I know all religions have/are/can be barbaric, but something came to my attention, and it made me think about Islams image at large, I’ll explain.
I was watching about the Chinese crackdown on the Uighurs on YouTube, and the comments were of the usual diatribe against Islam and Islamism, but this make me think of a wider consequence, Uighur nationalism has now been framed as Islamic Jihadi terrorism which needs to be eliminated, and allowed the majority of the commentators an excuse to gave carte blanche to whatever means were necessary to oppress peoples of Muslim faith from attaining their rights, even if it wasn’t about religion at all. The same narrative applies with the Rohingyas or the Chechen’s or the Refugee crisis in Europe, pretty much anything to do with the Islamic world.
I’m old enough to remember how Islams image was different 20-25 years ago, when it was just for lack of better words, a ‘normal’ religion.
Because of this perception, has Islams image to outsiders been completely distorted beyond repair? How do you turn back the clock on this perception or, better yet, improve upon it?