I repeatedly hear Muslims in the US claim Islam is the religion of peace, but fail to see them proving they are by being as or more peaceful people than people of other cultures. When I hear that I often wonder who they are comparing themselves to, the Vikings?
From what I can see Middle Eastern Muslims have had a history of violence and intolerance even among themselves that continues even today. Muslim sects have been massacuring each other over trivial differences in their own perception of what a good Muslim is for ages and even today Sunni and Shia Muslims are murdering each other as fast as they can. Oh and it doesn't stop there, they don't play well with any other religions, and have killed or driven out practically everyone who is not Muslim from many Muslim dominated countries. Their record of violence against homesexuals, Christians, Jews, anyone who disresprects their religion, and even their own women who misbehave according to Sharia Law is ongoing even today.
I also hear people say the ones that immigrate to the US are not that way, they are the tolerant ones, the real followers of true Islam but in the US they don't prove that's true. As a group they are very accepting of others in their midst who support and perpetuate acts that I consider terrorism. Radical elements in their communities and mosques have even radicalized many American converts, who then committed violent acts against other Americans, in the name of Islam. Here again, who are they comparing themselves too, I know of NO other religious groups that regularly seem to inspire violent terrorism against Americans as often as Islam. The term "suicide bomber" is practically unheard of being associated with any other religion.
Muslim advocates like CARE constantly make it sound like Muslims are constantly being terrorized in the US, but there too the numbers don't seem to support their claims. There are about as many Muslims in the US as Jews and many times more anti Semitic crimes reported than crimes against Muslims. No hate crimes are good but CARE's prmis that suggests Muslims are uniquely under attack is quite exaggerated. Even CARE themselves has been associated with providing support for terrorism, and that resulted in a severance of ties between them and several US administrations including Obama's.
I know there are lots of peaceful Muslims, but the overall religion can't claim to be the religion of peace as long as the greater body of Muslims continue their current track record. If Muslims want us to believe Islam is all about peace they need more than a montra, they need to start acting that way.