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  1. Dear Readers, forgive me if I have put this in the wrong section or it occurs elsewhere in your website. I came across your site while researching Islam and whether or not it is a religion of peace. I found myself on a page where many people had posted that Islam was a peaceful and caring religion and somebody from Canada was reacting quite unpleasantly to other writers suggestions. From that, I felt that I should put a few thoughts forward as a non academic, Christian, in an attempt to see the other side of the coin. Firstly, can I say that I know two Muslims and both of them are good honest and kind people, both of them know that I follow Jesus Christ and neither of them are rude or unkind in any way to me. So I can identify with individual followers of Islam being peaceful people. I have also noticed that recently, there are more people complaining that Islam is given "bad press" which makes it out to be hate fuelled and filled. As mentioned before, I am not intellectual but I can research on the www and read various magazines and I can see very clearly why people feel that Islam or Islamic governments or Islamic spiritual leaders, are accused of being involved with war etc. Now I can see why a western newspaper full of naked girls would dislike Islam and make up lies and distort the whole Islamic population because one idiot calling himself a follower of Islam, commits some horrendous crime, but there is so much more information from very balanced sources. I would be grateful if some readers could tell me why so many Islamic countries are either at war, affected by civil war, or have human rights issues. When I read of people being made homeless or put to death for changing their religion in some Islamic countries, is this actually true? When it is reported that church children are raped and the parents beaten before their church is set on fire, is this really happening? If this is part of living in for instance in the molluccas (have I spelled that right?) its part of Indonesia that I read about, does the Islamic government make a stand for the oppressed and punish the perpetrators? For many years, one part of the church has had a reputation for fiddling with children, recently it has apologised, in history, armies went to war calling themselves followers of Christ, I would hope that true Christians would view what they did with disdain. Do Islamic leaders (I don't know if you have a head one, like the Pope) ever actively attempt to stop things such as those mentioned above or the hate preachers on city streets. I look forward to your response
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