Intelligence Squared Debate: Is Islam a religion of peace?

Here is Ayaan Hirsi Ali debating whether or not Islam is a religion of peace. I spend an inordinate amount of time debating this with people, but unlike Ayaan, I haven’t had first hand experience in the violence and misogyny of Islam.
I’m sick of the argument politics is responsible for the violence of this religion. Why is everyone ignoring the elephant in the room? The actions of the religious may be political, but Islam is not a religion that makes a strong distinction between religion and government.

The rest of the videos (6 in total) are after the jump:

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    Wow. That was really great. I watched all seven videos. I am blown away by how many minds were changed. I am a huge fan of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and I’ve read both Nomad and Infidel, so hearing her debate was very interesting.

    Thanks for the post.

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    This was a really good debate. I’m very impressed Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray managed to persuade such a high percentage of people to switch to their side!

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    I disagree with Douglas Murray when he says that it is conventional wisdom that it is OK to stereotype Christianity or Judaism for individual isolated acts, but not OK to stereotype Muslims for isolated acts. At least in America, it is the practice seems to be the complete opposite.

    I also didn’t like how he compared a large diverse group (Muslims) to a small subgroup (Quakers). Because the Quakers don’t commit terrorism, that means only Muslims do. I guess this guy hasn’t heard of the IRA. That is surprising considering that he is British.

    Also, I never believe the before and after polls on intelligence squared. I have a really hard time believing that so many people come in with such an open mind that they will do a complete flip on where they stood before in such a short period of time. That just doesn’t jive with human nature. I think people lie about their first vote to make it appear as if their side has just so much overwhelming powerful arguments.

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    Is it me or does it look like Ayaan Hirsi Ali is wearing a shower robe? She is an incredible intellect and great speaker nonetheless. Great debate. Thanks for the links.

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