Why does the West have such a poor perception of Islam?
I remember the Christians who murdered abortion practitioners. There were letters to the Editor saying those people did not represent all Christians; there were statements from heads of churches rejecting the murders.
There’s also a long history of words and actions, by both Christians and secular folks, against the sectarian murders of and by both Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
When an artist desecrated a crucifix by placing it in a jar full of urine, Christians did not take to the streets with signs saying “Death to those who mock Jesus.” Muslims did, when cartoons featuring Mohamed appeared in a newspaper.
It seems to me, at least, that the jihadists, murderers, and terrorists are, if not in the majority, at least running the show. They are certainly forming the public image of Islam presented to the West.
As long as the Muslim countries do nothing to rein in the terrorists, this perception will persist. As long as Muslim countries persecute other religions with discriminatory laws and taxes, this perception will persist. As long as Muslims persecute and murder those who convert to other religions, this perception will persist.
I would love to see a headline like “Prominent Imam says Terrorists Misinterpreting the Quran.”
Our peaceful Muslim posters could do us a favor and post links to such articles. In fact, I’m asking you to!