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After I read this story about Islamic separatists murdering people in Thailand this morning, I tried to find a chart on Muslim violence to find out how many people have been killed so far this year. I came across this site: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com . It's the most comprehensive page I've ever seen on Islam's violence in the world. It's got everything. I also saw this there:

Current: Should the Pope apologize for saying that Islam isn't a Religion of Peace, or should Muslims apologize for having let their religion become what it is? Let's look at the numbers:

Since we've been keeping track, at least six priests, 14 pastors and thousands of Christians have been murdered in the name of Islam in the last five years. This even includes 382 who were slain by Muslims in or on the grounds of a church in countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Turkey and Bangladesh.

By contrast, we can't find a single incident since 9/11 when a mosque leader or ordinary Muslim was murdered in the name of Catholicism.

So, please excuse us for not getting worked up over someone's hurt feelings. Islam will become a Religion of Peace when Muslims decide to make it so. Stop the killing. Stop the self-indulgent whining and excuse. Earn our respect by stepping up and taking responsibility.

Now, I know the first thing someone is going to say is "Well [Christianity/Judaism/Hinduism/Buddhism/Confucianism] is/are just as bad!" To this, I say simply: prove it or shut up. Here is what you have to balance against:

This list, of over 5,000 terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11/01 (a rate better than three per day), is incomplete because only a small percentage of attacks were picked up by international news sources, even those involving multiple loss of life. We included an attack if it was committed by Muslims in the name of Islam, and usually only if loss of life occurred (with a handful of exceptions where there were a very large number of injuries). In several cases, the victims are undercounted because deaths from trauma caused by the Islamists may occur in later days, despite the best efforts of medical personnel to keep the victims alive.

We usually don't include action that occurs in combat situations, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, unless it involves particularly heinous terrorist tactics. Unprovoked sniper, drive-by or roadside bombing attacks on military personnel serving normal police duties are sometimes included depending on the circumstances.

Unfortunately, this list of Muslim terrorist attacks barely scratches the surface of atrocities committed in the name of Islam that occur world-wide each day. For that reason, we don't tally up the dead and dismembered.

As an example, most news articles on the violence in southern Thailand note that about 900 people were killed in 2005. We estimate that 150 of these deaths are of the Islamic militants themselves, which means they have killed some 750 people. But TROP has only recorded the deaths of 214. We underreported more than two-thirds in a country with a decent news infrastructure. Imagine what we don't catch in the Sudan where the toll runs into the tens of thousands!

The ridiculous level of violence that Islam serves up to the world makes it impossible to compile a complete list.

Interestingly, people often respond to the list by disparaging other religions, as if pulling everyone down to the same level satisfies some sort of moral preconception about religion and culture in general. Since no other religion inspires the sort of terrorism that Islam produces, the critic invariably finds it necessary to change the rules of comparison for one side of the equation in order to contrive preferred results.

Typically, this will take the form of reaching far back into a religion's history to find the worst that can be found, even if it is in a time of war or is in utter contradiction to the teachings of the faith. In a fit of self-congratulation, the critic then holds their straw man up against our list of attacks - which are bound to a particular timeframe and constrained by the rules of non-warfare and overt religious motivation - failing to realize the extent to which they have mitigated their own argument.

We hope that the more open-minded will be educated by this [non-religious] site, better understanding the threat that the "Religion of Peace" poses across the globe, and being able to put complaints over "Islamophobia" into perspective.

Who knows - perhaps one day Muslims will have a change of heart and take the sort of action that one might expect of people who believe that it really is wrong to kill in the name of their religion. We'll know when this happens because it will be when Islam exchanges petty complaining for true contrition, and roots out the extremist elements to end the violence, as opposed to offering occasional lip service that is designed merely to appeal to Western sensibilities.