According to a new CBS poll, nearly 70 percent of Democrats believe that Islam “encourages violence… about the same as other religions.” The poll was taken among 1,019 adult respondents between Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Republicans appear to have a more negative view of Islam. Among those respondents who identify with the GOP, 63 percent believe that Islam is as aggressive when compared to other religions, while only two percent see Islam as more peaceful than other creeds.
Among Republicans, 25 percent believe Islam’s approval of violence is at par with Christian teachings. This comes despite the words of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, in which he said at his Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
In Islam, by contrast, the Koran teaches:
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.
Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens.
Barack Obama and other Democrats have often said that Islam is not more violent in its practice than other religions. For example, he erroneously said in February 2016 that Islam means “peace,” when in reality it translates as “submission.” Three senior Democrats in the House of Representatives signed a letter on February 3 that said that “there are other three million Americans who practice Islam peacefully. The specter that there would be a Federal program that—in name and action—singles out people of a particular faith warrants immediate [critical] consideration by the Department of Justice.”
Democrats, progressives, and leftists often argue that some Christians practice violence, even while few have made the argument that Christian teachings promote violence.