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Lecture questions ‘why so few terrorists?’

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02

Kurzman said the reason terrorism gets so much disproportionate attention is because of media coverage.

“Terrorists live on public attention,” he said. “If we did not cover it in the media, their plots would have failed. …The force multiplier for terrorism is our response.”

Kurzman acknowledged the importance for the media to cover the events, but emphasized how much power it gives to terrorists. 

Crystal Corona, a junior majoring in public health, attended the event and said she agreed strongly with the point of the lecture. 

“It’s really interesting,” Corona said. “Certain people, like journalists, will give it so much attention that the terrorists are winning and getting what they want.”

Kurzman went on to explain that almost all Muslim leaders have denounced terrorist attacks on civilians as “un-Islamic,” and except for some issues, agree strongly with Western ideals of democracy.

“Muslims and non-Muslims have relatively similar levels of belief in democracy and democratic ideals,” he said. “It is important as we study terrorism to study non-terrorism or the lack of terrorism. (We should not) forget that the vast majority of Muslims are not engaging in these acts of terrorism and would never

want to.”

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Anonymous
Fri Feb 15 2013 14:45
Kurzman lives in fantasy-land.Here is what some ex-Muslims say about Islam. I encourage you, and all Muslims, to free yourself."But the religion of Islam means Peace!Or does it?...The Good MuslimsAlthough there are certainly many good people who call themselvesMuslims, all of these people are either living in terrible fear of leavingtheir religion, or have been duped by it. Or, they choose to remain eternallyclueless about it...And then of course there are the many evil Muslims. Those Muslimswho KNOW that Islam is evil.Those Muslims who happen to be personally honorable Muslims, areironically, the very worst of Muslims, for they give a very bad religion a goodname and aid in its continuation. Those Muslims who act as Imams and Islamic"academics" and work to further the goals of this fundamentally unjust,inherently violent, and highly intolerant religion are also doing great harm tohumanity.If these above mentioned groups of persons continue in their waysand succeed in keeping Islam alive and flourishing, the world will be a trulydark place no sane person would want their son or daughter to live in. The timehas come for all Muslims, both laymen and learned, moderate and fundamentalist,to objectively re-examine the religion they currently believe to be infallibleand beyond the need for critical examination. The horrible truth about theIslamic religion must become known if humanity is to survive.It has become obvious to many Muslims that there is something seriously wrongwith Islam. But what? What is wrong with Islam? Was Muhammad merely a sickhuman being and a liar? Is Islam the corrupted product of many different hands?These questions are well worth asking as there is so much at stake. Thosepeople who are good people and adhere to Islam must be asking themselveswhether Islam is in fact a religion come from God as Muhammad proclaimed. ThoseMuslims who know of Muhammad's questionable behavior (murder, assassination,thievery, pedophilia, etc.) are now wondering whether they want to continueblindly following this sick man and his hateful and violent religion.Unfortunately, the fear that Muhammad's Islam has induced in theminds of Muslims has rendered them incapable of thinking rationally about thereligion. This is changing though, as more and more Muslims become exposed tothe grotesque truth about Muhammad and his Islam. Upon learning the truth aboutIslam, honest people of integrity begin the profoundly liberating process of apostasizingfrom Islam. It can definitively be stated that no decent person of sane mind,knowing the real facts about Islam, could remain in the religion with a clearconscience. We informed apostates of Islam know for certain that Muhammad'sIslam is in reality the exact opposite of what it claims to be.Most Muslims genuinely do not know how evil Islamic ideologyreally is. It is an indisputable fact that Islam institutionalizesdiscrimination against women and non-Muslims, effectively puts an end to freedomof speech and freedom of conscience, and ensures perpetual warfare amongstmankind. Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is not a flawless faithreceived from a god on high. Muhammad was not the perfect man. This "religion"is so perverse in fact, that it demands that those who leave it be killed.Muhammad was a deranged man. He was so deranged in fact, that hehimself believed his own lies. He made his living and satisfied his "needs" bycreating enemies and then raiding and looting their property. Muhammad and hisgang of criminals butchered thousands of people during their raids. Often thewomen and children were spared death only to be enslaved and sold for profit orused as concubines and free labor. Many of the modern day followers ofMuhammad's cult of Islam want to re-live that savage age. They want toslaughter "infidels" and take their wives. They want to see stonings,amputations, and mute women in full length black garb on every street. Theearly Muslims became Muslims by being duped or threatened by that convincingmad man. Modern Muslims, even the most educated, are Muslims due to either fearor ignorance, period.Those folks who consider themselves to be good Muslims must beterribly disturbed when witnessing the constant horrors being created aroundthe world by their co-religionists who rightly justify their evil deeds in thename of Islam. Tragically, according to Islam, Muslims need only treat Muslimsjustly - to hell with the rights of those who will not submit to Islam. Themisery and loss of life being created by Muslims acting upon Islamic doctrineis staggering. The harm that Islam has wrought upon humanity is withoutparallel among the world's religions. It has now become crystal clear tosensible people that Muhammad's legacy is the most shameful and harmful legacyof all of the leaders the world has come to know by name. The name Muhammad nowdenotes disgust, distrust and dishonesty. Though for Muslims, as any "truebeliever" will tell you, Muhammad must still be considered the perfect...




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