I’m just going to throw this question out there and see how people respond: Why (generally speaking…
Stephen Moore

Islam seems to preach and teach a disdain for the infidels. Convert or die, seems to be the mantra. So first, I think that what you are insinuating is true: Islam begs for this radical response where other religions may not. However, I would not be so hasty to absolve other religions of similar hatred and violence. The Old Testament is filled with stories of a religious people showing radical devotion to their God at the expense of everyone around them, and from an outsiders perspective, the Israelites were scary. Second, I think there is a serious issue of media bias at hand. Terrorism is sexy and it drives up ratings. People are dying to know what ISIS is doing and to hear speculation as to what they might do next, and the media knows it. You may not hear as much or at all of the abortion clinic being bombed or of the Buddhist temple being ransacked, but that does not change the reality some people live in. Thirdly, and I think this ties to point two, the scale of hatred is different from our eyes because of where we were raised. An attack on Europe or the US seems like an attack on the entire world, because it is our whole world. I’m not saying that ISIS isn’t a “world problem” (ie. Kenya, Burkina Faso), but I think we emphasize their hatred towards us over the hatred of other religions towards outsiders.

I’m open to being wrong. But at the moment, that’s how I see it.

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