I am getting tired of all the Muslim bashing.
Islam is a religion. It is thousands of years old. It is just as old, and established as Christianity and Judaism. You know Abraham in the Bible? Yeah, he's the source of Islam too. At the heart of the faith, as with Judaism and Christianity and almost every other world religion, is the teaching to love others as you love yourself, and to love the Lord completely. That is what the vast majority of Muslims believe, and what the vast majority of them practice.
Now, are there some that don't practice that and go to extremes? Yes, and the extremes have been horrible -- and they are justified in some interpretations of the Koran. Of course, there are some interpretations of the Bible that blame the Jews for the death of Christ, and think homosexuals should be stoned to death. Really, just ask Mel Gibson.
I know, I know, the extremists are easier to handle. It's easy to hate someone that you believe hates you and wants to destroy you and all you hold dear. It's harder to simply accept someone of a different faith, and acknowledge that while other members of their faith have done horrible things, they are part of an extremely small faction -- and are in fact condemned by other members of the faith. If you don't have to think about all that it makes it easier to burn holy books, and condemn houses of worship, and even say flood victims shouldn't be helped because of their religion. While that might be fun, it also costs us our humanity, one slur at a time.
Also, I'm pretty sure Jesus prefers if we are nice to everyone, doesn't he? And I think Jehovah, and Yahweh, Krishna, and Buddha were pretty clear on that point as well. So, let's just stop the name calling and religion baiting now, okay?