Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Eight people were murdered by a madman who drove his truck down a New York City sidewalk last week. To be more precise, it was an Islamic terrorist who killed innocent people. After he stopped, he shouted Allahu Akbar. A note inside the vehicle linked him to the Islamic state. So why is it so difficult for so many to call this Islamic terrorism? Many claim that Islam is a religion of peace. But the text of the Quran shows otherwise. The Quran contains at least 109 verses that direct violence toward nonbelievers, Quran (2:191-193) – "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing. Not all Muslims are radicals, but the Quran justifies every Muslim to pursue violence to achieve their end of world domination.