ON AN ADVERTISEMENT for the DVD, Islam: What the West Needs to Know, I saw a list of what the DVD teaches, and I thought, "Now that's a great list!"
When you're trying to educate your fellow non-Muslims about Islam, what do they need to know? How about these:
* How warfare — even terrorism — in the name of Islam stems directly from the teachings and example of the Prophet Muhammad and the commands of the Koran
* The truth about Muhammad: a warlord with the blood of thousands on his hands — and how Muslims are expected to follow his example, as Christians are to follow Christ
* How the Koran — considered by Muslims to be dictated word for word by Allah — explicitly commands violence against non-Muslims who resist conversion or surrender
* "Jihad": an "inner struggle" over temptation, as some Muslim apologists claim? Not so: how the Koran makes it clear it denotes warfare against non-Muslims in order to bring about the universal rule of Islamic law
* How violent death in jihad is, according to the Koran, the only assurance of salvation
* How, following Muhammad's death, his 'rightly-guided' successors carried his wars to three continents — fighting, enslaving, and massacring countless Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, and others
* How Islam, unlike Christianity, flourished and spread primarily through conquest, not peaceful evangelism
* How the Crusades, mischaracterized as a violent assault on peaceful Muslims, were largely a belated response against centuries of Muslim conquest of Christian lands
* The Islamic principle of 'religious deception' — which enjoins Muslims to deceive non-Muslims to advance the cause of Islam — and how Muslim groups use it today
* How, throughout its history, Islam has never recognized a distinction between religious and civil authority
* How Islamic "sharia" law governs every aspect of religious, political, and personal life — amounting to a form of totalitarianism analogous to Communism
In your conversations, aim for these points. These are really some of the key pieces of information that needs to be understood by all non-Muslims. And of course, one good way to share these points with someone is to loan them your copy of Islam: What the West Needs to Know.
And if you are not conversant with all of those points, you should watch the video a few more times or read The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam or listen to the audio version about ten times. Then aim for making as many of those points in your conversations as you can.