Islam Is a Religion of Violence

In the 14 years since the attacks of 9/11 brought Islamic terrorism to the forefront of American and Western awareness and then-President George W. Bush launched the “Global War on Terror,” the violent strain of Islam appears to have metastasized. With tracts of Syria and Iraq in the hands of the self-styled Islamic State, Libya and Somalia engulfed in anarchy, Yemen being torn apart by civil war, the Taliban resurging in Afghanistan, and Boko Haram terrorizing Nigeria, policymakers are farther away from eliminating the threat of violent Islamism than they were when they began the effort. In fact, Western countries are increasingly witnessing domestic attacks such as the murder of British military drummer Lee Rigby and the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, the shootings at Parliament Hill in Canada in 2014, the attacks at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and at a Jewish supermarket in Paris this past January, and most recently the terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on a military recruiting center and naval compound.

But does this violent extremism stem from Islam’s sacred texts? Or is it the product of circumstance, which has twisted and contorted Islam’s foundations?

  • The Islamic theological blueprint is a recipe for a dysfunctional society.

    You simply have to look at Islam as a whole to understand the problem. Yes there are nice Muslims. But, also yes, there are Muslims who will kill you because you are not a Muslim.

    And unfortunately the Muslims willing to kill you, are the Muslims in control of Islam. All the “nice” Muslims are nothing more than camouflage for the killers.

    With Islamic theology you simply get both types of Muslims – weather you want both types or not. And Islam’s killers rule the day.

    Islamic theology is the problem.

    • mobuyus

      You can also have nice islamo-pithecines that some day snap and kill someone, happens all the time, the death-cult is never to be trusted.

    • Those nice Muslims just aren’t being true Muslims.

  • moraywatson

    Islam does not have violent “strains”, rather islam is existentially violent. Without terror and the threat of violence, especially the penalty of death for apostasy, there would be no islam.

  • Tokenn

    As I study Islamic history and religion, the more I am forced to conclude that Islam has always been a formula for conquest, domination and oppression. I think that there are certainly self-identified Muslims whose basic sense of humanity overrides the murderous ideology of the religion, but they aren’t the problem. The ideological roots of violent aggression are always there…in the Koran, Hadith and Sirah. All it takes is the will to to pick them up…and there’s plenty of that will around.

    • The Koran sanctions violence.

      • terrence

        It also requires it – against apostates, and in many cases infidels

  • Kevin Golding

    Sorry, but your post doesn’t really further the cause of people seeking to spread knowledge of true Islam.
    We see a guy who seems to have knife in front of his face, but also has a hand holding his face. We can’t see any part of his lower body, so we don’t know what is happening there.
    Maybe the nice man in black pants is helping the man in camo in some way?
    We need to be clear about what is happening and why?