I think it is a natural human reaction to assume that the true, or most representative of a religion, are either originators of the religion, or the most vocal of a religion, or those you see performing the most acts in the name of that religion...and if all of these groups are the same group, then all the more reason to believe you are seeing what that religion truly is.Trisha, did you just take in the views which supported your view that Islam is the root cause of most terror related activities prepertrated by Muslims? Because there is a good lot of us here which have denounced and state that there is nothing in the Quran which supports such activites?
If this is incorrect, if somehow these are a minor few, and they have somehow erroneously convinced the world that THEY are Islam, then as a representative of the 'true' Islam, I would think it would behoove me to rise up in consternation - frustration -incredulity-etc. and march in cities all over the world, appear on television to denounce these people, support organizations that denounce these 'hardliners', howl and make a ruckus.
But do we see this? No. Abit of lip service on some blogs. An occasional apologetic and sympathetic nod to our 'slightly overzealous' brothers. It's simply not enough. If what you say is true, you should be mortified and fighting vehemently this image.
Come on, people march in the streets and make a huge deal for all sorts of stupid crap these days, and you guys do so little to dispel this 'supposed' highjacking of your religion?
Do you wonder the world just doesn't buy it?