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16/11/2015 06:46 GMT | Updated 16/11/2015 06:59 GMT

Paris Attacks: Reza Azlan Nails Why It's Wrong To Say Islam Spreads Terrorism In CNN Video

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.

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.

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.

Over the weekend a number of hashtags were trending on Twitter aiming to counter anti-Muslim sentiment.

Of course this is a horrendously simplistic view as eloquently highlighted in a tweet by LSE student Daniel Wickham.

The hashtag #TerrorismHasNoReligion began to trend on Saturday morning as people sought to counter the bigots.

GRAPHIC WARNING: Paris attacks

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

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