Rufus Giroux Posted almost 4 years ago TIME TO END THE ISLAMOPHBIA.What happened in Norway is so sorrowful. Why did it happen? what is the solution of this problem? You are taking it far too personally. This was the act of one person only. The incentive was not as much an animosity towards islam as it was a reaction to his world changing in a way he was not comfortable with. Similar acts have been directed at other religions, races, nationalities, throughout history. Islam can be a peaceful religion, when practiced by peaceful people. It certainly has a history showing that, and that muslims are capable of the same accomplishments in arts, sciences, etc. as anyone else of whatever religion. The hate and fear are directed at those who are not peaceful, who commit acts that appear regularly in our daily information input. My understanding of the situation in the muslim world increased dramatically when heard that the Q'ran could not be translated, and must be read in the original language. Since illiteracy is rampant in much of that part of the world, in ANY language, that means the general population cannot see for themselves what is actually written. That opens the door to creative interpretations by those with ulterior motives. And, if that isn't bad enough, their religious leaders, their imams, cannot themselves read the actual text! They can be deceived just as easily. Christianity is rife with different interpretations of the bible and its contents have been translated, at least in part, into 2500 languages. It's a little harder to grossly manipulate the contents (although some try) when it is so easy to see for yourself what is written. Ignorance about Islam certainly needs to be overcome, but there is as much to be done in that world as there is in the western world. It won't happen overnight.