Agnostic Mike Dobbins on “Why Islam is More Dangerous Than Other Religions.”


Agnostic writer Mike Dobbins pens an informative piece on why, from his vantage point, Islam is more dangerous than other world religions (1).

He especially notes recent acts of terror “in the wake of the Muhammad cartoon contest attack, the Charlie Hebdo massacre, tens of thousands of Muslims worldwide flocking to join ISIS, and the chronic oppression of women and minorities in Islamic nations.” He sees that people are now “taking a second look at Islam” especially since “Journalists, politicians, Muslims, and the public are realizing that something is fundamentally different about the religion. With every Islamic inspired beheading, bombing, burning, crucifixion, hanging, kidnapping, raping, shooting, stabbing, beating, lashing, amputation, and stoning, the difference becomes clearer.”

Dobbins notes that “While nearly all religions can teach violence and oppression, each religious text and founder is distinct. What they emphasize means the difference between extreme non-violence, as is the case with fundamentalists in Jainism, or extreme violence, as is the case with fundamentalists in Islam.”

He subsequently identifies three aspects that make Islam “different and more dangerous than other religions,” these are “Sharia, Jihad, and Muhammad.”

Firstly, Dobbins argues that Islamic law, called Sharia, “is the only religious law that is incompatible with democracy and human rights.” Wherever this system seeps into society “oppression of women, religious minorities, gays, atheists, and ex-Muslims follows.” And on these people groups “Cruel and unusual punishments are employed and fear is used to control the population… in Sharia, if you’re a Muslim who commits apostasy and renounces Islam you will be killed. Women have unequal rights in divorce, inheritance, freedom of movement, freedom of dress, and freedom of employment. Sharia supports killing or punishing gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people. Sharia enforces blasphemy laws by stating those who criticize Islam, including the Quran or Muhammad, should be killed or severely punished.”

And wherever sharia law follows “It’s no coincidence that these countries have some of the most atrocious human rights records in the world.” Dobbins also notes that “While some Islamic nations only embrace the civil law aspects of Sharia, for many Sharia is fully implemented and encompasses the personal, cultural, social, political, economic, and legal aspects of life.”

Secondly, Dobbins identifies Jihad, and notes that “Islam is the only major religion to have violent resistance, or violent Jihad, embedded into its sacred scriptures and endorsed by the founder,” and “While Jihad can mean to struggle to improve oneself, Jihad meaning ‘violent struggle’ is prevalent in the Quran, Hadith, Islamic history, and modern day Islam. One need only turn on the evening news to see Jihad in action.”

But Dobbins notes that it is only “a minority of Muslims turning to violent jihad,” yet they remain prevalent “No matter where you go in the world.” But here lies the sharp distinction between Islam and other world religions as you “will never find any Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, or humanist followers committing violent Jihad. Violent Jihad is unique to Islam.” Dobbins goes on to note several texts from the Islamic scriptures that condone jihad (surah 9:029, Sahih Bukhari 4:52:50 & 4:53:386). These texts encourage Muslims to take up war against unbelievers in the name of Allah and his messenger. However, Dobbins notes the denial on the part of Islamic apologists when it comes to violence commanded in the Islamic texts:

“Astonishingly, even with Islamic terrorists referring to these passages as their inspiration for Jihad and the Quran and Muhammad’s endorsement of Jihad, Islamic apologists still deny that Islam has anything to do with terrorism or that Islam is different than other religions.”

Again Dobbins notes that the “majority of Muslims do not support Jihad,” although “a sizeable minority does… The goal of Jihad is simple: to spread Islam until it conquers and rules the world and all non-Muslims submit to Islamic rule. Non-Muslims and Muslims deemed apostates would be killed, asked to convert, or forced to pay the Jizyah. They will then implement a version of oppressive Sharia law on the conquered lands.” However, the prospects for a world free of jihad looks bleak:

“Jihad will not stop next year, next decade, or next century unless there is a worldwide concerted effort to wipe the legitimacy of Jihad from Islamic doctrines.”

The third and final part that separates Islam from other religions, in terms of violence, is its very founder himself, Muhammad. Dobbins notes that “The prophet Muhammad is the only founder of a major religion to also be a warrior and military leader.”

“Like other military leaders of his day, Muhammad committed many ruthless acts. Islamic biographers reveal that he warred with neighboring tribes, ordered assassinations, killed prisoners of war, exploited women and children, gave his blessing to violent religious Jihad, and made people slaves. Many Muslims are only taught Muhammad’s merciful deeds and still remain shockingly ignorant or in denial of his complete life history.”

However, given these facts about Muhammad’s life for the “Muslims who do know and accept his life story, it can be a strong motivation to cause violence. Islam teaches Muslims that Muhammad is the ultimate role model for and they are encouraged to follow in his footsteps. As the supposed last prophet chosen by God his behavior and character are revered as holy and he is an example to be emulated.”

It is Muhammad’s violence, argues Dobbins, that is used as “inspiration for violence committed in Islam’s name.” It would have been drastically different if Muhammad had preached non-violence, and for Muslims to love non-Muslims because we’d then “have tens of thousands of Muslims around the world acting like Jesus. Because Muhammad was the antithesis of Jesus, we have tens of thousands of Muslims acting like warriors. This makes Islam, and Muhammad, much more dangerous than other religions.”

These sum up Dobbins case, but he ends off with making an appeal namely that “to live in peace, Muslims and non-Muslims must denounce the violent and hateful parts of Muhammad’s life. They must admit that Muhammad was flawed and that his violent actions and sayings were not holy and contradict the Islamic precepts of mercy and forgiveness.”

It is also needed that “all Muslims, Imams, Islamic Scholars and Universities, Islamic political leaders, Islamic culture, Western political leaders, and Western culture must renounce Sharia, Jihad, and the violent aspects of Muhammad’s life.”


1. Dobbins, M. 2015. Why Islam Is More Dangerous Than Other Religions: Shariah, Jihad, and Muhammad. Available.





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