October 11th, 2014
10:46 PM ET

Let's be honest: Islam has a problem today

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By Fareed Zakaria

When television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that "the Muslim world...has too much in common with ISIS," and the author, Sam Harris (a guest on his show) concurs, arguing that "Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas," I understand why people get upset. Maher and Harris made crude simplifications and exaggerations.

And yet, they were also talking about something real. I know all the arguments against speaking of Islam as violent and reactionary. It is a vast world of 1.6 billion people. Places such as Indonesia and India have hundreds of millions of Muslims who don't fit these caricatures. That's why Maher and Harris are guilty of simplification and exaggeration.

But let's be honest: Islam has a problem today...There is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. A small minority of Muslims celebrate violence and intolerance, and harbor deeply reactionary attitudes towards women and minorities. And while some moderates confront these extremists, not enough do so and the protests are not loud enough. How many mass rallies have been held against ISIS in the Arab world today?

But now the caveat, Islam today, is important.

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  1. MIke7

    These murdering ISIL terrorists need to be carpet bombed out of existence.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Sandvichmancer

      The problem is, the more territory they take, the more innocents they surround themselves with.

      No point in bombing someone for cruel, brutal beheadings if you turn around and kill every single person in a twelve block radius, including their future victims.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • Rao J.

      Reactionary? No, the hate against minorities and women are inbuilt in Islam. let us accept.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • Dee Kay

        The moderate muslim is an oxymoron

        October 12, 2014 at 12:42 am |
    • PeterM

      Fareed, you yourself are part of the running scared who is afraid to meaningfully speak out against Islam. Look how tepidly you tread on the subject. And how short a piece you have written here! It is so much more complicated than the good guys are in India and Indonesia and the bad guys are in the Middle East. Don't insult us. We in America know all about this hate-filled, violent "religion of peace." Don't try to make a bridge between Islam and the western world. Figure out what side you are on the bridge and get there. You know the truth. But are too afraid to say it.It's tough when one of your own goes against you. You thought you had the liberals all on your side. Let Bill Maher be the first defector.

      October 12, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • kinger

      at one time Arabs were some of the worlds best in ARTS& SCIENCES,now thanks to relgion they destroy others art and can only dig tunnels and build rockets...salaam

      October 12, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  2. Atul C

    Mr Fareed, you're wrong. It's a small fraction of Muslims who do not condone violence, rest approve of it. When do you see fatwa being issued against such terrorists like they do it against anyone who insults/disagrees with Islam. There are very few moderates within Muslims who are stifled within the society. Given a choice, most of them would like enjoy freedom, women would like to drive and get educated. To show the world that you really don't approve of violence, let Muslims condemn Sharia law.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Lara

      In Iraq alone, a fatwa against ISIS was placed in over 50,000 mosques. So your comment is illegitimate and lacks knowledge on the issue. Just because the west does not cover it in the media, it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Rab Bar

        That Fatwa was only posted after ISIS turned on the Iraqis, and not in the Sunni region!!! The reality, is that the Moderate Muslim is in average supporting any and all terrorist group against the civilized world, either actively or through its Mosque.

        October 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm |
    • Ahmed

      Dont simply write for the sake of writing.. Sharia law is ever existing in muslim world.. Due to Sharia law Saudi and Many muslim nations has the lowest crime ratio. Every part of the world are going through killings. How many in a day get killed in India.. Naxalites in India, Mafia kill many innocents.. So it is not the law of land which is bad..Some bad elements are in every society..

      October 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Reply
      • Rab Bar

        Seriously? The Sharia law is unregulated and often the subject of abusive behavior by its executors who often act as terrorists not different from the ISIS militants. In fact, the Sharia is a control tool from dictatorial countries to maintain the population in its best behavior by fear of unchallenged punishment regardless of whether guilty or not. It is a tool of the ruling by fear for the countries which use it.

        October 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm |
      • Kevin

        @Ahmed,, Saudi does not allow any other religion in their country...in Pakistans Sunnis are killing shias and other minority muslims..Why Sharia low not doing anything. People like you ignore ISIS since you like it... When Sunnis started getting killed, everyone jump up... I think Sunnis are the cancer of ISLAM. Get rid of them first...IMO

        October 12, 2014 at 12:01 am |
      • Dee Kay

        there are some bad elements in every society, and then there are some societies which are bad themselves, as a whole. These, the world calls muslim countries.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:43 am |
      • Indy

        Define crime ? Islamic freedoms like : flogging women , lashing women, treating women as personal property and not allowing them to drive or let roam around without male companions , male could have 4 wives but not females, males can divorce just by saying a magic word 3 times but women are not allowed the same luxury , beheading, treating kafirs and killing kafirs when holly months are passed and many more miracles of Koran ???

        October 12, 2014 at 1:31 am |
    • Ted

      Islam has a problem, and it is called Koran, the most narcissistic and murderous piece ever written. Even Hitler's Mien Kampf is kindergarten book comparing to Koran calling for force conversion or mass murder of all humans on Earth. Pure Evil.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Perhaps if you read the Koran, you'd have a different opinion. Unfortunately, many like you who have no clue about the book, ridicule it out of fear.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:10 am |
      • tomkas

        Ferhat, I think the fear is in the Muslim world. You have a hard time telling America there is fear here. There is fear that the Muslims will not correct the problems that are arising from the Koran. These people who do not tolerate other religions are driven by their religion and unless you can tell me any different, I think their religion is based on the Koran. You are confused and a reading of the Bible may help you to see what a truly tolerant person is like in the new testament. Maybe the world would be better off if ISIS was to read the new testament of the Bible.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:36 am |
      • Melody

        @Ferhat, why do you assume no one has read the Koran? I have and well quite frankly it's one seriously disturbed religion. Go even further and find out Islams history and how the religion came into being and you might rethink your stance on your love for this religion itself. Everyone has a right to follow the religion they chose however, don't be so blinded by the religion you were probably born into and not try to discern whether it is good or evil.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:37 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Melody: I have read the Koran. I actually have 3 interpretations of it. It is easy to take the Koran out of context without reading it fully. You have to read the whole book. Every verse every chapter. Not just a few sentences. Then you'll see that the book is all about forgiving, peace and tolerance. Unfortunately, many read a few sentences or chapters and already make up their minds.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:52 am |
      • Indy

        @ Ferhat Balkan, I could read Koran but then I fear that I could become a terrorists so better stay away from it. On the other hand I have a suggestion like not to follow Koran, then see what miracle happens ... no terrorism and beheadings any more !

        October 12, 2014 at 1:34 am |
  3. Lara

    I agree with many points in this video. HOWEVER, there is one point I disagree with. "And while some moderates confront these extremists, not enough do so and the protests are not loud enough.How many mass rallies have been held against ISIS in the Arab world today?"

    The main people fighting against ISIS are Muslims themselves. And yes, people in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are funding them, but those are people in their corrupted governments. And there have been protests led by the people against the governments and they get shut out. Why doesn't the US place economic sanctions on those countries instead of trading with them.

    If there were honest people outside of the Middle East who truly wanted to end extremist groups, they should stop funding them.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  4. AtheistHuman

    Religion should be wiped off the face of this planet... Islam should be on top of the list

    October 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • Kim

      Well said!!

      October 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • tomkas

      So one religion says that all others should be wiped off the face of the earth. Now the no religion says that all religion should be wiped off the face of the earth. I think both of you have problems with the way you think. No difference between the two. LOL

      October 12, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
  5. Edgar

    ISIS. Is NOT the only Crude terrorist. The (ISIS)are not the only killers here. USA and Allied countries are BRUTAL killers as well.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • tomkas

      Very confused Edgar Very confused

      October 12, 2014 at 12:42 am | Reply
  6. Carlos

    True in every way.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  7. ahmed

    you will never see anything positive happening from the muslim world on news outlets here. They will only focus on these groups. Amazing !

    October 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • tomkas

      So Ahmed, you don't think ISIS is news? This is the American version of CNN. If you want further coverage, you need to go to CNN international. But to the American people, ISIS who would slaughter infidels because they think differently than ISIS does, that's pretty big news and basically opposite to the way the majority of Americans think. Slaughtering people because of their Religious beliefs is big news in a country that was based on freedom OF (not from) religion.

      Personally, I'm appalled that the whole Muslim world is not up in arms against those who would think the ISIS does. But unfortunately, we live in a time when progressives either rule or have so placated society, that many in the world today are complacent to atrocities that are being committed by Islamic radicals and that includes the rest of the Muslim world. Where are the informed Muslim societies such as India? Hmmm. Nowhere to be found in this battle against these radicals. India has a great army, but yet there is no discussion about righting this wrong from the people of that country. Maybe that is the best indication that the majority of the Muslim world condones this type of radical behavior?

      October 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • REDRAG

      Exactly what "positive happenings" have occurred in the muslim world to be reported upon? Here's your chance to enlighten us.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • commonsensepoliticalparty

      Stop beheading people and perhaps you will get some positive press.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Rab Bar

      Pretty much all conflict over the last 50 years are linked to an issue with Muslims!

      October 12, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • Indy

      Could you list the positive things from Islamic worlds then ?

      October 12, 2014 at 1:35 am | Reply
    • Lee S

      Please, fill us in on all your accomplishments...

      October 12, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
  8. Blue Saffron


    October 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  9. Sroz

    We hear of all the millions of peaceful Muslims but we never hear FROM them. So we are left with a face of Islam that is violent and cruel. History teaches us that the Muslims were first in enlightenment when the West was in the Dark Ages. Something happened. Despite all the millions of peaceful Muslims, Muslims today they are not known for their excellence in math or science or art or organization or government. That seems all in the past. Something is wrong.. .

    October 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      "something happened". You mean the crusades happened? If that's what you mean, then you'd be correct.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
      • tomkas

        Since the crusades???? You are kidding me. America rose to what it is today in 200 years. It takes the Muslim world the time since the crusades to rise to be a great nation. You are kidding me right?

        October 12, 2014 at 12:44 am |
      • tomkas

        Since the crusades???? You are kidding me. America rose to what it is today in 200 years. It takes the Muslim world the time since the crusades to rise to be a great nation. You are kidding me right??

        October 12, 2014 at 12:48 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @tomkas: Read about the "Golden Age of Islam". Then read about the Crusades that followed and the gradual decline of the golden age.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:56 am |
      • tomkas

        Ferhat, This is the real world. We live here today. Romanticizing about the past will not help. Trying to justify behaviors today based on something that happened hundreds of years ago only makes things worse. Stop making excuses and change for the better. You cannot blame the past for the future. I'm sure you will find that in the Koran somewhere.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:15 am |
      • allen

        The crusades were not Christians fighting Muslims, but the Pope trying to reestablish the Holy Roman Empire. It was also warriors fighting warriors. Not criminals picking on old men and writers. ISIS seems not able to bring a fight to a fighting man, but kidnapping old men and those who carry a pen instead of a sword. Those guys are a bunch of cowards, they tie up old men...

        October 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
    • gwtars

      Maybe we would hear FROM them if they were actually asked or approached by media to say something. Instead, they have to live with the fear of being lumped in with extremists despite not being any part of it. There's the saying, "Muslim terrorists are to Islam what Westboro Baptist Church is to Christianity". Should all Christians be lumped in with Westboro, or lumped in as supporters of the American terrorist group "Army Of God", responsible for several bombings and murders? No, they shouldn't. And, it's not OK for all Muslims to be lumped in with ISIL or any other "Islamic" terrorist groups.

      The most ironic thing is that we have Judaism, Christianity and Islam all sharing common roots, with the same "elder prophets stemming from Abraham, from the same region, from the same BUILDING in Jerusalem in fact, each claiming that they are the "true" religion of peace, love and tolerance, yet have spent thousands of years fighting and killing each other.

      October 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  10. Syed Haider

    We are all presuming that people fighting for ISIS are Muslims. I am a Muslim and I know that killing an innocent person is the worst crime in Islam. If some one takes a life of an innocent person it is as he has killed the entire humanity.
    This is the Islam – the peaceful religion I follow. I don't know what Islam the ISIS following.
    Please don't blame the religion – blame the hypocrite that are distorting and damaging the religion. May Allahs curse be upon them- Amen

    October 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      ISIS consists of many foreign fighters (some from Western countries). Many are recent converts with "Idiot's guide to Islam" in their pockets. That says a lot about their knowledge of Islam. Yet, SOMEHOW to Islamophobes and bigots alike, they're representative of Islam.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
      • tomkas

        Then STOP them instead of trying to tell us there is something wrong with them. By not stopping them you condone their actions. We are tired of their killing and they are killing in your name. STOP them!

        October 12, 2014 at 12:51 am |
      • SrJonah

        Do you think that's our problem? Why?

        October 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm |
    • Indy

      What about killings of Kafirs when holly months have passed as per Koran .... please don't quote from it you will find 100s of contradictions . Looks at the truth ... Action speaks louder than words !

      October 12, 2014 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Lee S

      Whats your definition of "innocent?" Do non muslims fall into that category?

      October 12, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  11. history

    no one jamming their commuications? WHY I PAY $1000's a year for cellphone AND THOSE M f er pay nothing???? why i pay for my food to feed my 5 kids and THEY PAY NOTHING nwith free UN food aid? for 20 kids and wives???? this better get cleaned up sooner then later

    October 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  12. jack

    A small minority of Muslims celebrate violence and intolerance,
    I have lived in few places. And every place that has Muslim population has religious violence associated. Lets be honest, its not small minority that has problem. Its small minority that is peaceful, rest of them jump at the word of Allah.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  13. celibatelesbian

    To indict Islam with Jihadi Radicalism without indicting Judaism with Z-ionism and Christianity with Right Wing-ism is to be intellectually dishonest and morally inconsistent .

    October 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Reply
    • commonsensepoliticalparty

      When was the last time the Christians and Jews beheaded innocent people? When was the last time Christians and Jews forced people to convert to their religion with a gun to their head? You can sit and compare all you want, in the meantime, the Western world is going to take care of it's problems.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply
      • tomkas

        The Western world does take care of it's problems and would never sit back and condone this type of behavior. I think it's the middle east that lets this happen to see what they can get out of it. Where will they benefit from others killing is what they think That is is the problem. If there is benefit to others doing the killing then they will not stop it. The western world will stop a killing because it's wrong. Oh, wait, there is one in the western world who will not stop a killing because it is wrong. That one person is in the white house.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:57 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @commonsensepoliticalparty : When was the last time the Christians and Jews beheaded innocent people? The cartel in Mexico did it this year. They're Christians. Does that mean Christianity is to blame? No. Miyanmar Buddhist monks did it to Rohigya last year. Does that mean Buddhism is at fault? No. Jews bombed thousands of innocent Palestinians this year. Does that mean Judaism is at fault? No. A few thousand extremist Muslims beheaded a few prisoners this year. Does that mean Islam is at fault? No. But apparently, some in the media and far right politics seem to think Islam is somehow different.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:12 am |
      • tomkas

        Ferhat, don't bring the Jews into this. They have enough problems with the Palestinians trying to kill them. They are surrounded by those who would want them destroyed. Wanting to destroy others for their religion is not the way the West thinks. You will get no sympathy for the Palestinians here when their goal is to destroy the Jews. Sorry.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:26 am |
    • tomkas

      The cartels are criminals. Are the ISIS criminals? If so why isn't Muslim trying to stop them? The Cartels are chased and hunted by all western countries. It is against the laws. I don't see the Muslim countries trying to stop ISIS except for those who are in danger from ISIS. ISIS must not be against the Muslim law. Things really look bad for Islam.

      October 12, 2014 at 1:23 am | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        tomkas: Islam is not a country to "respond". ISIS is perhaps the worst terrorist organization we've seen, but there's really is no local group of people who can stand up to them. At least right now. Besides, last I heard, Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Qatar are all helping the coalition.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:37 am |
  14. william fitzwater

    In every bad theogy there needs to people to police ideas that go too far. All religions pratice tolerance help for weak the poor & dispossed. All religions also punish the other guys ideas emphises on right ideas vs wrong idea often polrize & demonise outside ideas & practices .
    Islam s stuck in image problem . this imagic problem is of violent extremism . However Christianity has its share of bad actors as well. My feeling is islam needs to police its own weeding out & marginalizing ideas that breach boundaries of humanity violent its beliefs & tenants. Many do & this is good. The west is stuck in a battle for Islams soul ;that soul being inclusive forward thinking religion taking its place amongst others in great world of ideas or Islam of hate violence fear bunker mentality of feeling persecuted & thus in violence and hate selling as its main focus .

    October 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  15. commonsensepoliticalparty

    No $#!* Sherlock.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  16. Ch.Mohammad Anis

    Actuly islam is not a problem.Problem is a small group of people who are so far from the islam & as well as from our prophet Mohammad.If we want peace & hormany amongs the nations & religions then we need to tollrate each other & respect the other religions too.Above all we all are humens so lets gather for the sake of humanity & forget other things.I belive our good work & kind words can change the others bcoz they are also humen.Lets live togather for peace & properity.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Rab Bar

      Islam is indeed a problem as it support violent eradication of anyone with a different belief, whether another interpretation of the Koran or another religion.

      October 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  17. Ferhat Balkan

    I find it amazing that the media portrays Islam as some sort of unified religion imbued with fundamentalism... Nothing can be further from the truth. There are nearly 2 billion Muslims on Earth, that's 1 person out of 4. To suggest that all Muslims are the same is a bigoted statement. It's sad to see people like Bill Maher ridiculing Islam. Islam is in fact the most diverse religion in the world. There is no single leader for Muslims such as the Pope for Catholics. There is not a single man who is in charge of the whole religion. Islam originated in Arabia, but Arabs make up about 10-15% of all Muslims. Every Muslim majority country (whether it's a secular or non-secular) has different rules, different cultures, different views of the world. Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey all have moderate views of Islam and each of those countries has very different cultures, laws and systems in place. Over the past century or so, you've seen a lot of conflict in the Middle East, but it is all due to the discovery of "black oil" when the West started to interfere in the internal politics there. Western countries are now treating these Middle Eastern countries like their own personal gas pumps or gas stations. Neither ISIS nor al-Qaeda were in Iraq when Bush decided to invade that country in 2003. You take any country, any state anywhere... Surround it, bomb it, replace it's government with a puppet regime. What do you think will happen? Exactly what you see in Iraq today will happen. Regardless of which religion, you'll get the same result. You do the same to Texas, and you'll have radical fundamentalist Christian terrorists rampaging through the streets. You take Israel and do the same, you'll have radical fundamentalist Jews doing the same. The only place you see this happening is in the Middle East and you wonder why there's radicalism there? Well, let's see... We are currently bombing Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia etc. What happened after bombing these countries? More radical extremist groups emerged.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      I think you are missing the point. when your own people kills minorities and other sect, you ask for help to USA. May be USA should just ignore all your internal killings. Sunnis will kill Shias, Shias will kill Sunnies, Kurds will kill Sunnies and so on. Every country where Islam is in majority, they fight each other. Every country where Islam is in minority, they tend to fight majority. They just can not live in peace...i think it is time for your guys to wake up IMO.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        No one asked the USA to bomb Baghdad during the 2003 invasion. Yet, Bush with his "cowboy diplomacy" decided to bomb Iraq on false pretenses. Since then all sorts of radical groups emerged in Iraq. How is Iraq any better now than it was before? Am I still missing the point? Don't start wars in places you don't know anything about.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:24 am |
      • tomkas

        Ferhat So you think Bush started this Islam killing?? That Islam wasn't killing until Bush. Maybe you need to study history to find that Bush was trying to stop the killing, in an area that is critical to the future of the world. You are very confused if you think Bush started the Islam killing of each other. That is a very weak excuse for Islam killing.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:03 am |
      • tomkas

        Ferhat..."Don't start wars in places you don't know anything about." So let you just kill each other. I think that is what Kevin is trying to say. The problem is that you are killing each other in the middle of the oil fields. What you don't understand is that the world is getting tired of you behavior. Twenty years ago we had to put up with it because you are where the oil is. With improvements today, we don't have to get the oil from you, so you will get what you want. The world will stop using your oil and we will use our own, we will leave you alone and do you know what you will have then?? An empty desert to live in. Think about that. Without income form oil, there is nothing there. If I was Islam, I would behave myself so that the world does not go elsewhere for it's resources. The world will only put up with so much of this bad behaviour

        October 12, 2014 at 1:10 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @tomkas: No, Bush made it worse. And listen to yourself first. You said Islam killing. First, it's not Islam. Arabs have been killing each other before the days of Islam. Second, killings happen all around the world, not just Muslim countries. Does that mean we have to go bomb every single place there's violence? Indonesia is one of the largest Muslim populated countries in the world, do you see the same there? Malaysia.. Same thing. Perhaps you should read their history as well?

        October 12, 2014 at 1:20 am |
  18. Ted

    Islam has a problem, it is called Koran.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • Rao J.


      October 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • Rab Bar

      Islam does not have a problem! It is a problem!!!

      October 12, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • M P

      Has anyone read it?

      October 12, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
  19. Rao J.

    Reactionary? No, the hate against minorities and women are inbuilt in Islam. let us accept.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • M P

      Rao, How so? What about the cast system and not women treatment in your religion?

      October 12, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
    • Ken Kantor

      I see, so there is nothing in the Bible that suggests the subjugation of women, by violence if necessary? There is nothing in the Bible directing the killing of non-believers? What is the difference between ISIS and the Crusades? (Besides ISIS intending primarily to establish a State in its own backyard.)

      Inequality and the lack of opportunity is the problem. Religion is simply a means to control and direct the masses, and create good soldiers. Replace religion with education and the world will be a much better place.

      October 12, 2014 at 2:05 am | Reply
      • Amy G. Dalan

        The difference between Crusades and ISIS is 1000 years. There is no group using the Old or New Testaments to justify the killing of people today. Your question is the answer. ISIS is using beliefs and tactics that have not been used for 1000 years. 1000 years ago these beliefs and tactics were not unusual and in some ways could be defended, but not today.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:37 am |
  20. Steve Kasian

    "Islam has a problem." OH, YA THINK?? A real Einstein, this one.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Steve Kasian

      Perhaps if Zakaria and his ilk had spent more time being REAL about islam over the past several years instead of crying discrimination and bigotry, things might be a little further along in the discussion.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply
  21. Rasheed

    Fareed, your brain has a problem! You (media) keep giving coverage to the worst fringe and give them importance and contribute to their growth. The blood of many Muslims that were killed by IS or Americans that were beheaded, IMHO, is on the hands of the media.

    Have you ever covered peaceful Muslim groups like the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (alislam(dot)org), which has potential to bring peace to the world? Do you know about their blood drives for 9/11 and Boston Marathon victims? Oh but that would fall out of line with the theory that the media is propagating – that Islam has a problem.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply
    • Steve Kasian

      @Rasheed: Fact is, there is no muslim majority in the world who is speaking out against the sickness that is radical islam. THAT is the problem. In fact, it's just a big a problem as the jihadis themselves. How can you complain about islam getting a bad rap when you and your ilk do little to disuade the very radicalism that gives it that bad rap? STAND UP, ALL OF YOU, AND START MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. BE READY TO DIE FOR YOUR BELIEFS, if that's truly what you believe, BECAUSE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN ARE DYING WHILE YOU SIT IDLY BY, COMPLAINING ABOUT THE MEDIA WHILE DOING NOTHING AS A COMMUNITY TO PUT A STOP TO IT.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        "Fact is, there is no muslim majority in the world who is speaking out against the sickness that is radical islam". That is untrue. There are many who speak out. All the time. But their voices get drowned by the mass hysteria and bigotry against Islam.

        October 12, 2014 at 12:41 am |
  22. Dan

    Islam has a Jihad tenet, which specifically demands a holy war against non Muslims. As such, much of the charitable donations that so called 'moderate Muslims' make goes to fund Jihad around the world. Islam, unlike other religions also demands involvement in state and everyday social behavior. Thus, many Muslim countries are dictatorships, and others need a very strong military to prevent an overtake.
    Worse, Muslim countries prevent individuals from acting as an individual in social contexts, a person dressing or speaking too out of line, for example, is not accepted.
    Islam has laws designed to force people to stay in Islam, and from a young age imbeds itself in the people's consciousness (Calls to prayer from far away, 5 TIMES A DAY).

    October 12, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
  23. brandine

    The solution is simple. The elimination of religion. Get rid of it. ALL of it.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
  24. llatpoh

    Here is the crux of the issue in Osama’s own words in an internal letter to fellow Saudis:

    “Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue — one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice — and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?

    Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: [1] either willing submission [conversion]; [2] or payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; [3] or the sword — for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die. “
    - The Al Qaeda Reader p 42

    October 12, 2014 at 12:22 am | Reply
  25. M P

    Islam as a religion never had nor will have any problem. The problems are those Muslims who are not representing their religions in its purest form. God does not need us but we need God! Let's not blame any religion of God which is the how our Creator intended us to live on earth but the people who manipulated the religions they way they wanted and call themselves representative of the religion. This goes to every mouthiest religions.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:25 am | Reply
  26. Nino

    ISIS, Bodu Bala Sena (Sri Lanka), 969 (Myanmar).. they all fall under the same category. Extremism. It exists in all faiths, Islam unfortunately gets the spotlight in spite of equally violent events that have happened in other parts of the world by religious extremists from other religions. An incident by a single muslim will make headlines in western media whereas a incident by someone from another religion usually doesn't. Ever since 9-11 muslims worldwide have been under constant demonization while all eyes are blind to the crimes committed in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India against hundreds of thousands of innocent muslims and christians. The hypocrisy is astounding.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Steve Kasian

      You are a liar, and as such should be summarily executed.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • Steve Kasian

      Oh, alright... I am kidding.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Well said Nino. Thank you.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:33 am | Reply
  27. CamelRocket

    There will always be turmoil in the Middle East and this is yet more proof (again this year). The world would be a much more peaceful place without these insane and blinded fanatics who need to be wiped off the Earth at all costs.

    The only difference between ISIS and the Western Muslims is that the ones in the U.S. don't have their weapons and bombs in order yet. Don't be fooled; there is NO difference between the two as their "faith" intertwines with the same beliefs – all who are not Muslim shall die.

    Don't tell me there is a Western version of the Quran filled with pictures of fluffy bunnies and flowers – it's ALL the same violent behavior over NOTHING and needs to be stopped, rectified and dismissed at all costs.

    October 12, 2014 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • Steve Kasian

      The only way to remove the threat is for the world as a whole to invalidate islam as a legitimate religion. And we all know that's never going to happen, so that pretty much tells you where we're headed...

      October 12, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      You know... Another man once spoke as you did... His name was Hitler.

      October 12, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
      • Kimo

        and don't forget that the Muslim world supported Hitler in the Holocaust.

        October 12, 2014 at 1:43 am |
  28. mbutler91c

    "Islam has a problem." Gee...ya think?

    October 12, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
  29. mbutler91c

    Anyone else here think that this Ferhat Balkan is a CAIR plant?

    October 12, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
  30. M P

    May be everyone should read Quran so we all understand the root cause of this world problems? What is in it that causing people do what seems like irrational acts?

    October 12, 2014 at 12:41 am | Reply
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