Well Irish they did used to chain the bible to the church back in the day, course that was probably to keep from people stealing it. Sorry to come late to the party, getting set up for my first time to college has been hectic. As I'd already pointed out in the previous thread that spawned this one, with the writings in the Koran, the hadith's, and the generally militant history of Islam, one can of course see its not a religion of peace. That's totally against what all the evidence points out to us, not to mention actions speak louder than words. Plenty also depends not only on ones interpretation of religious text, but what they do with it as well. AQ and those that practice a form of suffi/Wahhabi Islam are about the closest practitioners to the "pure" form of Islam. While its not the brand everyone practices, it's closest to the teachings of the religion. However despite the fact that you can't turn back time no matter how badly they want to, given cultural, tribal, ethnical, and sociological considerations, most Muslims don't/can't/won't practice this more "pure" form of Islam, though,many try to come close. Islam itself also helps promote and breed xenophobia and xenophobic tensions and traits, which only helps create a more vicious circle, in this case not trusting or wanting to help outsiders even though it might be the morally right thing to do, i.e. knowing there are IED's along the road and not saying shit to a platoon walking down the road. It's not right, I hate it, I hate that "not my problem" attitude and using what religion says you should do as opposed to what you know is right to do. It's not a pattern exclusive to Islam, but it's more common and seen more in parts of the world where Islam is practiced. History further helps enforce these negative attitudes and helps to focus negative energy and ideas when it comes to Muslims too, as the jihadi's just love to continually remind people of the crusades, but of course forget to mention some of islam's more militant conquering times in its history. All of this is not to say its exclusive to Islam, as most religions have a rich history of murder, conquering, killing non-believers, and general hypocracy in them, but again, Islam tends to come out stronger in these regards.