I'm sure I'll get plenty of lovely responses to this...
Islam, like it's prequel Christianity, is an abhorrent ideology. Both religions share equally malicious Gods. Islam is even more fun though because instead of having a possibly slightly schizophrenic hippie dude as its prophet it has a murderous warlord
Stephen Fry got attacked for tweeting: (regarding Muslims) "Oh, have a look around the world and see them slaughtering each other, let alone others. So charming to women too …"
The fact is though, what he said deserves to be defended. Name one Islamic country which practices good civil rights, maintains egalitarianism, and supports even half decent LGBT rights.
If you defend Islam you either realize you are defending a poisonous ideology and you are therefore amoral, or you are simply delusional.
Defense for Islam usually reminds me of the kind of short-sighted misinformation that racists use to defend their own absurd theories such as holocaust denial.
A common very defense for Islam I have heard usually goes along the lines of "Western countries have far higher rapes of rate than Islamic countries. Saudi Arabia has one of the lowest rates of rape in the world".
Now, if you say this, you are either unintelligent, or you are knowingly spouting rubbish at the expense of the masses of women who are beaten up, raped, and tortured every day in countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, and the KSA.
The reason why rape and domestic violence may appear higher in the West is of course because women aren't usually afraid to report the crimes. In most countries in the Middle-East a woman will usually only be ridiculed for reporting being raped or beaten, or in the case of being raped she may actually be punished, either by state law or family.
It is undeniable that Islam has done absolutely nothing to help women or homosexuals in the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa. It has just been used as a tool to suppress these demographics more then they ever have been and give them absolutely no voice, no education, and no freedom.
Please lets stop the acceptance of this poisonous ideology. It deserves no excuses.