I'm well aware of the atrocities committed by people of all faiths. That being said, neither Christianity nor Buddhism are responsible for the degrees of violence, terrorism, repression and persecution of minorities (including women, which isn't even a minority...) that we see in Islamic contexts.
I can just as easily say:
I'm well aware of the atrocities committed by people of all faiths. That being said, neither Islam nor Hinduism are responsible for the degrees of violence, terrorism, repression and persecution of minorities that we see in Christian contexts.
There may be few who are willing to blow themselves up for their God, yet they are exponentially more numerous than those who do it in name of the Christian God or in the name of Buddha.
They may not be willing to blow themselves up for their God, but they certainly have no qualms about blowing up people of different faiths in the name of the Christian God or in the name of Buddha.
It's not true that terrorism is supported by "an extremely few" in Islamic countries. The prestigious company Pew conducted a survey in the most liberal Islamic countries (the most conservative ones wouldn't allow them to poll there) asking people if they thought suicide bombing in defense of Islam was ever justifiable. The results are baffling:
Lebanon 82 12
Ivory Coast 73 27
Nigeria 66 26
Jordan 65 26
Bangladesh 58 23
Mali 54 35
Senegal 47 50
Ghana 44 43
Indonesia 43 54
Uganda 40 52
Pakistan 38 38
Turkey 20 64
I'd like to see the types of questions, the method of survey and range of respondents before I make comment.
You mention paedophilia. Go find results showing 82 percent of, say, Portuguese people think paedophilia is justifiable and then I'll accept your analogy as a valid one.
in Catholics, priests are regarded as Jesus' representatives on earth, so how do we make about this?
Are you seriously saying that Indonesia, where people have been put in jail for being atheists and churches are forced to close because there is a "zero church" policy by the authorities, treats other religions better than the US treats Muslims?
When it comes to news about Islam, do you really believe NY Times is objective?
Have you realized that in Indonesia many more muslims have been killed by christians in sectarian conflicts than the other way around?
Did you realize than many more mosques are forced to close in christian majority communities than the other way around, but one church closed because they dont have permit made news around the world?
Check the neutrality and objectivity of your sources before you rely on their news.
The Economist is much better.
Have you realized that per capita, there are more churches in Indonesia than there mosques?
In Indonesia, all major religions are regarded as official religions and have national official holidays.
Do they give national holidays to islamic holidays in the USA?
And have you not heard that so many mosques being proposed to built in the USA have been refused permit?
And most existing mosques have been vandalised and attacked?
Show me where I talked about the actual teaching itself (although the Quran does make an explicit case for martyrdom in the context of holy war against infidels in a way other big religions don't).
I care for actual facts and actions. Back in 1000 AD, you could make a case that Christianity was as dangerous as Islam. Things have clearly changed, and ignoring that is ignoring reality.
Have you realized how many christians in the USA supported the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, teh extermination of the Palestines, because they believe in their interpretation of the bible and regarded muslims as the devils?
What's the different is that with the motives of other so called terrorists?
In fact, muslims are not responsible for the actions of a few individual muslims, while the people of USA are certainly responsible for the action if their government, since the democratically elected their government.
Mind you, my family is both christians and muslims, and I respect both faiths and the examples and facts I conveyed here is in no way to denigrate a faith or another, but simply to refute your slander about Islam and your groundless Islamophobia.