Many friends believe religion is the root of much evil; one author thinks we should stop giving religion a free pass: http://t.co/3pzs4543dD
— Phil Jimenez (@Philjimeneznyc) January 8, 2015
While the Salon article he linked to has at least one potentially biased part, the author does acknowledge the key themes in the Koran which the jihadists in Paris went by:
[...] The attackers left no doubt about what drove them, and they can cite scriptural sanction for their savagery: the Quran (33:61) warns that those who insult Islam – and, as riots in the Middle East over Danish cartoons in 2006 showed, satire, in the eyes of too many Muslims, equals insult — “shall be seized and slain (without mercy).” Salman Rushdie, despite a fatwa ordaining his murder (for his 1988 novel “Satanic Verses”), has so far escaped this fate; the Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh (for his film “Submission,” documenting violence against women in the Muslim world) was not so lucky.So Jiminez, while he may be a leftist, seems willing to take note of what drives the Islamofascists, unlike Dan Slott, Ron Marz, Gail Simone and other narrow nuts in the comics industry. Guess we'll have to give him credit for that.
There are many other well-known examples. The point is, Islam is implicated in all. The “holy” texts of Islam, regardless of interpretation, offer literal justification to those who wish to commit violence in the name of the faith; and religious extremism, by far mostly Islamist, has been, since 2001, the main cause of terrorism across the world.
Unlike another specific person whose screenshot of a retweet I'll post here, that being Alan Kistler, a comics historian and onetime CBR contributor, who upholds BBC propaganda, and taqqiya (deception):
on his Twitter intro, you sure aren't doing a favor for gays and lesbians who've been persecuted under sharia. Point: the policeman may have been a moderate Muslim. But the religion itself? It's been said before, even by Recep Erdogan, that there's no moderate Islam. So if I were you, Mr. Kistler, I'd think twice before pushing the phony narrative Islam isn't a problem, when Salon, of all places, was willing to acknowledge there's evidence to indicate it is. And I'd advise not to act as though there's no such thing as a bad religion.