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.