"Up until 9-11, I considered Islam one of the three great monotheistic religions. It was not the actions of the terrorists that roused my suspicions, but the silence or obfuscation of the rest of Islam on the matter. If a group of Catholics had done that, I knew my Church would immediately rise in righteous anger to denounce the terrorists, to condemn them and proclaim excommunication on any who adopted such poisonous doctrines contrary to the faith. That did not happen with Islam. About the best they could muster was the “street-gang” defense: “It wasn’t us.” – denying personal responsibility while remaining ambivalent – and often excusing – the act.
It was that disturbing episode that led me to study the Koran. It is
not very large…only about the length of the Psalms. I was stunned. I had
heard all the quotations “proving” that Islam was a religion of peace.
It was a shell game. To simplify, the Koran has two very different sets
of rules, one for fellow Muslims and another for infidels. All the
quotations supporting the “religion of peace” fantasy come from sections
on how to treat fellow Muslims with whom you are in conflict. The rules
for infidels are that they must convert or die. The only wiggle room is
how long you give them to convert before you kill them."