Nazism is popularly thought of as an ideology underpinned by atheism, but a closer look at Hitler’s speeches and writings show a somewhat ambiguous outlook on religion. Although few historians claim that Hitler was a Christian, there’s no unanimous consensus regarding his exact religious beliefs, or lack thereof.
In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a flurry of articles have explored whether images of the Prophet Muhammad are "banned" in Islam. While some Muslim voices are adamant that this is strictly the case in Islamic law, others (both Muslim and non-Muslim) have cautioned that it is not so.
Most of you have most likely heard the recent public declarations coming from all quarters that Islam is a peaceful religion. From President Bush, to most religious leaders, to the average American calling in to a talk radio program, we are hearing that Islam is a peaceful religion. It is said that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban represent an extremely radical Muslim fringe that is not really a representative interpretation of true Islam. It may be that such an assessment is, to a small degree, more extreme than historic Islam. However, it is certainly not true that Islam is in any way a peaceful religion, especially toward outsiders.