As far as I can tell, Islam is experiencing its own version of adolescence. We Christians had one too, some of you may have heard of it; the Crusades. Granted I'm no master of theology, but that’s just the way I see it, especially after finally getting around to watching the parts of the documentary 'Islam vs. Islamist,' which, though funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was blocked from airing on PBS's 'America at a Crossroads' series, allegedly because of political bias at PBS.
I say "allegedly" because I have no way of knowing for certain, but if I had to bet, based on its history, it certainly sounds pretty reasonable to me. Yeah, I know I'm sort of behind the curve in this case, as Fox has been airing this for a while now, I just haven't been watching TV when they ran it, so I went and downloaded it instead.
Some of that stuff is really scary, and, as I mentioned before, it further reinforced my belief that Islam is in its teenage years and embroiled in an internal battle that will determine its survival. Just like when we are teens, we have an extremist and a reasonable side, an analogy being maybe deciding whether to go out and get completely wasted with your friends, or stay home and study.
Yes, you'll have plenty of other people telling you what you should do, but in the end, it all comes down to your OWN choice. Islam is faced with that situation today. Its inner struggle is between the radical Jihadist sect of Islam and the moderates, who advocate separation of church and state, democracy, etc., and no matter how much Westerners or others try to dictate to them what's right and wrong, it can only be Islam and its followers who arrive to that decision.
That's why I feel it's so important for documentaries like this to be seen, as it's very hard to hear the voice of moderate Muslims over those of the extremists.Luckily, PBS in Oregon will be airing 'Islam vs Islasmist' in August, and hopefully other public television stations will follow suit.
Also, if you are interested in hearing what REAL moderate Muslims are talking about, check out the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.