It could not be said of all religions, nor can it be said that all components of Islam are problematic, nor can it be said that Islam is the only problematic religion... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4204820.stm Fairly good explanation by the second contributer in that piece although it is really inspecific and a lot of it sounds like rhetoric... but - My basic belief is that no Islamic nationalism means no problem. Why do I think this? 1) The only incompatible behaviours of a Muslim are those based around political and legal beliefs. Terrorism is born of the desire to control Islamic international affairs, mostly with regards to border disputes in Islamic countires or whereby a Muslim country is fighting a non-Muslim one. 2) The spiritual and personal components of Islam are very good. I do not know everything about them, but I do understand certain aspects of them and my general belief is that certain parts of all religion have positive contributions. Many Muslims that I have met have been humble and modest individuals, many have been very loyal and family oriented. In some ways Islamic values are better than Western counterparts - there is less pornography in Islamic countries, family bonds are strong. 3) When Christianity had a political hold over Europe there were atrocities committed in the name of that religion that probably outscored most of the atrocities that can be observed in the ME. The question what are the best way to seperate such things... the Islamic world seem quite comfortable with the idea that Hamas straps bombs to mentally disabled children, but not that Israel might shoot that child - that's not a positive attitude of reconciliation. As far as other religions are concerned, many religions are not based on ignorance or on ideas that cannot change - they are more philosophical than doctrinal. Generally Pagan religions avoid literal teachings and teachings are expressed in metaphor - so generally dont have hard and fast rules, or install anti-social or hateful beliefs in their followers.