This is an email we received today, and my response follows. It would be nice to see many of our readers engage in this conversation below, just add your comments and we can get a discussion going:
“First, I will greet you with Muslims’ greeting “Assalamou Allikum” (peace be with you), from what I read here, I see that you either have very deformed image about Islamic religion, or have a hidden agenda to promote hate and false information about muslims and Islam. If I assumed that you don’t know the peaceful religion Islam and know nothing about it except the terrorists that you had seen on news, then I kindly ask you to read and learn more about it. these sites might help:
First of all thank you for your kind response. I can always appreciate a moderate Muslim who doesn’t mind engaging in civil debate, because as you know, freedom of speech is what America is built upon; people arguing with one another through respectful, and intellectual conversation, which NEVER needs to be turned into a personalized threat or hate filled argument. At the end of the day, we still have peace and go home to our families and live happily. Unfortunately, under Sharia Law, this is not the case. We wouldn’t be able to have this conversation because if I lived in Egypt, I’d probably be in jail right now.
In response to your assumption that I’m filled with hate, promoting false information, and have a deformed image of Islam: I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment.
Let me make something clear. WE DO OUR HOMEWORK. We don’t spew information like a little kid with no reference. We at IAC reference EVERYTHING we talk about and I always have references to back my claims, so please read our archives a little more. You will see that I feel like the FIRST victims of Islam are moderate Muslims like yourself. There are millions of peaceful loving Muslims who want to live in peace, yet do not understand the underlining principles of Islam, Sharia, the laws of the Kafir including the Jizyah or dhimmi tax, Muhammed’s life and history of murder and preaching hate towards the kuffar, raising children to hate/kill western culture, the oppression of women and women’s rights, the consequences and misconception of suppressing cultural advancement as to please the one and only “Allah”. Islam comes from the root al-silm , which means submission or surrender. Surrender to Allah, surrender to his will.
This is exactly what Christians do, we submit to the will of God and we let him take control of our lives through faith. The problem with Islam is that not only does “surrender” mean surrender to Allah, but surrender to man, surrender to Islamic Law, surrender to the fatwah’s that your local Imam is preaching, which could be anything and could include: attack innocent civilians, kill Jews/Americans, 9/11 was justified, etc, etc.
Let me politely explain to you why YOU are a victim. Although you may want peace, and although you may condemn terrorism, although you WANT Islam to be peaceful, unfortunately it will never be. I can understand how shocking it is to realize that the religion you have grown up knowing turns out to be more false than you could have ever imagined. Please look at this
In the same way you politely asked me to research more, I would also like you to research as well, for we are interested in engaging in more conversation with you and the rest of our community here at IAC . I don’t think you understand what exactly we are trying to say on this blog. We want peace with Islam, we do…but when you have millions of people chanting “Death to America”, that’s not media propaganda my friend…it’s actually people chanting “Death to America”….do you see that here in the US? What are the infidels to do other than rally around each other? We have millions of people who either want us dead or want a mosque on every block. You need to look closer into my archives and read more about the facts that we have put forth on this site.
And with all due respect to you and your culture, please, please be open minded about everything. Don’t think inside the little box that most conservative Muslims do. We don’t hate Muslims, we don’t want to offend Muslims, but what we DO want is to educate and inform people, Muslims and non-Muslims, about the danger of the roots of fundamental Islam and the connections of oppression, fascism, non-advancement, and terrorism to the religion of peace. There are wars going on all over the world right now, wars that are mostly/all have something to do with the “oppressed Muslims” who are really just trying to jam Sharia Law down every country’s throat, and have Islam basically RULE the world under an Islamic Caliphate. It’s very easy to call us bigots and hate filled people with a false view of Islam..but when you are in OUR shoes, when I see everyday on the Internet, on the radio, on TV, Muslims fighting people all around the world, it’s hard to think that there’s something wrong with Western culture and not the suppressed people still living in the dark ages of enlightenment.
We have a very clear view of Islam my friend, and no we don’t hate you.
Hopefully we can talk more about how your religion has been hijacked by the Wahhibists and less about the usual “you’re a racist, bigot, Muslim hater” talk. Let’s get past that, it’s nonsense.
What we would like to hear more about is how we can help moderate Muslims see something from a different light, a different point of view with no racism or hate involved. Just simple dialogue, we all go home to our families feeling safe and alive knowing we just expressed our God given right of free speech, cause hey, it’s America, and that’s what we built this country upon.