In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris, many were quick to jump on the blame bandwagon and accuse Islam of promoting violence and fear.
Why does NO ONE say the obvious thing on TV?! It's insane. Don't want terrorism in US? Stop importing Muslims!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 14, 2015
In response, a video from 2014 has resurfaced online of a beautifully eloquent and succinct clip of Professor Reza Aslan from the University of California appearing on CNN.
SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PPL IN THE BACK pic.twitter.com/Tq4IApJKaa— Relatable Quotes (@RelatableQuote) November 13, 2015
American comedian Bill Maher had argued that the "Muslim world has a lot in common with the ISIS" as many muslims "believe that people should die" for holding different opinions to them.
Aslan replied: "Islam doesn’t promote violence or peace. It is just a religion and like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it. If you are a violent person, your Islam, your Christianity, your Judaism is going to be violent."
He then goes on to point out that even Buddhism has a problem with extremists as evidenced by the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar.
Hating all Muslims for what happened in Paris is like hating all Christians because of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 14, 2015
Over the weekend a number of hashtags were trending on Twitter aiming to counter anti-Muslim sentiment.
Muslims terrorize the world even more today, senseless murders in Paris. Islam is disgusting.— dom (@IIllIllllI) November 13, 2015
Of course this is a horrendously simplistic view as eloquently highlighted in a tweet by LSE student Daniel Wickham.
Most of those killed by ISIS and most of those fighting ISIS are Muslims. Remember that when you collectively blame Muslims for ISIS' terror— Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) November 14, 2015
The hashtag #TerrorismHasNoReligion began to trend on Saturday morning as people sought to counter the bigots.
The target was normal people of all cultures living together in harmony in the West. #TerrorismHasNoReligion— Ro Ssh (@Friednoodlepie) November 14, 2015
An aside to tonight's horror and a preemptive reminder for tomorrow's reaction to it: #TerrorismHasNoReligion. Terror is just terror.— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) November 14, 2015
my muslim friend texted me that people are spitting at her and her dad in public, this is absolutely disgusting. #TerrorismHasNoReligion— ʙᴇᴛᴛʏ (@nyumeria) November 14, 2015
#TerrorismHasNoReligion this is so important. There is no religion which suggests these atrocities are okay - they use religion as a mask.— Doug (@BoyWithTheToast) November 14, 2015
It's hard to believe than in 2015 we still have to remember that #terrorismhasnoreligion— Alicia Aguirre (@aaliciaguirre) November 14, 2015
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- 129 dead, 352 injured, 99 critically
- Restaurants, football stadium, rock concert attacked
- Attacker named as 29-year-old Omar Ismail Mostefai
- French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
- Seven extremists in three teams carried out attacks