I love the quote from the film “Kingdom of Heaven” when the Knight Hospitaller says to Bailan:
I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I’ve seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness – what God desires – is here [points to Balian’s head] and here[points to Balian’s heart] and by what you decide to do every day you will be a good man…or not.
Here is a man who seems to believe in religion:
He went into the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, but he did not want Chocolate. He was looking for trouble in the name of extreme Islamism. You can say what you like about Islam being peaceful, but as long as we have people like this the overwhelming image of Islam from non Muslims will be dictated by people like this.
Ask this lady, a clerk in the Chocolate shop who ran for her life, if she thinks Islam is a religion of love.
Ask this guy, who holds the Koran aloft, why he also needs the AK 47
Now I guess some Muslims will tell me that Christianity has a terrible reputation for violence, and you would be right. Christians used to behave in the past the way some Muslims are behaving today. But that was the past.
Some Muslims will point out that these people do not represent “Muslims”. Sorry, but they do. And as peaceful Muslims you need to do something about them. Take responsibility for how Islam is portrayed.
I am sure of one thing; God does not speak from the barrel of a gun.