Good point. Hence your logic must expand to include not blaming Islam for the extremist groups that are terrorizing, and using Islam as their rally cry.I said:Do you blame Christianity for the IRA, though?
Even if the IRA doesn't use Christianity principly as a shield, isn't it still, in its heart, a Christian terror group fighting other Christian terror groups and the British government?
Unfortunately because of the current scourge of terrorist groups using Islam as their justification for what they do, the the word Islam and the picture it puts into the current day mind brings loathing and disgust (if not outright fury), to those that aren't Muslim, and I suspect, an embarrassment and shame to a great many of those who are Muslim.
This could be a case of "shoot the messanger" to save the message. The problem is which messangers do we shoot? (neutralize)
And why is the Muslim world apparantely inept at or unwilling to police its own fold? Surely as human beings they should realize that a laisez fare attitude in this current situation will result in outsiders eventually coming into the Muslim back yard to hunt down and kill the "rabid animals" hiding there, with or with out the owner's permission. Hell, these people are blowing up their own neighbors and family as we speak! In Sudan, they're killing, raping and expelling Muslims like themselves because of the color of their skin, and ethnic origins.
Perhaps Islam itself is the unfortunate jewel that attracts the eyes of hardcore predator or tyrannical types.
Then again, I could be all wet. Come to think of it, I am all wet, and partially submerged because the storms here. ;-)