Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly: thereafter either generosity or ransom:
I've often heard from Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace. In fact, every Muslim with whom I've had acquaintance over the years has been a respectful person that I considered to be an individual with integrity. In fairness, none of these people would have been considered Islamic fundamentalists. Casual Muslims, I suppose.
This stands in contrast to the images I've been fed by the Western media. The furor we witness over recent depictions of Mohammed seems, to me, entirely archaic. Will Islam ever progress beyond this puerile reactionary nonsense? Can they truly call their religion one of peace, when it is obviously militant in nature?