beeswax wrote:Maybe they could show the relevant text from the Quran that orders them to kill non Muslims? The big difference between Christianity is that not every child was brought up or indoctrinated by 'Christian' parents at least in the UK, where the opposite seems to be the case with Islam and why you virtually see every young Muslim girl covering her hair.
It's not solely what the text says, it is also how it is interpreted, which of course can be in several ways. It might
[I don't claim to be an expert] be reasonable to say that where it calls for 'killing non-muslims' that is within the context of a 'just war'. It isn't a kind of blanket license to go out and kill non-muslims. That's per the book. But then you have how the book is preached/taught/interpreted and understood, which can be a very different thing.
Add to the mix their prophecy of 'the return of the caliphate'. I.e. a kind of return to the glorious golden age of their religion. I imagine for some it's a short step between reading a prophecy and believing you ought to help bring about it happening. Bring in status/kudos in fighting for such a cause, promises of 72 virgins and so on, and away you go - etc etc.
Re: your latter point about hair covering.
I'm currently in the Middle East, and from the room I'm sat overlook a sports ground. It's a facility where school-children are bussed in for their sports classes. There are currently about 40 children playing a pretty informal game of football. About 25 of them are girls, of which about 22 are wearing head-scarves. The curious thing is none of them can possibly have reached puberty, they're not old enough, so they have no need to cover their hair. It's probably an example of theological gold-plating; 'Look how pious and upstanding our family is, even our 5 year old daughter who has no need to cover her hair has decided that she wants to'.