And now, a message with no humor whatsoever:
I want to believe that Islam is a religion of peace, but the words we hear and actions we see in the West are entirely different. The Islam we see is a religion of intolerance and extremism, a violent, sexist, barbaric culture desperately holding on to a way of life rooted in the 7th Century.
I know that the terrorists and extremists are a tiny fraction of Islam, but they exist with the tacit approval of the majority of Muslims. The rest of the world doesn’t have enough bombs or guns to fix Islam from the outside, and until the Islamic world evolves from within, it will always be a religion of hate, of intolerance, of terror and barbarism.
My opinion doesn’t count for much, especially when I wax political, but I think the truth lies in Martin Luther King’s words: Islam will have to repent not merely for the hateful words and actions of the extremists but for the appalling silence of the peaceful Muslims.
Today is a day for mourning and remembrance in the United States, but it should also be a day when every Muslim is ashamed of what their “religion of peace” is capable of, and how their appalling silence makes such hatred possible.