vf wrote:And your assumption is wrong because you're ignoring what's causing the violence and just blaming a religion.
Aside from violent jihadism you're only describing a theocracy of any religion. Weird how the violence has proliferated in war torn countries. It's almost like it has more to do with it then the religion they follow.
And yes religion changes over time and there is no one true version of any of them. It's why there are sub sects of every religion, but, somehow you manage to glaze over that and dump it at the feet of all of them. If your argument was Wahhabism is a problem I'd be inclined to agree with you. You lack specificity.
I'm not only talking about violence (views on women, gay, lack of secularism in govt, etc), but there are many examples of wealthy western violent Muslims. And, anyway, the argument is that it's an important factor. There are many disenfranchised groups. Not many engage in civilian killing. Islamic religious tradition can apparently be interpreted to support martyrdom. Would suicide bombers be doing such a thing if they didn't believe in heaven? Lots of reasons why they do it. Religion is an important factor.
The primary problem is with the idea of the sacred. Some things that can't be questioned. Not specific to Islam, but more strongly enforced.
More specific problems derive from the Quran and hadiths. They support backwards views. Some sects hold to fewer of them than others. All believe that Muhammed, a paedophile, is God's prophet. They also believe in a god who supported the actions of Muhammed.
The old testament (and much of the new testament) is also fucked. Fortunately, most Christians just ignore it now.