Muslim Boston Bomber was Angry Because People Thought Islam was a Violent Religion

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Experts in the field of interfaith appeasement are still uncertain why Americans think Islam is a violent religion. Many courageous fighters against prejudice have tried to get the word out that Islam is a Religion of Peace. One of them tried to spread the word at the Boston Marathon, but his message was misunderstood and now Americans seem to think more than ever that Islam is a violent religion.

The only way to break this cycle is to convince Americans that Islam really is peaceful and then the peaceful religion will stop killing us. And if that doesn’t work, the government is setting aside a stimulus plan for digging head-shaped holes in the dirt for every American.

 Elmirza Khozhugov, 26, the ex-husband of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s younger sister, Ailina, said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been enamored of conspiracy theories, and that he was also concerned by the wars in the Middle East.

“He was looking for connections between the wars in the Middle East and oppression of Muslim population around the globe,” Mr. Khozhugov said in an e-mail. “It was very hard to argue with him on themes somehow connected to religion. On the other hand, he did not hate Christians. He respected their faith. Never said anything bad about other religions. But he was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.”

One of the ways that Tamerlan Tsarnaev respected Christianity was by saying things like: “the Bible is a cheap copy of the Koran” and “the United States goes to war based on the Bible.” It’s clear that Tamerlan was trying to be respectful by giving the impression that Christianity was just like Islam.

Since then a magnificent amount of progress has been made. Americans no longer think of Islam as a violent religion. They think of it as the reason why an 8-year-old boy was murdered.

  • tagalog

    How could anyone have considered Islam a violent religion? What possessed them to draw such a conclusion?

    I can see where it would have made good Muslims like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar so upset they just had to blow up a couple of hundred infidels with explosives in defense of Islam.

    • truebearing

      Violence isn't violence as long as an enraged, homicidal Muslim says it isn't. All of that footage of Muslim violence, not to mention the unbroken 1500 year string of Muslims killing anyone outside of their cult, is just media bias, racism, and Islamophobia. The word "violence" needs to be re-defined by the true experts, The Muslims!

      • jes happinby

        great piece, mr. greenfield, truly Onion-eriffic

        • Mary Sue

          Onion-errific? Somehow I don't think that's a compliment.

      • tagalog

        Islam is a truly "I" and "Thou" mind-set. "I" am all-important while "Thou" are subhuman and fit only for extermination.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Whatever gobblygook they utter it matters not a whit. Islam condones barbarism and even sanctions it – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/06/islam-barbari… …therefore, its strict adherents must be deported – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/06/islam-barbari

    Their dogma is incompatible with western countries and it is NOT a tiny minority!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • jakespoon

    Islam is a religion of peace,doubt that and "I keel you".

    • defcon 4

      Hassan CHOP!

  • Anonymous

    Well, I suppose, in a literal sense, people only *thought* Islam was a violent religion, and Tamerlan was hell bent on proving it (to dispell any doubts).

  • http://twitter.com/quillerm @quillerm

    Why did the Boston Bombers like Obama and support his Presidency? They hated Americans so much, that the savage bombing of innocent men, women and children was of no concern. They were mere Infidels, to be enslaved, or slaughtered. But for some deep reason, both of these cowardly Murderers liked Obama and praised him on their Twitter accounts. Could it be Obama is doing more damage to America than these cowardly terrorists could hope for? This is a troubling issue that most of the media refuses to print or even explore. Is the truth that dangerous?

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Anyone who criticizes Islam first starts off by saying that he is not against Muslims, he is against the violent ideology in Islam. This is nonsense and disingenuous. An ideology does not kill people, it does not plant bombs or slit people's throats or rape people or burn down their homes. People do. Just like guns don't go off by themselves, any ideology needs followers who will act out according to their own desire. Islam is very violent and the Koran does instruct people to kill. But without those willing to carry out these instructions, no violence would take place. Only a tiny handful of Muslims are willing to decry the violence. The vast majority either claim ignorance or knowingly remain silent or actively participate in it. We are quickly approaching the time when we are willing to admit this.

    • Infovoyeur

      I still seem to feel, the Problem is "elements" who as Muslims and in name of Islam, speak and act in ways lethal to Western and world civilization and culture ( = World War IV). I focus not on religion of Islams or even people called Muslims, but on this Element. (BTW you are very true that degree of radicality varies within Muslim population, indeed.) Why my focus thus? Partly scholarly (I not expert on this), part humanitarian (I saw Muslims in Minneapolis purchasing groceries for their families, not bellicose), but mainly for Practical Politics. To endlessly inquire "Is Islam Peace or Sword" and "how many Muslims want how much Sharia," etc., sneakily detracts us from the issue. Make that THE, ISSUE… Which is that, not to repeat the above, but it is that "elements," wish our utter cultural-spiritual annihilation and hence must be met with mirroring resolve to safegard civilization.

      • defcon 4

        The ideology of islam wouldn't be a problem if millions of people didn't believe in it. Just like nazism, an ideology doesn't exist in the ether, but in the minds of its followers. I judge muslimes by how they act when they're NOT inhibited by the civil rights of non-muslims — as they are in all their various islamofascist sewers.

  • Jon MC

    Oh that's almost too exquisitely ironic!
    "he was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.” … so the responds by … killing people.
    You gotta love the logic.
    As Jakespoon said don't say Islam's violent or I keel you! (Okay, Achmed, we got the message.)

  • Toni_Pereira

    I'm not surprised that those two blokes were angry because people thought Islam was a violent religion. I'm shocked that grown up people on the left take this crap seriously…

  • Jay

    All we see of the Islamic religion is hate towards anyone who is a Christian, or is different, and the desire to kill them. There is never a display of the peaceful loving people they say they are. How are we supposed to feel about their religion.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "How are we supposed to feel about their religion."

      Fearful and submissive. Or I'll kill you. First test of submission is stating an obvious lie to flatter them…like; Islam is a religion of peace.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        How about "Can't we all just get along"………….nope………….William

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "How about "Can't we all just get along""

          It depends on which 'we' you refer to. One Global government? No. multiculturalism as defined by leftist liars? Obviously not.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            You are obviously correct………………..William

  • Matthew Pope

    Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."

    Quran (2:216) – "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

    Qur'an (4:74) – "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward."

    you combine this being drilled into there heads since birth, and the other Islamic influences around them you get a terrorist. All Muslims are potential terrorists, as they are commanded from Allah to commit terror to spread Islam. (2:244, 2:216, 3:151 and many many more.)

    It is time to try to educate ill informed Muslims as to the truth of the cult and there prophet. You only need to read Bukhari Hadith to realize that Muhammad was a slave owner, rapist, pedophile and mass murderer.

    What this animal says is a statement to his own ignorance. The bible and torah are nothing like the Quran. We need to educate these Muslims, before it ends up being too late.

  • http://twitter.com/Neurotic_Knight @Neurotic_Knight

    Islam is a religion of peace, Hitler wanted to unify the world, we get it,

  • gee59

    I have noticed that not one Islamic leader or scholar has ever denounced an act of terrorism as being counter to Islamic belief. They can't because it isn't.

    There is no radical Islam – this is merely the main stream

  • Ghostwriter

    Is it any wonder that many Americans view Islam as a violent religion? It's stuff like this and the reluctance of it's adherents to condemn acts of terrorism are the main reason for it.

    • defcon 4

      There are muslimes who routinely denounce acts of islamic terrorism. All I can say is so what? What are they doing to stop acts of islamic terrorism? What are they doing for the tens of thousands of victims of islamofascist terrorism?

  • JacksonPearson

    Islam and actions taken by human beings based on the political ideology of Islam must be hated and resisted and eventually eliminated just as we learned to do with the Nazi Philosophy and their holocaust.

    In the West, people ask whether Islam can undergo a reformation like the one that Christianity underwent. That's a poor parallel. In Christianity, it wasn't the religion that needed to be reformed, but the church; what Jesus preached was good. On the other hand, In Islam, it's not the community that is bad, but the religion. Islam has nothing like "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Islam is full of hatred, and the hatred is in Muhammad himself.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Who hates God………..Satan, and Muhammad is Satan's Prophet………………..William

      • JacksonPearson

        "Who hates God………..Satan, and Muhammad is Satan's Prophet………………..William"

        "Allah" is Satan's current alias… "Barack" is Allah's current ally…

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Islam is not suffering from repression, they are being resisted where there is clear thinking
    and a sure understanding of the eminent dangers associated with allowing Muslims to get
    a foothold in secure areas where thier evil and perfidious life styles are not allowed, we
    call thier conduct felonious and reprehensible..a clear danger to freedom………………….William

  • defcon 4

    Mr. Greenfield is very good at ripping off the veneer of civilization that hides the jihadi ape behind.

  • OldOllie

    I guess he showed us, didn't he?

  • Hank Rearden

    A lot of people saw the photograph of the man in the wheelchair being helped by the guy in the cowboy hat. The picture was cropped just below the knees of the injured man, so both legs are intact, albeit the right one looks black from burns.

    BUT…you can easily find on the Web the uncropped picture. If you see it, it stays with you. It shows that the left leg, which still appears intact in the cropped picture, is just a bare bone! Amazing the guy was still alive although you can see a tourniquet above the knee.

    Just the bloody bone!

    This is the guy who when he came out of anesthesia where both his legs were amputated, immediately told the cops that he had seen "the guy" – it was Tamerlan – who looked him in the eye as he put the backpack down on the sidewalk. This fellow was standing next to the bag when it went off, blowing all the skin and muscle and his foot off his left leg.

    And we have the family – Martin Richard, his sister of a similar age, and their mother, all standing at the finish to see their father. Martin is dead, and we can imagine that his skin and muscles were probably blown right off his body; his sister has lost a leg; his mother has had brain surgery. A family, looking to the future, unbelievably damaged and Martin dead.

    That is what we are talking about. A grotesque, disgusting death cult. Cat Stevens converted to Islam and then said that Salman Rushdie should be killed. What does that tell you? Cat Stevens is a great artists in the realm of popular music.

    Let's take them at their word – they live death more than we love life. Got it. Good by.

  • tagalog

    Cat Stevens is -WAS, actually- a reasonably talented artist in the realm of popular music.

    He's a Muslim pig in the realm of the real world.

  • Paul

    The Bible was written before the koran. If anything the koran is a cheap copy of the Bible. The Bible was finalized by the Catholic Church in 395AD, two hundred years before mohammad.

  • Rory Gorey

    I am a Satanist, and I support Islam.

  • Akan

    Yes these verses are mentioned because the idol worshippers and pagans persecuted the Muslims, durin that time . It is mere logic for someone to defend himself. The word Allah is Arabic for God. Allah(God) says orders not to transgress. Islam means to submit your will to God. All the prophets who came including Jesus , came with the message of worshipping the one true God who is the creator of all. We respect other faiths and we never insult your religion, but you speak vain things when you don’t even have knowledge of any kind. One day we will all stand before God. I suggest you start reading about Islam before speaking . And look at the biblical and Quran similarities. Quran is the final revelation of God. If you say that Allah (God ) is satan then you are truly lost. How is it so when Allah’s (God’s)commands are only good.
    TRUTHFULNESS
    “O you who believe! keep your duty to Allah and speak straight, true words.” (Holy Quran 33:70)
    HUMILITY
    “Do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exultingly.” (31:18)
    PATIENCE
    “Allah loves those who are patient.” (3:145)
    FORGIVING
    “Pardon (people) and overlook (their faults). Don’t you love that Allah should forgive you.” (24:22)
    PURITY
    “He indeed is successful who purifies himself (in mind and body), and remembers the name of his Lord, then prays.” (87:14-15)
    GOOD
    “Do good to others, surely Allah loves those who do good to others.” (2:195)
    PARENTS
    “Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and do good to parents. If one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say ‘Fie’ to them, nor chide them, but speak to them a generous word . . . and say, My Lord, have mercy on them as they brought me up when I was little.” (17:23-24).
    FEEDING THE POOR
    “(The true believers are those) in whose wealth there is a known right for the beggar and the destitute.” (70:24-25)
    NEIGHBOR
    “Be good to . . . the neighbour belonging to your people and the alien neighbour.” (4:36)
    ANIMALS
    “Whoever tills a field, and birds and beasts eat from it, it is an act of charity.” (Messenger of Allah , Muhammad peace be upon him
    JUSTICE
    “Allah commands you that . . . when you judge between people (i.e., of any race, religion, family, class, etc.), you judge with justice.” (4:58)
    Non-Muslims
    “Allah does not forbid you concerning those people who do not fight you because of your religion, nor expel you from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly.. . . Allah forbids you ONLY concerning those people who fight you for your religion, and drive you from your homes and help others to expel you, that you make friends of them.” (60: 8,9)

    And many more… A beautiful religion yet you know not…

  • Akan

    Yes these verses are mentioned because the idol worshippers and pagans persecuted the Muslims, durin that time . It is mere logic for someone to defend himself. Please don’t generalize because there are black Sheeps in Islam and Christianity. Terrorism and the killing of innocents is not part of Islam. The word Allah is Arabic for God. Allah(God) says orders not to transgress. Islam means to submit your will to God. All the prophets who came including Jesus , came with the message of worshipping the one true God who is the creator of all. We respect other faiths and we never insult your religion, but you speak vain things when you don’t even have knowledge of any kind. One day we will all stand before God. I suggest you start reading about Islam before speaking . And look at the biblical and Quran similarities. Quran is the final revelation of God. If you say that Allah (God ) is satan then you are truly lost. How is it so when Allah’s (God’s)commands are only good.
    TRUTHFULNESS
    “O you who believe! keep your duty to Allah and speak straight, true words.” (Holy Quran 33:70)
    HUMILITY
    “Do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exultingly.” (31:18)
    PATIENCE
    “Allah loves those who are patient.” (3:145)
    FORGIVING
    “Pardon (people) and overlook (their faults). Don’t you love that Allah should forgive you.” (24:22)
    PURITY
    “He indeed is successful who purifies himself (in mind and body), and remembers the name of his Lord, then prays.” (87:14-15)
    GOOD
    “Do good to others, surely Allah loves those who do good to others.” (2:195)
    PARENTS
    “Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and do good to parents. If one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say ‘Fie’ to them, nor chide them, but speak to them a generous word . . . and say, My Lord, have mercy on them as they brought me up when I was little.” (17:23-24).
    FEEDING THE POOR
    “(The true believers are those) in whose wealth there is a known right for the beggar and the destitute.” (70:24-25)
    NEIGHBOR
    “Be good to . . . the neighbour belonging to your people and the alien neighbour.” (4:36)
    ANIMALS
    “Whoever tills a field, and birds and beasts eat from it, it is an act of charity.” (Messenger of Allah , Muhammad peace be upon him
    JUSTICE
    “Allah commands you that . . . when you judge between people (i.e., of any race, religion, family, class, etc.), you judge with justice.” (4:58)
    Non-Muslims
    “Allah does not forbid you concerning those people who do not fight you because of your religion, nor expel you from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly.. . . Allah forbids you ONLY concerning those people who fight you for your religion, and drive you from your homes and help others to expel you, that you make friends of them.” (60: 8,9)

    And many more… A beautiful religion yet you know not…

  • Brian David Williams

    I’m supposed to feel sorry feel sorry for this terrorist bomber , who is not violent and does not hate Christians (?) ……….why ? He is a terrorist and did detonate a bomb on innocent civilians ( I don’t care if they were Christians or not ! ) and you think the American people are burying their heads in the sand ? Where is you head ? A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist …….