Thanks for the thoughtful response.
I know that not all Muslims are terrorists. However, I also know that is a tenet of Islam that the entire world must submit to Allah. This is a basic principal of the religion, no matter what form it takes.
Now, not all Muslims follow the extreme teachings of the Islamists, and instead prefer a "softer" approach, a missionary approach, like those in the Ahmadiyya movement.
But whether they are in league with the terror masters or not, they all share the same belief, as it relates rather directly to ME; that is, in their way of thinking, I have only three choices. Convert to Islam, accept dhimmitude and become a second-class citizen, or be killed.
I have a real problem with all of those options.
However, I am willing to live in peace with those human beings who do not threaten me. Aside from saying that, I am diametrically opposed to their belief system, and the rather insignificant fact that there may be a "silent majority" who secretly don't agree with Islamist terrorism means nothing when stacked up against the very real truth that all over the entire world, anywhere there are Muslims and non-Muslims, there is Muslim-sponsored butchery.
The "Religion of Peace" Muslims are virtually invisible. The Bad Guys speak for Islam with words of world conquest. Until this situation reverses itself, I will mistrust the adherents of Islam, and consider them to be blood enemies, as evidenced by their own bloody hands.
I'll try not to be so long winded this time...
I appreciate your respectful and insightful counterpoint. I was actually expecting to be berated and flamed, if not by you then by someone else. I'm glad to see that isn't the case. Yet another reason I love this site.
As far as your stance goes, I totally understand and in some ways agree. The main reason I chose to respond is that I tend to get upset when I see or hear such blanket statements made. In the area that I live, statements like that can get people killed, and I imagine that may be the case in many areas.
In any event, I'm generally pleased with the manner in which people respond to one another on this site, and your counterpoint only supported that view. I'll probably make a point of looking for threads you frequent, if only to enjoy more of your thoughtful commentary.