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American Muslims, are you offended when someone draws a picture of Mohammed?
February 02, 2015

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American Muslims, are you offended when someone draws a picture of Mohammed?
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This question was posed on Reddit, a popular website that relies on user-generated news and discussion. The question saw over 8,000 responses, and many of them are surprising.

The overwhelming consensus was 'no, not really.' Some said they they personally are bothered by images of Mohammed, but are not bothered by the simple fact that others create these images. Some made a case that Islam does not actually forbid depictions of the prophet and that the entire controversy is the result of a few loonies.

One Reddit user called out the extremists of her own faith:

'I'm a muslim, I have lived in North America for the last 22 years. First of all, there is NOTHING in the Qur'an that says anything about drawing images of the Prophet.

Secondly, Islam, JUST like Christianity, asks you to turn the other cheek.

Thirdly, what I fail to understand is why the "muslim" world, even the moderates, gets into a tizzy when a cartoon of Mohammed is drawn but have no problem with thousands of cartoons published daily of God, this shows me that they hold Mohammed above God which they will CATEGORICALLY deny but actions speak louder than words.

I think Muslims, even moderate ones, do a very poor job of "turn the other cheek". Is your faith or system of belief SO weak that a silly drawing can shake you to the core?

Another American Muslim offered a surprisingly tolerant message:

'My father told me a long time ago, I was about 5-6 years old, when I asked him why do other kids eat pork if it isn't allowed?

He said, 'Because not eating pork is our rule, not theirs. We do not have a right, nor any reason to ask them to do anything the way we do it. They are living their life with their own rules.'

In fact, I can say with 100% certainty that they are more offended by the actions taken by these people that have cut short so many lives. That have left numerous families in tatters. That have and will destroy many more. I also am more offended by that.

These are the words of Americans, who are capable of exercising religious freedom without demanding that others abide by their religious principals. Sadly, these people are not the majority of Muslims. By reading the comments of American Muslims, it's easy to see just how radical those who are really running the Islamic world are.

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