Bill O’Reilly brought up a Pew study [PDF] finding that a disturbingly high percentage of Muslims in some countries support honor killings, believe suicide bombings to be justified, and say that women should be subservient to their husbands. O’Reilly brought on Harris Zafar, the national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, to address the big statistic that 28 percent of Muslims all over the world believe that violence is justified.
Zafar acknowledged that’s a big concern with the American Muslim community, who identify more with Americans than with foreign Muslims. O’Reilly agreed that American Muslims are not a big concern, but what he said is problematic is Muslims overseas coming to the United States killing people “in the name of Allah.”
O’Reilly said that if 28 percent of the followers of any other religion believed violence was justified, it would be a huge scandal. Zafar insisted those beliefs are not about the Islamic faith itself, but about the specific situations in certain Muslim nations with low literacy rates and bad economies.
O’Reilly insisted there is a “hell of a lot of people” of Muslim faith “buy into jihad,” but Zafar said the American Muslim community has been fighting for more moderation and reformation in the faith. O’Reilly suggested that there should be a “worldwide conference” on Islam to lay down some ground rules.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:
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