Islam: The Religion of Peace. Or not?

Islam is often presented as “The Religion of Peace.”

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If it really is that, why do terrorist groups (eg. Hamas), theocrats (eg. Ahmadenijad), Muslim scholars (both currently and over the centuries) quote The Koran and the Hadith to justify their very NON peaceful and intolerant positions?

Do all the above represent, a distortion of a “proud religion” as President George W Bush has stated? Or are they a correct application of The Koran and Hadith?

Sorge Diaz, the creator of the WesternResistance.com blog argues that Islam is, at its very core a dangerous Religion of Violence. That Mohammed’s life exemplified the repression and murder of non-believers, that Islam utterly rejects any separation of Mosque and State. That what is meant by “Peace” in Islam is not liberty, but submission to coercive Islamic rule.

During this interview I refer to a website – Islam-Online.NET – recommended by the supposedly “moderate” Islamic Council of Victoria. Here is what Islam-Online.NET says about apostates (those who leave Islam):

If a sane person who has reached puberty voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be punished.?? In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (or his representative) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

An interesting issue that comes up during this interview is the significance of the Iranian President’s letter to President George W Bush in which he invites the US President to convert to Islam. This is the protocol established by Mohamed to issue a Declaration of War.

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