|Is Islam a Religion of Violence or Peace?|
Is Islam a Religion of Violence or Peace by Jim Denison
President Obama recently addressed America from the Oval Office. In response to the San Bernardino massacre perpetuated by ISIS sympathizers, Mr. Obama stated: "Muslim Americans are our friends and neighbors, our coworkers, our sports heroes—and yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country."
He called on American Muslims to do more to counter radicalism in their religion and country. And he called on all Americans to resist profiling and discrimination against Muslims.
The success of his appeal rests on the degree to which Islam is a religion of peace. There are between five and eight million Muslims living in America, and 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. If some Muslims believe that ISIS and other terrorist groups accurately represent Islam, there is cause for great concern.
So, is Islam a religion of violence or peace? How is the answer relevant to the global threat of terrorism we face today?