THIS IS ANOTHER installment in our series, Answers to Objections. This objection seems sensible if you haven't had time to think about it, but it is meaningless — unless, of course, you've just made the blunder of overgeneralizing (saying something like, "All Muslims treat their women badly") — in which case, you should immediately correct yourself by talking about Islamic doctrine rather than talking about "Muslims."
But assuming you are making no such blunders, here is a possible answer to this objection:
"I have talked to Muslims. And I've met some very nice Muslims. They are either ignoring some of the basic, mainstream Islamic teachings (read more about that) or they are using taqiyya (read more about taqiyya here), which is the Islamic principle of "religious deception" or deception for the sake of Islam.
"But hopefully, they were simply genuinely nice people who are ignoring some of their religious principles. You see, if a Muslim is truly a friend to me (a non-Muslim), he or she is violating an important doctrine of Islam: A Muslim is forbidden to befriend a non-Muslim. I'm not making this up. It's in the Quran and it's stated very clearly. (See Quran quotes about this.)
"But either way, it doesn't change the fact that the doctrine of Islam is hazardous to non-Muslims and we should learn about it. Sixty-one percent of the Quran is about how Muslims are supposed to deal with non-Muslims. Millions of Muslims around the world are devout believers in that doctrine.
"What I'm advocating is simple public knowledge about these facts. It's amazing how little most people know about Islam, especially given how much these teachings impact current events. Anyway, please stop believing what other people tell you, including me, and just read the Quran yourself."
Read more about this approach: Push Them to Read the Quran.
For more information and possible approaches to this issue, read "My Friend is a Muslim and He's Really Nice."
I hope you can top that. Please leave your answer in the comments on this article or email it to me and I'll post it for you (anonymously if you wish): firstname.lastname@example.org.