GREENSBORO - The term "Muslim extremists" has been used in the last week by many news organizations describing the groups of people protesting around the world. But what does the term really mean and how big is the group?
Former University of North Carolina-Greensboro professor, Bill Hamilton and currect professor Jeff Jones joined the discussion on News 2 at 5. They answered the following questions:
- Are these group protests really "Muslim Extremists?" Or are they just an unhappy, unruly portion of the Arab population using religion to recruit and act out?
- When a "Christian based" person attacks and kills, like Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, they don't get referred to as a "Christian extremist." Why not? Why do people lump all Muslims together and not other religiously motivated killers/protestors?
Hamilton has degrees in philosophy and religion. He taught a course at UNCG on religion and politics, "Dangerous Minds: Terrorism, Political Violence and Radical Orthodoxies.
Jones teaches a course at UNGC, "Islamic World: Perceptions and Realities."
WATCH: Bonus interview footage with Hamilton and Jones by selecting "Was A Video Responsible For The US Embassy Attack?" from the left column.