Muslims are quite possibly the most misunderstood people on the planet. Media outlets erroneously depict them as radical, women-beating, West-haters. While these misguided “Muslims” exist, do not forget that the KKK prides itself on being "Protestant." Yet most Protestants reject the Klan’s intentions. Likewise, most Muslims reject the extremist’s intentions.
In reality, Islam promotes peace and friendship amongst both Muslims and non-Muslims. The vast majority of Muslims are non-violent and peaceful. They try to express disgust publicly for the actions of bin Laden, the Taliban, etc. Unfortunately, the media silences them. Portraying Muslims as terrorists gives the government a great excuse to invade Muslim nations and steal the abundant oil.
In Islam, men treat women with great respect and compassion. Although many Muslim women choose to wear a scarf, the Quran (Muslims’ Holy Book) does not explicitly state the need to cover one’s head. Doing so is to preserve modesty and prevent unwanted attention from men. (Ladies, do you really like creepy men following you around and trying to spit game to you? Have you noticed that the less clothing you wear, the more common this is?)
Now about violence: The Quran only permits combat as an act of self-defense. Muslims should fight back to defend themselves if others jeopardize their safety. Fighting must be a last resort, when peace talks fail and danger is imminent. In the Prophet Muhammad's time, Arabs would torture and kill Muslims. The seventh-century Arabs wanted to eradicate Islam because of its differences to their mainstream culture. That is why the Quran told early Muslims to defend themselves. After all, America rightfully defended herself after 9/11, Pearl Harbor, etc.
Terrorist "Muslims" are radical idiots who normal Muslims detest. While normal Muslims do not fully understand their motives, it is clear that they follow a falsification of the noble religion of Islam. Very few “Muslims” are terrorists, obviously. With nearly two billion Muslims, they could easily take over the world if they wanted. Nevertheless, the true Muslims do not and that is why they will not.
“God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers.” (60:8).
“Fight in the path of God those who fight you, but do not aggress. Surely, God does not love the aggressors.” (2:190).
Surah Al-Anfal states, “And if they incline to peace, so you must incline to it.”
I am a “normal” Muslim living in the United States. I love America but I oppose the war. I am a normal person who loves to play football, lift weights, make money, go out with my friends on weekends, race people in my GT Mustang, and go to the beach. I also love to pray to God (Allah) and I sometimes pray for peace in the Middle East. Most of my friends are Christians and Muslims, but I also have friends of other religions. I really do not like Bush because of the damage he has done in the Middle East and to our economy. If you want to know what Islam is really like, then take a good look at the lives of the real Muslims, such as myself. Do not base my religion on the cowardly actions of a crackhead like Osama bin Laden.