"If in a generation half or more than half of Germany’s population is Muslim and remains closer in spirit to the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa than adopting the cultural attitudes of the West, how do you think that will play out in its democracy?"
Our current President is fond suggesting Islam is a religion that promotes peace (as did G. W. Bush). Others, including many in conservative evangelical and biblical fundamentalist circles, insist that “real” Islam, according to the Quran, etc., is inherently violent toward all who do not embrace its belief system.
So what does “real” Islam teach about peace, jihad, and other human-rights topics?
Americans—especially Christians—really ought to stop trying to answer this question. We should also stop making generalizations based on what we believe to be the correct the answer. Here’s why.
Even in the final decade of Muhammad's life, during which he engaged violent campaigns against non-Muslims, he did not carry out "evangelism by the sword," Brooks said, but operated "according to a reasonable code of just war theory that was consistent with the developing Islamic worldview." BPNews