In response to the comments of Ashfaq Taufique in The News October 27, I think that he is cosmeticizing comments about "the faith" of Islam. I do believe that all Muslims are not likely prone to violence, but all are commanded by the Qur'an to wage jihad on the non-Muslim. Jihad is doing anything that contributes toward taking down the non-Muslim country for Allah.Bingo. It is the reader who's told everybody what they need to know.
I do not believe that American converts to Islam are told all the truths about Islam, particularly women, or they likely would not join.
The quest of orthodox Muslims is to take over the world for Allah in an Islamic caliphate (empire). This includes violence as well as non-violent kinds of jihad. Qur'an 9:5 states "kill the kafirs wherever you find them. Take them as captives, besiege them, and lie in wait for them with every kind of ambush. If they submit to Islam, observe prayer, and pay the poor tax, then let them go their way. Allah is gracious and merciful."
Islam is mostly political, militant, legal and financial. It is a theocracy. Islam is demanding that the West observe Islamic legal code, Shariha Law, in attempts to progressively destroy our country in a civilizational jihad from within. A Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum captured by the F.B.I. in 2004 states this strategy and goal.
The Birmingham Islamic Society's constitution states "all acts of Birmingham Islamic Society shall conform to the Islamic Shariah (Islamic Law).
Update: Zvi Mazel, former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, tells some more about how Obama's policies in the middle east are failing.