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Islam never was a religion of peace. Mohammed himself had very questionable moral values and he was not a man of peace! He never taught "turn the other cheek" rather go conquer and force your enemy to convert to Islam. This fits very well into the mindset of the middle eastern croud that traditionally have lived by the sword. Go read about the life of Iban Saud (ruler of Saudi Arabia early 20th century).
These people are trying to do something postive, to get a message across that killing people is bad and not an intrinsic part of their religion.
What I find most disheartening is that it appears that if someone of the muslim faith farts loudly it will garner 15 pages of volatile ignorance/hate, and yet my previous thread got four responses, one of which was an attempt to pull it into the mire.
Thanks for pointing this out, sb! This is worth a thread in itself. Certainly the old testament had a lot of violence that the New Testament tried to reverse. The God of the Old Testament was a vengeful god and the New Testament God was more the loving God. I have my theories about this going back to the old Sumarian writing about the Annunaki. There is some proof that many of the Old Testament stories were just rewrites of the Sumarian and Akadian stories relating to the Annunaki.
This is from the Bible, instructing people to stone the women: