“Muslims are not terrorists,” and “terrorism has no religion,” as Twitter has taken to saying today. In the wake of attacks on parts of Paris, leaving 128 people dead on Friday the 13th, 2015, the world mourns the collective loss.
Unfortunately, some are also blaming the loss on Muslims in general after Syrian extremists claimed responsibility for the attacks. This has led many in the Muslim population to speak out, trying to tell the world that their religion doesn’t make them terrorists.
In the same way, even though Christianity was the cause of countless lives lost throughout history, it doesn’t mean everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is a murderer. According to an opinion piece from The Daily Beast, it has been a popular practice to say phrases like that uttered by Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade.
“That debate is almost like our debate on training wheels. That was our debate seven weeks ago. And they can’t handle the give and take of the debate. They were outraged that someone was saying that there was a reason there was a certain group of people that attacked us on [September 11]. It wasn’t just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”
Many Muslims on Twitter heartily disagree with those words, telling the world that “Muslims are not terrorists” using that ever handy internet symbol, the hashtag.
The Daily Beast continued to say that the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks were not acting on their religious beliefs, but on political beliefs.
Some enterprising Twitter users even posted an excerpt from the Quran, which proves that Muslims are not terrorists by condemning violence. The quote says, “Whoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whoever saves the life of one, shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.”
Muslims today are trying to make the world aware that they are not all to blame for the tragedy which happened in Paris on Friday the 13th.
— No Namee (@SaSsyY_sAsSYy__) November 14, 2015
Think Progress says that the attacks, such as the one in Paris and the one on September 11, 2001, weren’t done by Muslims. They were allegedly carried out by the Tamil Tigers, the Irish Republican Army, and the Lord’s Resistance Army, says the site.
According to Time Magazine, further proof that Muslims are not terrorists comes from the fact that even before the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria attacked Paris, those of Muslim faith were taking to social media to condemn those involved. They were all united in the idea that Islam is a faith of non-violence. Several Muslim leaders, religious and political, had officially denounced the attacks before ISIS took credit.
#MuslimsAreNotTerrorist I am muslim and I am NOT a terrorist! And that won’t change.
— Lis (@4lisaxo) November 14, 2015
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called the Paris attacks a “crime against humanity,” and has now been forced to postpone his plans to visit Paris as part of Europe-wide trip this weekend. Making the trip even more difficult is the fact that European airports are heightening security much like the United States did after the September 11 attacks.
It’s difficult to differentiate the facts when news reporters such as Brian Kilmeade make blanket statements out of ignorance.
— Pâülíñė (@BiebsPauline) November 14, 2015
Hundreds of statements from Twitter have been made by actual Muslims trying to convince us that we have them judged wrongly.
Do you agree that Muslims are not terrorists, and that terrorism has no religion?
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