A while ago I ran into a video that at first sight seemed very interesting and insightful. It seemed to be an explanation of Islam by an English-speaking Muslim, and at first the message in the video was great. As the video progressed further,, however, it started to become rather odd…
Have a look at the video if you have some spare time.
Now, since I actually have some knowledge about Islam, I soon noticed that the video was full of lies and deceit, but not everyone is lucky enough to have Islamic friends. Some people have no knowledge of the religion, and if this video is their first impression of what Islam is all about… well… then it’s no wonder that some people still think that every Muslim is a terrorist.
The video includes all the bad aspects of the religion, emphasising that it is, according to the creators of the video, impossible not to adhere to every word found in the Qu’ran. Of course, the video neglects to mention that the Bible is no different in having those extreme punishments, and instead just goes on to state multiple times how awfully violent Islam is.
As it later appeared, the video was made by a website called citizenwarrior.com, a website created and managed by a group of anti-Muslim activists who believe that the Western world needs to be purified from all Muslims. If you’re bored and in the mood for getting rather frustrated, feel free to have a look at that website as well: there’s plenty to read.
Particularly interesting is that when you start analysing the statements in the video, you soon find out that hardly anything they said is actually true. The video is full of misquotations and blatant lies, making me wonder… if these activists believe that they are right… then why do they have to lie? Would the truth not be enough?
But that’s just the thing: the truth isn’t enough, because the truth is that there is no reason to fear Islam. There is no reason to start a war and there is no reason to believe that every Muslim is a terrorist, just like there is no reason to believe that every Christian is ignorant or that every Catholic is a paedophile.
Of course, in the end, the most dangerous religions are those which are still taken literally, but Islam isn’t the only religion with that problem. Sure, people in the West have begun to acknowledge that the Bible isn’t infallible, but there are also a lot of Muslims who have come to that same conclusion about the Qu’ran. Not every Muslim will agree that homosexuals should be executed and that husbands can hit their wives, in the same way as not every Christian believes homosexuals should somehow be purged of the devil inside of them.
In the end, the world just isn’t as black and white as these activists make it out to be. Islam is definitely not as bad as some people try to make us believe, and the fact that they had to lie throughout the entire video probably proves that. If Islam truly had been a threat, then no lies would have been needed.
Have a look at this video if you want to have a good laugh while learning that the anti-Muslim video was indeed very, very wrong…
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