I just want to clarify some points about Islam that some of the media has been trying to taint with many false facts.
Here are some facts that you may wonder about:
1- Islam encourages and orders Muslims to read and learn and discover everything around them in the universe. The first word that was sent to the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, was "Read!". There are also many verses in the Qur'an that order Muslims to search around them and try to discover what's in human bodies, Nature and the whole universe. Learning science is part of Islam. And God will judge Muslims who don't learn if they can.
2- Islam does NOT force non-Muslims to convert to Islam. Islam also orders Muslims NOT to do so. Muslims mustn't force non-Muslims to convert to Islam. "Let there be no compulsion in religion" [The Holy Qur'an 002:256]. The Qur'an also motivates Muslims to be kind with non-Muslims.
3- The Islamic Law, i.e. the law of Muslim countries whose official religion is Islam, and that rule by the rules stated by Islam, guarantees the right of every single human to live a free, just, and peaceful life under the protection of the Muslim country. If the country is a Muslim one, that does not mean that any non-Muslim person will be discriminated agiants. You know Muslims have ruled the Arab region for decades. The Arab countries, nowadays, contain multiple ethnic and religious groups. Had Muslims killed or discriminated against non-Muslims before, non-Muslims would have either immigrate or disappeared. Nevertheless, until this moment, there are many Christians, Jews, atheists, and other religious groups in large numbers in the Arab countries. Those religious groups have been there for centuries. They lived before, during, and after the Islamic period. I'm saying "after" because this Muslim country that existed before doesn't exist anymore, even though most of the leaders and people are Muslims.
4- Islam orders Muslims to believe in all the Prophets, including Jesus Christ and Moses, and to believe in the Holy Books, including the Torah and the Holy Bible, even though Islam tells people that those Books have been distorted. Islam orders Muslims to believe in the original Holy Books. Islam names those who believe in the Holy Books the people of the Book. Muslims are told not to hurt people who do not hurt them.
There are stories about the Prophet Muhammad that say that when Muslims used to go to fight their enemies, although their enemies weren't Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad used to order Muslim fighters not to kill any woman, child, old man, or those who were worshipping (even though they weren't Muslims), and Muhammad ordered them not to cut any tree, or kill sheep, and other orders. Civilians were taken into consideration during battles.
Sadly, many Muslims nowadays do not follow their religion exactly as they should, but this doesn't mean that they are evil and terrorists. You may wonder why they don't follow their religion. Actually, most of them were maltreated by those in authority. This ignorance that spread in the Arab world is not by accident! Poverty and oppression were the main reasons why those people became ignorant. I don't want to get in the history and remind people of the civilisation of Muslims in the past. Even though ignorance and poverty prevented people from learning, teaching and leading the real civilisation, a new glimpse of hope appears to be not so far.
Unfortunately, there are so many other false facts spread around, and many people accept them since they see them in the media unknowing that many statements in the media are false! You may not believe that, but I really experience it. Nowadays, if you notice, there are, very obviously, contrary statements in the news in many parts of the world.
Anyways, truth will prevail. I hope we all try to discover everything by ourselves. For me, I don't buy many things in the media whether in the east or in the west. Those media were created for political purposes, not for merely telling "the news". And, as you know, NOT all the politicans are truthful. :D