Originally Posted by 561design
Is there really that high of a percentage of peaceful muslims? There seems to be many absolutes in Islam that prevents the people of that religion to live peacefully. There may be a small sect of terrorists fighting the western world. But there are also militant muslims in SE Asia. There are groups of muslims in Iraq fighting amoungst each other. There are also those in Lebanon that have yet to lay down their arms in favor of peace. But those people are at the fore front of this debate. There are many more muslims out there that support their cause.
I spent some time in a mosque listening and learning just out of curiosity when I was younger. What was disturbing was their explanation of how Islam spread throughout the world.
SE Asia - im not sure about
Iraq - is politcal, the fight is for political power, thats what happens when someone comes in and overthrows the government - w/ some terrorists in the mix against the U.S.
Lebanon - are fighting to get thier land BACK and be free of Isreali occupation.
I dont see anything wrong with those people fighting for what is theirs.. but in Islam, the rules and guidelines for fighting are clearly defined. Innocent lives, women, childeren, etc.. are not to be harmed. - and thats where a lot of "muslims" are lost. There dosn't need to be a ton of interpretation of the Quran to get that, its very clearly stated.
And I dont know what mosque you went to, Go see how other religions spread if you want a horror story.