Islam: A “Dangerous” Religion?

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have become increasingly interested in the religion of Islam and in the politics of the Muslim world. 2009 has been a year full of news regarding American/Muslim relations, from President Obama’s June address to the worldwide Islamic community to the shootings at Fort Hood in November. Although many feel that Americans have grown more tolerant of Muslims, a survey released last week indicates that the majority of American Protestant pastors feel that Islam is “dangerous.” LifeWay Research, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, surveyed over 1,000 Protestant clergy and found that two out of three agreed with the statement, “I believe Islam is a dangerous religion.” Careful to defend the survey’s wording after evangelist Franklin Graham received negative publicity for calling Islam “violent,” the president of LifeWay stated, “It’s important to note our survey asked whether pastors viewed Islam as ‘dangerous,’ but that does not necessarily mean ‘violent’.”
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One thought on “Islam: A “Dangerous” Religion?

  1. Of course Islam is a dangerous religion, and so is Christianity. The blood soaked history of both is ample proof of this.

    But more fundamentally both religions are energized by the belief that they alone possess the one true way/faith/revelation. Which of course implies that ALL other faith traditions and their various cultural expressions are wrong or full of errors. And thereby HAVE to be converted to the “one true way”, using whatever means that are necessary. And that we have a “great commission” so to do.

    These two references reveal the unvarnished truth re the world-conquering impulse at the root of christian-ISM



    What is pointed to, and described in the above two references is still happening, perhaps even more strongly than ever before.

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