Originally posted by scherzo
I mean, it's like Christianity with one more prophet. That's all. It's like all Jews hating all Christians because Christians think Jesus was a prophet. And it can't be Muslim terrorism, because Jewish and Christian terrorism is much more prevalent. It can't be the sexism that pervades the fundamental branches like the Wahabi, because these principles are ba ...[text shortened]... principles, and the Old Testament is followed by all Abrahamics to some extent.
As pointed out by others, not everyone hates Muslims. Some of my best friends .. etc.
However, everyone I know, liberal, conservative, black, white, red, blue, whatever, despises people who use Islam to cover up their corrupt, fascist, totalitarian regimes and their terrorist proxies.
Islamofascism refers to use of the faith of Islam as a cover for totalitarian ideology.
Everybody I know hates Islamofascism. No one I know hates Muslims.
Besides, Muslims are really among the world's most wonderful cooks and storytellers, not to mention architecture and other arts.
For example, I'm in the midst of "My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk -- and it is entrancing, a delight, and brings the world of 1520 Istanbul and beyond to life.
I don't care if my neighbor is Estonian, which is the case, or a Martian, as I suspect the English Professor next door may be. So long as they are peaceable, law abiding, good people (or Martians) who cares?
Those who want to spew their hate and violence -- those we will deal with accordingly.
I may not follow Islam or agree with this or that Muslim belief or practice, but they have a right in this country to their religion, and to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I will not stand by, as so many have, and let them be singled out or victimized based on who they are as Muslims -- that is why we have a Holocaust museum on the national mall -- to educate people that just because some so-called muslims flew planes into the World Trade Center, not all Muslims can be faulted for it.