A question that I have been asked with increasing frequency by non-Muslims because of my stance against terror, extremism and irrational thinking: "Are you still Muslim?" or "Are you thinking of leaving Islam?" or "Perhaps you didn't understand the religion you embraced"
To me, this is only a sign of how bad things have gotten: A ("real") Muslim - in their minds HAS TO BE a person that is pro-terror, narrow, extreme, irrational and has a blood fetish.
It is very sad that some of these people seem to be trying very hard to make the case for the anti-Muslim bigots that we are what they say we are.
Here are only a few events from the life of Muhammad -- the moral gold standard for every Muslim for all times:
(1) He banned interest on money.
(2) He objected to the use of pictures that depicted humans or animals and refused to enter the premises where such works were present.
(3) He married a six-years-old girl and had sex with her when she turned nine.
(4) He approved the killing of all the post-pubescent males of a Jewish tribe called Banu Quraiza.
(5) He then took all the young males and women of that tribe as slaves and distributed them among his companions.
(6) He married multiple times and kept sex-slaves.
(7) He loathed dogs and ordered that they be killed.
Here's how a modern Westerner would likely describe the above.
Is it bigoted to think that a follower of this man is likely "pro-terror, narrow, extreme, irrational and has a blood fetish"?
Note: Of course, not every Muslim completely follows the example of Muhammad. He or she would be an utter moral degenerate if they did. Though, Westerners do have a cause for concern when Muslims passionately parrot the "perfection" of Muhammad.
The numbered items above regarding Islamic canon also lead to a burning question. Why are you still a Muslim?
Islam is not what you individually think it is. It's defined by Muhammad, fourteen hundred years of history and the majority views of Muslims today. Face it, most Muslims do pine for a grand theocracy and a free people would prefer to not live under the nirvana that is sharia -- where Irrationality, Immorality and Intolerance vie for hegemony.