslims in power have defined Islam to the world with these actions:
    “This statement marginalizes the thousands of Muslim men and women who sit in prison for attempting to change their government and those that died in the attempt. Political prisoners throughout the Arab world sit rotting away for attempting to bring about change in their nations. They are Muslims. Four Saudi Princesses are currently being starved to death by the King for speaking out in favor of women’s rights. Countless journalists and bloggers sit behind bars for questioning their governments. The US government continually props up these brutal dictatorships with multi-million dollar arms deals and keeps the power in the hands of those that don’t want change.”

  16. The comments sections on anything at all to do with Islam, and especially what Americans say about us….its actually really hurtful. I know I shouldn’t care, but sometimes I see all the hatred and ignorance and feel like crying, because I know that without meeting me, or talking to me or knowing me at all, thousands of people out there hate me on sight and just assume a whole heap of nonsense about me. The propaganda war has been won.

      • Abdama is right – we may have lost some battles; but please do note concede the war. I am a white, American male with Christian parents. I want you to know I have nothing but love for my Muslim brothers and sisters. When I see “you,” not only do I not hate you on sight, but I wonder if there is anyway I can help accommodate you, because I personally also hate the bigotry – the other people, in my own country, acting and speaking so unjustly, making such broad, racist generalizations.

        You’re not hated by all. Sadly, it’s just the hateful ones who are most often the loudest. I do love you, my friend.

    • Im sorry so many of you go threw that hate and it breaks my heart.most americans dont understand the religion and are to biased to learn about. But there are a few that arent cold like that. Just know there are a few who are more opend minded and open hearted.

    • Hating people that are different from them is the American way. Its inherent in European people. Look at their history, look at their present. The world cant do anything to effect this, it is their internal disease they are born with and fed as children by their parents.

  17. Thank you for what you have posted. Many people consider Islam as a religion of terror but its not their fault. It’s the media and the “name sake” muslims who defame the religion.

    “The religion is perfect, the flaws come from the malpractice, thanks.”

    *hats off*

    • Anonymous, you claim to be anarchists but you defend the most deplorable theocratic heirarchy’s ever invented by man kind, you are the hypocrits.

  18. You are ALWAYS missing the point trying to defend muslims.

    For example “They beat their women” you say it happens in america too, but america tries to protect women while muslim laws and their sacred book doesnt.

    In “Muhammad was a pedophile and his wife was only 6 [or 7]” you justify it saying it WAS common. So its ok for you if theres people following lessons and morality from a pedophile from 600s A.D.?

    In “Muslims take child brides and rape children” you say “Other religions do it too!” so again do you think its ok?

    I can keep going but it hurts me to read and analyze these things. People like you just spread pain in the world

      • Islam is not bad. Its just that few million of followers eather got it wrong or didn’t understand it well.
        The thing is that i dont hear the remaing billion fighting or saying anything aginst those that are the reason for “bad name” that Muslim were taged with.So prove the “media” wrong

        • Rest assured the remaining billion are talking but the media doesn’t cover, the “media” love mocking, It’s more fun! and more money in their pockets eventually.

        • Have you actually read the koran?

          90% of the verses conain stuff about fucking up outsiders and nonbelivers

          im all for freedom of religon but that simply goes to far

          • Do you realise that the Koran is written in metaphors, it is not fucking literal. There are lots of things hidden in just a phrase. It isn’t something you can understand in a day you idiot and there are lots of interpretations and it all is not necessarily right.

    • I do not agree on the points as explained by the media !
      1) Muslims murder their children — Contrary to that , Islam when it started from Mecca , the first prohibition ordered was to stop the burying of children especially females that was a custom in Arabs before Islam . The arabs used to brutally kill their female children for they considered it as disgrace until Islam came in and gave rights to Women in Arabia and called this killing sinful and worthy of punishment . Here is the ayaat that clearly instructs that
      “And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. ” ( Surah Al-Asra . chapter 17 ) ! . Contrary to that , Islam also forbids killing of child via Prregnancy ( Abortion ) , so a religion that does that will never allow killing of children for sure . Contrary to that , infact most children are murdered in pregnancy in United states and west than in any Islamic country .
      2- Childhood marriages – It is a falsehood custom rather than part of Islam . Such customs were prevalent in Arabs , English , Indians everywhere . Islam only allows marriage when both male and female reach adulthood and in state of marriage ! The marriage happens with their opinion . This is done in Islam so that both at the age of adulthood refrain from committing adultery or rape that both lead to dreadful consequences !
      3- Rape children — I think thosw who make such statements are not actually known of the facts and figures . Islam has strict punishments for those that commit rape that includes lashes and hanging as well in Shariah Law. Adding so , many children face sexual abuse in west than in any Islamic country !
      And there are so many points for me to discuss each and every baseless allegations on Islam but one thing is please study a religion and for heavens sake do not interpret a religion based on its followers or so called followers. And one more thing , extremists have no religion ! They have killed ten times more muslims than non-muslims . How could a group claiming to be Islamic kill Muslims more than any other community , Needless to say it is a disgrace on humanity to connect such beasts and killers with any religion or group !

    • I am guessing that you might be of the Christian faith so I will respond based on that. If yes, could you please to the best of your ability let me know at what age Mary Mother of Jesus (pbuh) got married, and what was Joseph’s age was when he married Mary?

      It’s funny how easy it is for you to pick up stones and throw them at one person yet the closest to you that’s done the same “crime” you ignore, simply because if you acknowledged their short comings you would find yourself in a conundrum.

      If the Muslim prophet was so wrong, then please inform us as to why Jesus son of Mary never condemned his mother and earthly father for their “sinful shameless marriage”? Surely Jesus son of Mary should have been repulsed as to why a ninety year old man (Joseph) would marry a 16 year old girl (Mary).

      If you seriously want to question Islam, why not try asking a Muslim to break it down for you? A Muslim is simply a man that is expected to submit to his creator. But first, above all else, he is a man, he is human and he is not Islam. Now as men, some Muslims break laws. Some made by man but most made by our creator. Islam breaks no laws nor makes no laws it simply is what it is, the best of guidelines for mankind. Call it as you may but as stated, the best of guidelines.

      You are happy to list down all the negative aspects that relate to what some Muslims do. I can’t fault you nor the multitudes of others that have got the wrong end of the stick, but simply put, you picked a point of human conduct and mischief and labelled a whole billion and a half in reference to it. Where is your justice in that?

      As you say, (if Christian) Jesus son of Mary bears the sins of mankind but yet you are so quick to make a billion people villains just to justify something that someone else told someone that read it somewhere that someone else posted on some site coz he heard it from someone in lord knows where …… blah blah blah.

      Find a Muslim and ask him to open his Quran, then ask him anything you dying to know about muslims. Ask him about the underage marriages anf sit back and hear him out and he will answer you straight from the book.

      Sit down with him. He will invite you to his house, to his table, share his food and his small world. Ask him what you please and he will tell you what the book says.

      An editor of a news column or a certain famous reporter from a certain network is what makes people condemn a billion other people, Totally insane. Don’t be afraid to ask a Muslim. Contrary to what is out there, a real Muslim does not have a fight to pick with you.

      Yes some people (Muslims) have gone overboard and done some insanely awful things to their own kind and others. Their own (other Muslims) suffering the most mind you.

      I for one cannot justify their causes and totally condemn the killing of the innocent. Be it Muslim or others. Simply on the basis of this: My prophet once said, “If a person takes a life then it’s as if he’s taken the whole of mankind and if a person saves a life then it’s as if he’s saved the whole of mankind”.

      Now find a Muslim. He’s just as human as you are. Same emotions same feelings, just a difference in faith. Find him, ask him your questions. Have a cup of tea with him and some biscuits and let a Muslim really tell you about the real Islam of prophet Mohammad (S.a.w)

      Peace to you too.

    • I am guessing that you might be of the Christian faith so I will respond based on that. If yes, could you please to the best of your ability let me know at what age Mary Mother of Jesus (pbuh) got married, and what was Joseph’s age was when he married Mary?

      It’s funny how easy it is for you to pick up stones and throw them at one person yet the closest to you that’s done the same “crime” you ignore, simply because if you acknowledged their short comings you would find yourself in a conundrum.

      If the Muslim prophet was so wrong, then please inform us as to why Jesus son of Mary never condemned his mother and earthly father for their “sinful shameless marriage”? Surely Jesus son of Mary should have been repulsed as to why a ninety year old man (Joseph) would marry a 16 year old girl (Mary).

      If you seriously want to question Islam, why not try asking a Muslim to break it down for you? A Muslim is simply a man that is expected to submit to his creator. But first, above all else, he is a man, he is human and he is not Islam. Now as men, some Muslims break laws. Some made by man but most made by our creator. Islam breaks no laws nor makes no laws it simply is what it is, the best of guidelines for mankind. Call it as you may but as stated, the best of guidelines.

      You are happy to list down all the negative aspects that relate to what some Muslims do. I can’t fault you nor the multitudes of others that have got the wrong end of the stick, but simply put, you picked a point of human conduct and mischief and labelled a whole billion and a half in reference to it. Where is your justice in that?

      As you say, (if Christian) Jesus son of Mary bears the sins of mankind but yet you are so quick to make a billion people villains just to justify something that someone else told someone that read it somewhere that someone else posted on some site coz he heard it from someone in lord knows where …… blah blah blah.

      Find a Muslim and ask him to open his Quran, then ask him anything you dying to know about muslims. Ask him about the underage marriages anf sit back and hear him out and he will answer you straight from the book.

      Sit down with him. He will invite you to his house, to his table, share his food and his small world. Ask him what you please and he will tell you what the book says.

      An editor of a news column or a certain famous reporter from a certain network is what makes people condemn a billion other people, Totally insane. Don’t be afraid to ask a Muslim. Contrary to what is out there, a real Muslim does not have a fight to pick with you.

      Yes some people (Muslims) have gone overboard and done some insanely awful things to their own kind and others. Their own (other Muslims) suffering the most mind you.

      I for one cannot justify their causes and totally condemn the killing of the innocent. Be it Muslim or others. Simply on the basis of this: My prophet once said, “If a person takes a life then it’s as if he’s taken the whole of mankind and if a person saves a life then it’s as if he’s saved the whole of mankind”.

      Now find a Muslim. He’s just as human as you are. Same emotions same feelings, just a difference in faith. Find him, ask him your questions. Have a cup of tea with him and some biscuits and let a Muslim really tell you about the real Islam of prophet Mohammad (S.a.w)

      Peace to you too.

    • Learn before you speak you ignorant idiot.Woman are higher than men.He married are even at a young age, did you actually think he did anything to her at that age? use your brain dumb ass and do you even know of his humbleness? of course not. Of course its not okay to fucking rape children and marry them, fact is this case happens all around the world no matter what race or religion. People like you are the reason why there is pain in the world. Nonetheless you should just leave these matters to themselves. You americans are raised as sheep by your government, blind sheep. Your freedom is just a mask for oppression. Look at your own culture first before judging others you filthy swine.

  19. Political Power mixed with Arrogance and lack of concrete Knowledge, is the main problem. Yes my Christian Brothers and sisters, Mohammad (peace be upon him) has told us muslims to fight for our Right but do not commit any act of violence using the Religion of peace as a cause.Those people who are talking about Shia laws,it has clearly stated that,we muslim must treat a non muslim Equally! .This scenario for example, 2 men with different faith kill an innocent child, the muslim is eventually called as Terrorist and must be executed while the other one is called a physco Patient. This is not about us,the 99% muslims who are against those stupid act around world . Its all about those guy who are on top of the Prism! Media and Corruption!

  20. i agree with your statements about except your last comment “The religion is perfect, the flaws come from malpractice”.
    The examples you gave on sharia law show not all muslims agree on it.
    It may be God for most followers, but not perfect.
    That being said, your article did do a good job of pointing out the large number of peaceful muslims.
    It is the fanatics of all religions that scare me.
    D E Myers

    • All I can say is that the whole Muslim world has bewn duped for 600 years! They ( rhe majority) have no idea what its really about.

  21. the difference between the imuslims radical is that the west actualy don’t stone, massacres villages, wife and don’t do terrorism attack, or bomb attack to kill 3000 peoples…. even if they are a minority. at the begin the german in 1939 where peacefull in majority ! but 70 000 000 jewis and soldier die against the nazism. the same in china there is a majority of pacific people and again 70 000 000 people die. that’s not a question of majority but of ideology !

    • I agree Will. The West don’t use stones, they use drones when they massacre villages, wives, children. You really need to look at the definition (exclude American definition) of Terrorism and then look at Obama’s Drone campaign. The evidence is there, get the courage to look at it. Look also at the American sponsored coup in Ukraine and the terror that has perpetuated including hanging heavily pregnant women because they are pro-Russia (video evidence is easily sourced)and crucifying then burning alive captured Ukrainian separatist fighters (video evidence is again easily found). All this done by non-muslims, in fact many of them proudly claim to be the next Christian crusade.

  22. I’m glad someone decided to point out the damn obvious truth that terrorism has no religion. What people associate with Islam is because of American Government. When you show countries like Pakistan in your famous shows like Homeland as terrorist group, their message will be spread. They showed the capital of Pakistan as a barren war field and i bet not 1 percent bothered to check the internet to see that Islamabad is the most beautiful and modern city of the country. People believe everything the government say yet say that they think the system is corrupt.

  23. Yeah will the west just drops bombs and use drones to kill innocents… Where ever they find oil they invade oh they need ” liberalization and democracy” we need to teach them some and in the meantime grab some resources..

    • Who are you even talking to James? Every single person who has commented so far? If so shut up, most of the points made above are not weak at all and are often fundamental to this issue.

  24. Can you write an article about Christianity as well? I think it’s only fair. Defending it like you did Islam here. And if you don’t, why not? Why only defend Islam? Just a question.

  25. I was very influenced when this article described the terrorists that do not only belong to a single group.
    Yes, it is true that Islam allows muslims to fight but under certain conditions when his life,honor, property and possessions are under threat of any external force…. Before these certain conditions are met islam orders muslims to first engage against the evil with spiritual and mental Jihad as the Holy Prophet said, “Wage war against the infidels with your wealth, your lives and your speech”, these spiritual and mental efforts to eradicate evil doesnot include physical efforts. Muslims are only allowed to wage war if they are independent and have their own social system and a leader. Their are many other rules under which muslims must engage in physical struggle.
    I conclude saying that there is no religion other than islam, which gives rules, standards or protocol for fighting and Islam is the only religion in the world which lays most importance on peace and love. If people accuse islam negatively then why it has imbibed into heartsof many people and is the second largest religion of the entire world, 23.2% of the entire world are muslims???

    • Rules like killing idolaters after ramzan or rules like killing them with ripping their throat. Good rules. Rules like telling lie to cheat the enemy. Religion of hatred towards all

  26. You forgot genital mutilation of females. Keep in mind you are educating about Islam….not just middle east. Also, martyrdom by suicide and mass murder (although I think the towers were something else). Mistreatment of homosexuals. And general racism towards white people.

  27. Humans are a WEAK species in terms of survival – they kill and squabble over shades of skin color. Somehow these humans treat skin color as some indicator of supremacy. What a waste of the evolution of the human brain, it appears so complex yet there are flaws in its design.

    Wasting the earths resources on a race war is the beginning of the end for mankind. We need to have a class warfare to right the wrongs……………..

  28. It has become common in this world that if “John” kills a person, John is blamed but if “Abdullah” kills a person, Islam is blamed.

  29. ISLAM IS RELIGION OF PEACE bullshit Americans know how many times USA has been attacked by Buddhist terrorists or jew terrorists.
    not even once did a Jew announced a prize to bring the head of American president. I never saw any other religion advocating killing or use of terrorism.we fear your jihad. We fear taquia.

  30. Its ignorant to believe that the tables could not easily be turned (or are not currently in another region) to highlight the shortcomings of some citizens of any particular society that the media wants to attack.

      • Most historians agree that Aisha and Muhammad were married after she reached puberty. They place her age, on average, around 13 years old at the time of marriage, though she may have been betrothed to him much earlier. Americans need to keep in mind that while they might not have heard of Islam prior to September 11th, Muhammad lived in the early 600s A.D. It might surprise them to learn that marriage at such an early age was extremely common not only in the Arab world, but the Western world as well. King John of England married a12-year-old around 1198. Romeo’s love, Juliet, was only 13. No subset of people is more hated in the West than pedophiles. An attempt to cast the founder of the perceived enemy as a pedophile would certainly benefit the war effort.

    • There is obvious bias and hatred towards Anonymous considering your profile name is “Fuckingnymous”. But honestly, can you please leave a more intellectual comment next time that doesn’t kill some of my brain cells trying to interpret the completely backwards and moronic comment that you left.

    • No one is pro ISIS But killing innocent people are not, But you you think every Muslim is ISIS you are so wrong

  31. they saying the truth, iam a muslim and as i know muslims aren’t a monster, if you searching the history of islam you will know how this religion makes change into the world

  32. Thank you so much anonymous. I have been living my life where people crap on me for my religion. In spite of the political corruption and crazy splinter groups that exist in the “muslim” countries, This post gives me hope that they are people out there who also see good in Muslims as people and in the religion that they identify with

  33. Conclusion. Don’t judge acts of Muslims, only read the Qur’an and Hadith with its explanations and then judge Islam.

    &
    We don’t believe in secularism believe that the Shari’a law is the best thing to rule the world. It aims to protecting Deen,oneself,mind,the progeny & people’s money.
    It means doing what God orders and preventing what God prohibited.
    & in case you are asking : does this include killing the killer & cutting the thief’s hands ?!
    yes including Cutting the thief hand which happened a few counted times in the Islamic history because the other thefts was actually prevented because of fearing from this hard punishment. It’s not cutting your hand. It’s cutting “some” of the thief’s hands. & Shari’a is not only about this it includes Zakah (Gathering money from the rich to give it to the poor) & many other things.

  34. About the beating part. In the U.S. the women is allowed to leave the guy when ever the fuck she wants and the fact that she stay with him is disgusting. Why would you put your self through that. The extremists<- won't allow their wife to leave them and they really can't. I am not saying that its okay over here, in my opinion if you take charge or physically hurt someone innocent then you should be charged heavily. An examply floyed mayweather.

    • women can leave thier husbands its actually okay but some men are just really strict and they are too scared, now dont you dare tell me that all women in the US can leave whenever they want cus they usually cant due to the same thing that effects muslim women…fear

    • Yeah thats a good point.

      I’m not saying we’re superior or anything foolish like that, but our women actually CHOOSE us. They’re not spoken for. And like Mitchell said, they can leave us at any point, for whatever reason.

      Also if a women is raped here they don’t get punished for telling the police. Time and resources are usually invested in bringing justice to/for that person. Howevever, the entire justice system globally is based on REVENGE not justice. It never was. The only really justice is FORGIVENESS. If the person can find true deep forgiveness then they will be free of the pain. Not through seeing someone else suffer.

      Also Stoning…..come on……that’s just evil and barbaric..

      If Allah thought it was acceptable to have SLAVES then I personally do no follow him. We have evolved socially beyond that and now the idea of slaves is abolished and disgusts people. Who is a slave? Another human being with the same fundamental rights as you.

      Regardless of whether he was a pedophile, or whether it was “OK” in those times.

      IT IS NOT NOW PEOPLE. Children are humans, gays are humans. NO MORE SLAVES.

      Peace and Love

    • I think a part of my soul just died reading this fucking retarded comment. I honestly wander what kind of childhood or mental handicap one must possess to post such trash like this?

  35. Just wanted to say that I appreciated this article. Though I am not Muslim, certain groups have been painted in negative ways that so not represent the majority opinions.

  36. Good job Anons, good one. It’s about time to spread some beautiful word about Islam instead. I lived most of my life in areas with a lot of Muslim immigrants and must say most of the families are STILL married (not divorced), youth is doing well (they see their parents weekly, they are doing fine in schools and hobbies)… etc. healthy and happy folks!

  37. To A Muslim
    You are such an ignorant Muslim becos of people like you narrow minded and stupid all Muslim are suffering! I’m Muslim and I support secularism!!!
    Don’t say ” we ” who the hell are you to conclude all Muslim as we?
    People like you judgemental disrespectful and controlling!
    Faith is in ur heart not by force and that’s what’s happening rest of the sharia Muslim world! God bless turkey! Parliament and secularism is the most healthiest way to live u moron! No one should get involved with anyone’s religion! Only the person in charge is themselves and who the hell we r to judge who believe in what religion and how deep they believe?

  38. You are comparing Mohammad’s marriage to a year 6 year girl to King John’s? It’s not about marrying a 6 year old girl. The reason why this is a popular part of Mohammad’s life is because he’s being hailed as a prophet whereas no other major prophets from anywhere else around the world has ever done anything so inhuman as this act reflects of Mohammad’s life. Don’t justify with a logic Anonymous. You are reputed! Remember that!

    • I like how you say “inhuman act” when they clearly stated that it is totally accepted in its time. As for today no one is saying that what he did is good, its just that this little point should not be the main focus on the hatred against Muslims around the world.

  39. Hmmph. I see more people continue to confuse the issue. This article supposedly is about myths associated with Islam, but then talks about differing political attitudes among Arabs and Muslims. Your article does not describe myths about Islam, it describes myths about people.

    You can be against islam and still recognize everything you stated in this article. Islam is based on the Quran, and it is the doctrines of the Quran that bother reasonable people. Reasonable people don’t make assumptions about Arabs or Muslims, but they recognize that Islam is a set of doctrines based on a book that claims to be inspired and contains lots of terrible things. As such, islam is an insult to equality and peace.

    No, not Muslims. No, not Arabs. The ones that do hurt people are agents of the meme of Islam itself, which is the entity in question.

    Don’t tell us you’re going to dispel myths about Islam and then never once bring the doctrines of Islam into the discussion!

  40. I have drawn a Muhammed caricature last week. I posted it on my facebook wall.
    Half of my facebook friends are muslims. Do you want to know how many people were offended?
    I thought it might be between 10 to 20 out of 200.
    The true number was 0.
    So don’t believe the hype. The media will do anything to create a story.

  41. As this article says the extreme Muslims are only a small part of the whole muslim, those people against the whole muslim with ignorance is also only small part of the whole. And I have never seen ‘major’ media condemning Islam with ignorance these days. Come on.
    But let’s be honest. Of course all religions have problems but the point is so many Middle East countries still govern people according to Sharia law. You cannot compare the women’s human right between in the Middle East and in the U.S because no matter how you argue, the Islamic law and culture is the main cause. Also, is beating wives the only matter in women’s human right? Of course not. The author of this article is purposely trying to defend the human right issue by comparing it to irrelevant problem in other countries.
    I really don’t understand why muslims are so defensive when these issues come up. Yes, Catholic has a huge problem of youth abuse but the difference is that a lot of catholic people condemned it in public and on social media and protested and there has been huge effort by Vatican to solve this issue (though it’s still not perfect). But when the same problem is issued by media, the common reaction by muslim is exactly like this article saying that it’s only part of it and blaming the media that they are trying to make bad images on Islam. The comments that I really hate by some muslim are like ‘I am not a bad muslim’. I know. We know. There are so many good muslims. But how ignorant and selfish the reactions are? They should make bigger voices to help so many people who are suffering under the same religion rather than trying to defend themselves. Won’t it make the ignorant people against muslim to see them differently?

  42. I appreciate this article and definitely know that Islam does not encourage terrorism. I have studied Islam and my boyfriend is Muslim, but there are a few things that don’t sit well with me in this religion. It is debatable, but the Qur’an states that it is permissible for men to beat women “lightly.” Even if they beat them lightly, domestic violence is never ok. Does anyone have any further knowledge on this? Also, men can get 4 wives (without telling his wife that he is getting married, and she has no power to change his decision), men can marry Christians and Jews but women cannot, and women are viewed as half a witness in legal matters.

    I have many Muslim friends who are wonderful people, and I have a boyfriend who asks me why I don’t believe in Islam, and these are just some of the reasons I don’t think the religion is fair for both genders.

    Surah 4:34

    Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

    • It’s all a load of crap really in some ways. I’m starting to think that we should stop wasting our time reading the Kuran, The Bible, The Book Of David, and the Egyptian versions, and those before them, all of them. They’re all so confused, flawed, misinterpretted to the point where the orignial truths can probably never be known, and based on out-dated primitive human idealogies. We’re beyond that now.

      Here’s the same Sura by a different but supposedly ‘incredibly pure’ form:

      [4:34] The men are made responsible for the women, and GOD has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is GOD’s commandment, and honor their husbands during their absence. If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them. If they obey you, you are not permitted to transgress against them. GOD is Most High, Supreme.

      See how more PC my version is?

      It’s all bullsheet

  43. Listen guys I’m a Muslim!I have questions,why in this fucking world only the Muslims are being hammered, why only the Muslims are being killed,why only Muslims face real rude and bad behavior from other people,are we not Humans?we should be treated like humans.
    Islam is a religion of peace and u can better understand it from Quran,Islam dont allow Muslims to do stuff like killing innocent people,its just the propaganda played by some anti-Islamic people who dont want the Muslims to stand up and be a part thiis society.I just want to say that pls dont use such rude and bad behavior wit us,we are Muslims that dosent mean we are not humans,we have feelings too.
    Its said that Muslims are terrorist,why?doesn’t of other kill each other?such an example is ‘the killing of black men in usa by police men.The whole world was crying…..but what happened when THOUSANDS of innocent Muslims were murdered in Palatine by Israel,and now where are those crying eyes when thousands of innocent children and people are being killed in Rohinigiya?these people are innocent why are they killing them?just bcz they are Muslims….. 🙁

    • because islam demands tolerance from others while having none in return and the fact only the men can talk to us other men is just imsulting

      • Just have a look at the history, does islam killed Jews and Christians???
        Muslims ruled Egypt a thousand years ago, they did not demolish the churches nor kill Christians, Jews have lived in peace under the shadow of Islam.
        This is Islam, but in return we are not american slaves, we want to live as we want not the way america wants us to do.

  44. Name one, just one, country where islam is state religion that is a good place to live, without any problems such as terror and disregard of human rights. Name just one (1)!

    Good luck, there isn´t one.

    • Noooooooo, how dare you? Islam is a religion of peace!

      Also, when you look at the most prosper countries (where the education levels are high and the inequality between the rich/the poor and the crime rates are low, and living creatures have rights), the percentage of the non-believers is as high as %50-%70…

  45. Ok… but can you name one country that are invaded and have chance to survive?…? Live in peace, without being killed and assaulted is all of the people in the earth wanted to… Too bad, you cant name one…. Palestine have been invaded by zionis, the Rohingya from Myanmar have to run all day to save their lives… I gues i dont have to name the other muslims that have to hide their children from being killed and fight the “REAL TERRORIST” until their body fell onto the ground …. And this is where the UN is playing its big “role” and do nothing to protect the rights of all the muslims… “Oh, the UN is created to protect the people’s rights. The UN is our savior” Y’know fuck it! All they do is just saving one side’s rights even if it is wrong.. Now tell me does the UN save the muslims? Now who is the threaten one?

    • Palestine was invaded by Muslims who drove out the Jews, Christians and Pagans.

      The Buddhists of Asia have been driven out and slaughtered for centuries by invading Muslims and are finally fighting back.

      Muslims do not give rights to non Muslims – just look at how minorities suffer in Islamic countries.

      Don’t talk to me about Muslim rights until your death cult starts respecting others instead of persecuting and killing them.

      Come and join the 21st century instead of believing ancient fairy tales.

  46. This article is blatant “propaganda” – some study of the Qur’an and Hadith along with a look at history will quickly show you that Islam is anything but a religion of peace – Muslims maybe peaceful, but the religion isn’t.

    Muhammad was a barbaric desert bandit who kept slaves, raped women and had whole tribes of Jewish men beheaded.

    The conquest of the Indian sub continent was probably one of the most horrific and barbaric episodes of human history – all in the name of Islam.

    Not to mention the conquest of the Mediterranean all the way up through Spain and constant slaving raids along the coast of Italy – Mediterranean trade was virtually shut down, as were the silk routes.

    The fact that there have been over 25,000 deadly terror attacks world wide, all in the name of Islam, since 2001 is no coincidence.
    This number dwarfs terror attacks by all other religions combined.

    • Total brainwash, total confusion, totally not worth replying to, since he didn’t give any proof or evidence.

  47. The first ayat that was revealed of the Quran to the Prophet will roughly translate as “Read, in the name of your Master, Who created, created man from a clot of blood.” The Saudis and most of the scholars (read hyper-emotional, illogical evangelists) are really not the true face of Islam.
    Just as the bigots who follow Christianity are in NO way representative of Christianity or an Atheist who spouts hate speech against other religions is not a true representative of Atheists as a whole.
    Anyone who’s read a true history of Mohammed (p.b.u.h.) will come to the conclusion that the man was the most peaceful person of his time.
    The extremists have completely perverted his image in the eyes of the world.
    I would humbly request all of you to read the Quran for yourselves. You’ll see for yourselves. Don’t just listen blindly to what someone else tells you.
    Isn’t that the purpose of Anonymous? To shine light on the truth?
    This world is burning, and all of us are collectively complicit in its state.
    War and Hate only bring us closer to the edge.
    Understanding and Empathy might help us save this dying planet.

  48. IT’S SAME IN THE US. NOT ALL US PEOPLE ARE BAD. A WHOLE LOT MORE AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE IN VICTIMS BEING HARMED BUT THE SMALL AMOUNT WITH ALL THE POWER DO. SO NOT ALL AMERICANS ARE BAD JUST THEIR GOVERNMENT. BUT I REMEMBER ISAMS BASHING ALL AMERICANS. SO WHAT DO WE DO WE GET ALL THE WE THE PEOPLES TOGETHER AND STOP THIS. BUT WE HAVE TO GET ON THE RIGHT PAGE OF WHO IS IN POWER.

  49. Did you really just attempt to use Romeo and Juliet as a factoid to persuade readers to your opinion?? Unliking this friggin page.

  50. So now we ask, “Who is responsible for the Paris attacks”. The answer is almost universally going to be ISIS. So who is ISIS, you ask? Well, herein lies the problem. ISIS is whomever “they” say it is. ISIS is a nameless, faceless, enemy that is being blamed for everything evil that happens in the world today. The truth however is a bit more disturbing. The powers that be in at attempt to bring about a New World Order, must have a nameless, faceless enemy to cast aspersions upon, to justify their actions. I do not believe that 5 or 10 or 50 or 100 random Muslim terrorists calling themself ISIS attacked the city of Paris. I’m sorry, call me crazy, but it just doesn’t hold water. Look at the aftermath. France has closed it’s borders. You can neither enter nor leave that country right now. The citizens of Paris have been instructed to stay in their homes, while the “government” roams the streets with complete impunity, seeking after the “EVIL ISIS”. In a nutshell, Paris is under Martial Law. Britain is only one hare’s breath behind them, and unquestionably, the US is not far behind. Horse SHIT. Enough of this Illuminati False Flag, Terror crap. I could say more, but I will suffice to say, follow the money…

  51. Hello i am a muslim Alhumdulilah and i am not afraid of writing my name i come from pakistan which has been given the name of a terrorist state well i tell me 1 thing why are 99% people converting to islam after researching and are learning the true meaning of it Muhammed(S.A.W) was the most peaceful guy ever lived on this earth he wasnt paedophile Aisha(A.S) was of proper age and he(S.A.W) also started to free slaved when he saw the custom of slavery going on at his time he was stoned to death by the jews and yet he didnt say a word against them and yes he had to conquer their land because he had a message to spread but he(S.A.W) first tried to do it peacefully and then he(S.A.W) took a military action but it wasnt like the americans doing it now a days win a war and rape the entire cities and kids and blame everything on muslims he(S.A.W) forgave everything and everyone we dont stone or slaughter the women they have almost the same rights as men and our shariah law is against child abuse and rape we are not even allowed to do it to our enemies and yes we tell our women to cover themselves because it is to protect the women from the sinful eyes of the men so without researching dont talk about something you dont know and teach your own people about ethics jews are mass murdering people in palestine no one bats an eye but if a person who doesnt know shit about islam and kills a single guy he is stated as an ISLAMIC TERRORIST think about what i have written and research

    ISIS AND OTHER FANATIC ORGANIZATION DONT REPRESENT US AND THEY ARE NOT ISLAM

  52. This written piece is just as stupid as it is damaging towards Muslims. The author admits such atrocities and then says, well you do it in America so, nanny-nanny-boo to you. But, well, like I said, he admits said atrocities… I don’t care what religion, state, county, region, person or peoples commit such acts the facts are that they are heinous acts and this type of article tries to nullify out belittle the magnitude and is a form of sidesteppig. You are not being a responsible caring sentient being and you are disgusting as are religions and the state of Islam.

  53. yep so what about the video’s that was shown on here, so all the video’s here in Europe, and what were going though shows a little different, i know that all are not terrorist, there is alot of great people but the other percent are here

  54. Head over to US Dept. of State website and download the list of all terrorist organizations. Take out all Islamic Terror Otfits and search for their sect.
    All terrorist organizations (except Hizbullah: which actually is a political party) are Sunni. So, out of 73 sects of Islam only one is responsible for all terror attacks. Why?

    Now head over to wikipedia and search for “Shia Persecution”. What you’ll come to know is that Sunnis have been terrorizing Shias and other sects into submission for the last 1400 years.

    It’s not difficult to see what’s happening. Sunnis have been indulged in terrorism for the last 1400 Yrs. It’s just that now as they’ve already hijacked the religion, their next goal is world-domination.

    It’s hence not Islamic terrorism but actually Sunni Terrorism.

  55. What better way to spread lies and propaganda than to call the truth about Islam “propaganda”? This entire “article” is horse manure. The Koran commands Muslims to kill the Infidel. We all know this. And all you have to do is watch the Youtube documentary “with open gates” to see that this entire article is a lie, and the terrible things they site that people say about Muslims doesn’t hold a candle to how horrible they really are.

  56. I agree that propaganda is the real problem and it has been for some time now. I dont see the islam as the problem… but more islamic fundamentalists who try to justify violence and terror in name of islam. I agree that every religion has flaws and positives but from fact we know that other religions had their problems but thats in the past. The problems with islam is a present problem and we should see it that way. Islam should change and problems should be adressed in stead of waved away saying christianity had its problems too. Yes again its past tense and muslims should take reslonsibility NOW. I see daily on the streets the difference between muslim men and woman. I see daily the way young muslim men are way more agressive then normal men and i see that muslims are not integrating enough to show they understand they live in another country with other rules and religion. I see so many times muslims coming in this country trying to change our believes and rules simply because they cannot agree with it. Freedom of sswxualit freedom of choice freedom of speach and equality between men and woman are just simple things we live by. Also we are in the now and it is a fact that still today there are way more muslims still trying to marry underage girls who most likely are doing it against their will too. This is forbidden in the west so we should also stop it immidiately in the west also for muslims. I know that in europe these muslims are still trying to get their child brides to come over simply because they are married in the east. They simply cannot say no… because they have to honor a marriage? I say NO… here you cannot legally be married to an underage child. Why still tey to change the law… no is no. But we still see them trying. It is also a thing when you see the reactions of muslim men towards young girls/woman in the west. If they dont like our way of dressing they should not be here… i mean why stay in a country when you dont like our freedoms and believes and rules? If you want the sharia then go to a country where that is a actual law… so all agree if you go to the US then you agree to become a US citizen obeying the laws and rules and customs here and that also goed for europe etc. Its a fact that muslims arr trying, but they should act quicker to those not trying hard enough or to those who deliberately are trying to undermine our way of life.

  57. Given that in 1938 Germany had 480000 members, with only 13867 active SS officers we got WW2 and banned nazism.
    That is only 0.6% of Germany population and we all agree that nazism should be banned.

    With ISIS situation is like we can treat active members as ~200000 (thats who is very active and battling in Siria and other places) and also we have 2-5% support across muslims. Those numbers are withing statistical error, so we could conclude that they are similar:

    Also active members could be compared too:
    SS: 480000/78000000 * 100 = 0.61%
    ISIS: 200000/1619314000 * 100 = 0.01%
    Here difference is larger, but actually not only ISIS should be counted, other religios fanatrics like Chechnya in Russia should be counted too.

    So we could conclude, that given religion should be banned, otherwise eventually we’ll come to WW3 similar that Germany lost. And I afraid that muslims will not.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant
    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/17/in-nations-with-significant-muslim-populations-much-disdain-for-isis/

  58. Let me start by reflection on the overall write-up and comments and I will conclude with my opinions. All comments are based on observation
    Generally a crime is simply a crime. But the difference is when one tries to justify his/her actions. If one justifies a crime action with non-religious base then legal action will be taken according to the land low argued with non-religious logic. But if one justifies a crime action with religious base that will start to become dangerous. Because religious books are differently interpreted by the believers which means when a crime is backed by a religious ideology it could be portrayed as right action by some believer of that religion. Therefore there is a risk of spreading of crime when such a religious reasoning is used. This is what happening in the current terrorist�s situation who are found to be Muslims. They are killing in the name of Allah. Even the other fighters in Syria (not designated as terrorists by international communities) fight in the name of Allah. They have been heard saying �Allah wuakber� while shooting, bombing, beheading�� hmmmmmmm I�ve never heard other �terrorist� killing and praising his God at the same time. That is what made the Muslims look like terrorists though that is wrong.
    – Of course other religions have done that many years ago like the crusades. Even now in some part of central Africa Christians and Muslims were fighting. And of course Christians did also kill Muslims but they are just taking sides of same people not praising God in their massacre (the same goes to the Muslims in this case). Their war is equivalent to a civil war between different races like the Ruanda�s civil war, Ukraine�s civil war �. Therefore the risk of a civil war to spread across boarder and become terrorism is very much lesser than that of religious ideology based war/crime.
    – I think the above answers the writers point on women equality. If the issues root is religious ideology there is a greater challenge on correcting the society, but if it is family related tradition or a portion of a society�s cultural weakness it has a better chance of correction. Because religious based crimes are not perceived as crimes by the criminal since he think he glorify his God through his action. Since God is above all, laws and logics have less value for the believer.
    – Sharia law: religious laws are fully accepted in a society that knows only such line of path. But today because of globalization people are interconnected, they are no longer tied to a single system; they have a better chance of rationalization. Therefore some will obviously start to rise against laws which degrade equality, and some basic human right issues that are exercised in other part of the world. But since the laws are assumed to come from God extremists tries to oppress these voices until the voices become significant portion of the society and revolutionize the system.
    – EXTRIMISM: The Middle East chaos bases its root on corruption, and poor administration. The fact that makes it worse than Africa is that the Middle East has a high economical potential which is natural oil. Therefore within the country people highly oppose the government since the government couldn�t provide when the country is very rich in resources. Therefore following this chaos different western countries come to the country both to end the disorder but to get a benefit primarily. Different western countries (sometimes Arab countries too) having different agenda end up supporting opposing fighting groups which even worsen the disaster. Some intelligent(analyst) groups understands the westerns intention and uses that as a propaganda to unite people and frame opposite groups as alliance to the westerns. Then they win the war with the help of one group of foreign country. The winner then portraits westerns (except the allay) as the enemy of the country. This indeed unites the nation against western as all gets a common enemy. But becoming the government they become the new king rather than being a better administrator. History repeats itself in a loop�.
    – Non secular nations are highly exposed to extremism because any negativity from external society against the government/country could be portrayed as an act against the religion by the leaders (knowingly or unknowingly). And this image has a higher possibility to sink in the religious teaching because of the fusion of religion and administration.
    – The Saudi Arabia case differs from other Muslim countries because the administration shares the oil to develop the country rather than selfishly corrupt it only for its own. Therefore it seems to be stable but human right and inequality issues are still raised. A society never stops to ask for more but it gets violent and become chaotic if the issue is life threatening like poverty.
    – Conclusion
    – I do not believe neither Muslims nor Islam is about terrorism.
    – I believe computing religion is hypocrisy. Teaching and lecturing is a better way to communicate. Religion should not be judged by the actions of the members but through its dogma.
    – Whatever �holy� people do on their time, their action bases their contextual culture. I don�t think it should be a dogma of the religion. That is their version of interpretation today we should have ours and ours should respect others opinion belief and religion. That is a final solution towards the current situation.
    – I wonder and admire how people submit themselves to religious teachings specially and mostly Muslims, but I am afraid they are submitting themselves to the leaders (preachers) and sometimes become a puppet. I wonder when people desperately gather to hear the religious head /leader talk and they take actions without using their own mind. This has been the case of genocide in many cases including xenophobia incidence in South Africa that has started with the speech of one man and other terrorism acts too.
    – I believe any religion advocates peace and love if not I don�t know how it becomes one. I am a Christian and bible teaches love. No disrespect but I don�t listen to what a leader says other than these. I did not read any other religious book but I am sure it advocates the same.
    – There should be no generalization. Domination should not lead to generalization. Just because a nation has more number of Muslims it should not be a Muslim country. Just because the Christianity has more followers than others it should not mean the world is a Christian world and so on�. Religion is more towards our after life; while administration includes our current life. The mix is not showing a good solution. Secularism, secularism, and secularism!!!!!!!
    – Please all condemn any inhuman act whenever you get that chance in Medias like Facebook and so on. Because recently on social Medias I observed that Muslims are condemning only when Muslims area attacked and others are not also condemning. I think that attitude will deeply increase the gap and add to the generalization of Muslims as terrorists as Muslim nations paint westerns as anti-Muslims.
    – Stop Generalizing and deducting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Well I’m a muslim do i approve of israel as a country? Hell no but i don’t hate every jewish person i meet i hate the government the people in power not the civilians i don’t agree with them but i sure as hell respect their opinion and believes. do i agree with homosexuals? No i don’t but i sure respect their choice of meat .. Now ISIS anyone who has the heart to kill innocents wether christians muslims or atheists deserves to locked in a dark whole for the rest it’s life i won’t say their lives cuz those aren’t humans ( i would say kill those ISIS monsters but I believe NO man has the right to take another’s life ) except self defense wars and when necessary now the elephant in the room and I’m not talking about the stereotype of the weight issue or anything I’m talking about America do i hate them? No not all of them i hate the ones that point the army the ones that think it’s ok to display muslims as brutes and that all muslims are terrorists well in that case i guess all christians are KKK and all germans are nazis if we’re using that mentality.. And I’m too lazy to keep going so you get the bloody point!

  60. Firstly -I don’t believe all Muslims are terrorist nor that Muslims want the world to be ruled under Sharia- especially those living in Western Countries.
    However going by the stats that the Justin King has presented it’s clear to me that the majority of Muslims living in the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa believe Sharia should be the law of the land.
    This article is total BS 9no offence Justin King) and extremely deceptive.
    Example- the Justin King uses stats regarding Muslims from the Pew Research Center. Justin is very impressed that “only” 38% of Lebanese Muslims don’t believe that Sharia is the word of God- The “actual” pew question basically asks – Is Sharia
    a) developed by man based on the word of God
    b) or the revealed word of God.
    38% agreed with (a) but 49% agreed with (b) which is one of the biggest problems facing Islam (in my opinion). While Sharia is a guide for Muslims on how to live their lives it also demands brutal and barbaric punishments and is unjust to mostly women and the poor.
    If the majority of Muslims believed that Sharia is man made from the word of GOD (especially those who hold power within the religion) then the Imams and scholars would have continued to update it throughout the centuries to fit in with 21st century. I doubt public stonnings would still be happening or other barbaric practices.
    Would Justin King would say if a pew poll came out revealing “ONLY” 38% of Americans believe the world is flat? Think about that.
    Kosovo would have been a better example to use where 33% believe it to be the word of man and 30% Revealed by God. In fact Muslims make up 90% of the population but almost all are moderate Sunni- likely the reason why there is no horrid Muslim secular fighting occurring like in the Middle East.
    Child marriage- Another sugar coat or cop out- “not a single Middle Eastern Country
    is listed in the top 20 Nations”- In fact Nigeria holds the number one spot where 94% of the population is Muslim- FACT most child marriages are practiced in mostly majority Muslim Countries- Then there are those Countries that have high number of people who are not Muslim but are indigenous to the Country and practice ancient ceremonies which is still wrong and needs to be outlawed.

    Justin – you cannot compare Pastors or rightwing nut cases who publicly state they’d like to see law changes or stonnings, to Countries that have ACTUAL laws making it illegal to be gay, have sex out of wedlock and have ACTUAL punishments for these “law breakers that include, beheadings, whippings, crucifixions and cutting off hands, just to name a few-

    Domestic Violence is a world wide epidemic but in Countries that live under Sharia law it is legal- women have no chance of protecting themselves. Christianity gives men control over women but sovereign LAW makes it illegal to abuse your spouse. Whilst I agree that Western Countries have a long way to go in this area (along with sexual harassment and sexual abuse of women) at least it’s not legal to do so.
    Before anyone starts accusing me of being Islamophobic or a bigot- I’m an Atheist who believes all religion are ridiculous in this day and age. However I will fight for your right to practice your religion but will NOT stay silent on human rights abuses especially when in comes to women and children. I will not call it preserving “culture or religion”- I will call it what it is “human rights abuses and believe the West should impose sanctions on these Countries just as they did to South Africa to end apartheid- what’s the difference? oh wait OIL.
    There is no excuse and we all need to stand up for the rights of individuals who cannot have a voice for fear of persecution, jail or death.People are suffering and being “PC” helps the oppressors.
    Regars

  61. As much as you try to defend Islam and Muslims, its unfortunate that even though all muslims are NOT terrorists, all (Or at least a very very high proportion) of terrorists are Muslim, and for that reason alone, there has to be a cautionary approach to whomever believes in that religion, extreamist or not.

    • well its not only about muslims its about the rulers :)]
      as you notice that does kind of ppl hates too much islam more than other religions
      well you have the rest to think about it:)

  62. Mmmm From a view of just one Australian( generalized of coarse )
    America is the land of gun toting load mouth bully’s.
    Filled with there own sense of importance in the world stage.
    World leaders ,all that bunch of shit stirrers have done is lead us into war. Using the same old formula they have been using since the civil war.

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