Time and again, the same illogical claims about Islam keep popping up from various people, whether they are pundits, commenters, or self-styled “experts” on Islam: Islam is “violent,” it calls for the “killing of all non-Muslims,” Muslims “must hate all non-Muslims,” or that Islam is a religion of “domination,” not of peace.
Add to this the litany of cultural horrors that some Muslims—but not only Muslims—practice, such as child marriages, female genital mutilation, and so-called “honor killings,” and those horrible practices are unfairly projected upon Islam as well.
Of course, there are some Muslim extremists who believe in and do such things. But, those who hate Islam paint the entire faith with the sins of these extremists. There is no nuance, no sophistication to their analysis – whatever the terrorists do is “real Islam,” and the actions of the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims is a ruse, or taqiyya(dissimulation).
Does no one else see this illogic? Think about it for a moment: If one were to judge the United States by the actions of its criminals, it would be easy to think that America is a truly terrible place, full of murderers, rapists, thieves and thugs. But, everyone knows and understands that America is not defined by the actions of its criminals.
The same is true with the misdeeds of American soldiers overseas. Whether it is those soldiers who urinated on Taliban corpses or the soldier who allegedly shot and killed dozens of civilians, including children, everyone knows (and says) that their actions do not reflect the reality of America and its people. And, this is completely true.
Extremism is not the norm