I just read an option piece by John McWhorter on cnn.com. He is one of the few people outside of the Islamic world calling the Islam religion a peaceful religion with only a few people within the Islamic community being cruel and vengeful.
Perhaps he should look back on Salman Rushdie who wrote the book Satanic Verses and got a fatwā put on his head by the Supreme leader of the country of Iran calling for his assassination. Or perhaps the most recent attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo where 12 people were killed for a magazine picture.
Look at more moderate and progressive Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai and they have the same laws and attitude against free speech and personal freedoms that the more backwards thinking countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
They stone, maim, stab and abuse people for the slightest gesture they think is an insult to them or their beliefs of superiority.
To say that Islam is a religion of peace is quickly disproved by a quick search on the internet to see what atrocities mainstream Islamic countries and people have allowed in the name of their religion.