I recently watched an episode of a dramatic fictional TV program. The show was entertaining but like most of Hollywood's offerings these days, it had an underlying theme with a liberal bias. It was urging tolerance and understanding for Muslims and the Muslim faith.
Freedom of religion is one of the pillars on which our republic was built. I strongly believe in religious tolerance, because I do not want anyone to infringe on my right to worship as I please. But let's examine some of the track record of tolerance within the religion of Islam.
For several years the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. They are ultra-fundamental Muslims who ruled with the iron fist of fundamental Sharia Law. And we must not forget that they provided a base of operations for Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda. Under their rule, women were treated worse than second-class citizens. They were considered to be property and were treated as such. Girls were not even allowed to attend school. Where were the feminist activists of the world? Also, under the Taliban all competing thoughts and ideologies were completely forbidden.
Honor killings are another aspect of the treatment of women by Muslims. They are not part of traditional Islamic Law, but they do occur with regularity in the Middle East and South Asia. Women are killed by stoning or other grisly means for bringing dishonor on their families. How do they bring dishonor? They may speak to any unrelated man or it may be rumored that they have lost their premarital virginity or they have the audacity to be a rape victim. Honor killings have even occurred right here in the good ole U.S.A.
The following is the basic theme of Islam: "Allah is the sole creator of everything on heaven and Earth and Muslims are His only legitimate and righteous people. All other people (Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.) are simply infidels and hated by Allah."
Muslims believe that anyone who does not agree with them is an enemy of Allah. A true believer of Islam must oppose these enemies and kill them whenever the opportunity arises. There are several verses in the Quran which endorse this belief in violence. They are the inspiration for jihad.
All religions have dogmatic beliefs, including Christianity. They wouldn't be much of a religion without them. But in our modern world, Islam is the only religion which attempts to spread its beliefs through force and violence. You often read and hear stories of Muslims murdering and condemning others who do not share their beliefs. You never hear or read similar stories about Christians because it just doesn't happen. Christians attempt to win converts through witnessing and mission work, which includes love and kindness not violence. It would be much easier to be more tolerant and understanding of Muslims if they weren't murdering thousands of people each year. I realize that the majority of Muslims do not kill but this peaceful majority does not do enough to condemn the violent minority. And in many instances they provide support for the jihadists.
Christians are excoriated because we believe that homosexuals should not be allowed to marry. Many prominent Muslim leaders around the world have called for homosexuals to be stoned to death. And many Muslims share in that belief. Again the liberal human rights activists are deafening in their silence.
How ironic is it? The most violent, intolerant religion/society in the world is seeking so much tolerance and understanding from everyone else. As has been stated by many, truth is stranger than fiction.