Mohammad cartoon protests aren’t unique to Islam
The violence linked to cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad is not unique to Islam, experts say, and the protests reflect political and cultural passions more than the faith’s core values.
“There are parallel behaviors in every tradition,” he said. “Buddhism has a violent strain despite its pacifism … You think about Hinduism and nonviolence but (Mohandas) Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu.”
“You can’t say Islam has a gene for violence,” Gaffney said. “It has to do with the dynamics, political and economic, that are at play right now,” especially in Europe where there has been a long history of anti-Islamic prejudice that represents “an underlying kind of powder keg.”
There’s plenty of Christian violence too. Nut cases murdering abortion doctors. Lunatic presidents invading countries because they claim Jesus told them to. And, oh yeah, the blood-drenched Crusades.