Yes and no
There's no such thing as a religion of peace. All religions are violent. All religions are hate-filled. Some just hide it better than others.
islam taught peace and compassion,but shortly after it gained traction muslims were invading europe and the middle east by force.today the vast majority of islam is peacefull.
however there is a portion that is corrupted,who twists the quran and its fllowers,this isnt far from the spanish inquisition,where people were tortured many times to death to convert.in that time catholics deemed torture was necessary,though i dont recall putting people testicles in a vice or burning them alive to save their mortal soul anywhere in the bible.
islam is facing the same thing today.in the end so long as any religion is popular,someone will corrupt it for their own gain.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
As Gardener pointed out, their holy text includes explicit instructions to either "kill or covert" the whole world, as well as numerous descriptions of acts of violence doled out against both lapsed members of the Muslim faithful and infidels alike by Islam's founding prophet.
Groups like ISIS have not "corrupted" the nature of Islam. To the contrary, it's actually the other way around. Peaceful Muslims are the ones who are not living by the spirit of the original text.
Last edited by Gathomas88; 09-05-14 at 09:02 PM.
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton
The problem gets compounded when secular governments, like Assad's and Hussein's are for all intenents and purposes , set up and guided by western secular forces that are seen by the average people as emperialist interloping: think The British Empire, French occupation - Vietnam and Lebanon and Algeria and then of course comes American commercial interests, which the government labels - national interests... When the natives, of course, pitch a bitch about this kind of thing, they are brutally put down, ala the Shah of Iran, Assad and Hussein; ala el Salvadore, Honduras etc etc. I thnk that Ho chi Mihn's success as a nationalist, beating first the French and then of course The American Giants, bolstered these fundamentalists and guess what? it's working for them! It won't last long because of the way that they operate, but the IRA for one, showed them that this terrorist stuff not only sends a message, but can lead to a(n) (Irish) Free State! So why should they listen to US?
Then of course we come to the plantation of the Israeli - sectarian state / zion. That's another mess, that because of our very heavily one sided policies has dug our hole even deeper over there. I truly fear for Israel. We have ourselves to thank for it, so how many more American lives are going to be poured into this BS before we get smart and just walk away?
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