mctag wrote :
Steve's original point (somewhere, if not on this thread) was that Islam is about the only region which says you should kill people who are not muslim.
I think the Christians did this in Spain in the Middle Ages (convert or die). Maybe it's just a stage they have to get through. Unfortunately, modern explosives are super-effective.
not only in spain from what i recall - unless you include central-america .
wouldn't want to count how many people were killed in the name of the christian religion and islam - both numbers would be pretty gruesome .
in canada many modern muslims have become quite outspoken about the faults of certain interpretations of islam that are harmful to every one .
many muslims have appeared on TV - and written in newspapers - about the excesses and wrong interpretations of the koran . there have been some VERY lively debates !
we have met a muslim woman who is a sort of crusader for a true and non-violent islamism . she is not popular with all muslims but has not given up her fight to bring islam and muslim women into the modern age .
she has lived in canada for many years and when we met her at a friend's house at a dinnerparty i had the true pleasure of sitting next to her and talk to her . i certainly would not have been able to tell that she is a muslim unless i'd read her newspaper article first (and knew her point of view) .
we have plenty of extremists of all religious groups : muslim , sikh , christian ... i hope no group is insulted by being left out .
all EXTREMES are harmful imo .