The Religious Stereotypes.
If to have a look at history of religions that can be seen as all their followers suffered from the stereotypes and prejudices. In Holy Bible you can meet an approval that the Jews are God’s chosen people!
Remember the punishments of Catholic church over the progressive scientists, the burning of heretics! The Catholic church was the organizer of 8 crusades! Throughout the centuries it destroyed many discoveries which didn’t correspond to religious dogmas!
To fight against the Reformation in 1540 there was created Jesus Society. Members of this organization the Jesuits were ready to use the hidden dagger or poison at the right time. The word Jesuit became a symbol of artful treachery!
However these examples from textbooks of history are also a unilateral view of religion and its followers! Along with these unattractive facts the Jesuits carried out many charity events and big educational work among the Indians of South America!
Brilliant example to it is the Catholic priest Las – Kasas who first wrote about the atrocities of the Spanish conquistadors!
On the background of the last acts of terrorism in Europe and the USA there is wide spread islamophobia today. You know, it wouldn’t be desirable to look for the guilty of these events. However, when on television they showed the excesses of emigrants in Europe my elder son asked: And who responsible for it? Who bombed Syria, Iraq, Libya? Same European states! Who achieved that Moammar Gaddafi who cared for social protection of the population was brutally killed by crowd? I wouldn’t like to comment the speech of my son, but, you know, I had no counterarguments!
It would only be desirable to remind that Islam has nothing in common with terror. As well as Judaism and Christianity. All these phenomena the result of sneaky policy of some politicians! Because of this mean policy they can pull out skillfully several phrases from the Scriptures and with success to set unfortunate people at each other!
Just look what happens if to tear some words from the context out.
So Catholic preachers organizing the crusades used the Christ’s words: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword! ( Mattew 10/34)
And more: And these enemies of mine who were unwilling for me to rule over them, bring them here and slay them in front of me.'” ( Luke 19/27)
In the same way some fanatics calling themselves as Muslims use a concept of Jihad for fighting against the gentiles! They don’t know that the Jihad was originally used as a fight of the personality against the defects! Then, when the Muslims became an object of attacks from idolaters, the prophet Muhammad permitted them to be protected! For the same reason the great Muhammad Ali refused to serve in Vietnam! Because it is possible to use a weapon only if there is a threat against your life, life of your family, to your house!
And to know about tolerance of Islam in relation to other religions I would give some references from the Koran.
Say, [O believers], “We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.” … (Al – Baqara 2/136)
So if they dispute with thee, say: “I have submitted My whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me.” And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: “Do ye (also) submit yourselves?” If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants. ( Al – Imran 3/20)
I would also remind that the Ethiopian king Negus was the first who has protected the Muslims. Having learned about with what respect the Islam concerns to Jesus and Maria he has been shocked and hasn’t given Muslim refugees to mekkanets – idolaters.
You know what means a Muslim greeting: As Salam – Aleikum! That’s mean Peace be Unto You!
Think logically: whether the person wishing the peace to another is ready to kill him brutally? And again: Terrorism Has Nor Religion, Not a Nationality!