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    Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

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    Please give some thoughts behind your conclusion.

    Bonus question: In your opinion, why did Bush II go out of his way to refer to it as such after 9/11? Do you think he actually believed it? Do you think he was trying to keep people (us and them) calm?
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    It's neither a religion of peace or violence. However, it arose in a culture of violence.
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    A long long time from now. In a galaxy far far away

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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Yes?
    No?
    Yes and no?
    Something else?

    Please give some thoughts behind your conclusion.

    Bonus question: In your opinion, why did Bush II go out of his way to refer to it as such after 9/11? Do you think he actually believed it? Do you think he was trying to keep people (us and them) calm?
    Islam is a violent and militant religion by its very nature.

    Whether more modern liberal movements can "tame" it or not remains to be seen. However, the basic character of the religion as it currently stands is pretty much undeniable.

    It was born in violence to a violent man, it spread through violence, and it maintains its authority through violence. It pretty much always has.

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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    It's as peaceful as any of its contemporaries like Hinduism, Judaism, or Christianity.

    And the answer to your bonus question is that he didn't want to offend people that we weren't actually in a conflict with. It's the same reason that one of the first parts of the Patriot Act condemns violence against American Muslims. Not that it stopped a huge rise in said violence, even against people from India because violent white Christian (and maybe some Jewish but probably not) Americans didn't know the difference.
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Yes?
    No?
    Yes and no?
    Something else?

    Please give some thoughts behind your conclusion.

    Bonus question: In your opinion, why did Bush II go out of his way to refer to it as such after 9/11? Do you think he actually believed it? Do you think he was trying to keep people (us and them) calm?
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    There only a few "religions of peace". Some sects of Buddhism, Jainism, a minority of Christianity - basically the peace Churches... these are about the only "religions of peace" out there. The problem with Islam is its your basic religion of law combined with a violent culture.
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Depends on your opinion on the relation between peace, order, submission and just war.

    Some say war starts the moment someone refuses to submit. Some say a just war for a just cause is better than peace, and war is better than oppression.

    Islam is not necessarily violent, but many Muslims today are. Many Christians especially in the past were too. And Moses led the Jewish people on a war of ethnic cleansing and genocide, which is the most important myth for the Jewish people.

    IMO, it's true that Islam, unlike Christianity in the beginning, was spread by the sword. However, it is arguable whether it ended even more violence than it started, by ending the many pre-Muslim Arab clan wars and the everyday violence, by uniting the Arabs under Islam and limiting their sectarian violence and establishing social norms that limited violence within Arab communities. That Islam then spread even further is a different matter.
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    Islam was begun by a warlord who murdered people and the religion spread by violent, aggressive conquest. It gives instructions to its followers to war against other people until they reign supreme. It directs followers on decapitating people. It says its followers can lie to non Muslims. It actually names other religions which it demeans.

    The religion, itself, is far from peaceful.

    Now, there are certainly peaceful Muslims who don't go for any of that stuff, and who manage to look for the better things in Islam. There are a great many of them, but unfortunately, those who follow the violent dictates seem to be on the rise, and their first targets are always those who ARE peaceful -- especially in regards to being peaceful towards non Muslims.
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    Re: Is Islam a "Religion of Peace"?

    There are certainly peaceful Muslims, but as a whole, the religion is being used more and more to incite violence. It's hard to consider a religion that is so readily used to inspire hate and terrorism a "religion of peace." Other religions, namely Christianity, have been used for violent intentions in the past, but I think Islam is definitely the most violent religion in today's world.

    I read about a controversial German politician by the name of Thilo Sarrazin in my German studies classes and although I find much of what he says a bit extreme, I think that his classification of current day Islam is spot on:

    “No other religion in Europe makes so many demands. . . No group emphasizes their differences so strongly in public, especially through women’s clothing. In no other religion is the transition to violence, dictatorship and terrorism so fluid.”

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