Muslims all around the world, particularly in the West, fear discrimination and demonization each time some terrorist kills innocents in the name of Islam.
Controversies surrounding Islamic values and teachings of the Holy Quran endorsing violence surface repeatedly — and the recent events in Paris and California seem to have once again validated the religion as aggressive and intolerant.
However, have you ever thought of how big a part prejudice plays in all of this? Well, a recent experiment by YouTube channel Dit Is Normaal might help you with that.
Keeping the general misconceptions and preconceived notions about Islam in mind, a pair of Dutch pranksters exposed how people are quick to condemn the religion as dangerous in its latest episode, "The Holy Quran Experiment."
Filmmakers Sacha Harland and Alexander Spoor swapped the cover of Bible with the Holy Quran and highlighted some of the most “shocking verses that are in great contrast with our western norms and values” — such as Leviticus 20:13, which commands believers to put homosexuals to death.
“The Islamic belief has been under constant scrutiny,” English subtitles accompanying the video explain. “Muslims have been accused of following a faith that has no place in our Western culture. What about Christianity?”
The selected passage, which also included “If you reject my commands and abhor my laws you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters,” were then shown to unsuspecting strangers on the streets.
Needless to say, people didn’t have nice things to say about the verses read out loud to them.
“If you've been raised with this book and these kind of thoughts, it's going to influence the way you think,” one man said, while another woman commented, “To me, this sounds like they want to oppress you and force you to believe what they believe.”
Most believed that Bible was more peaceful and had “positive things,” while Quran taught aggression.
However, they were left flabbergasted when the YouTubers revealed that the verses were actually from the Bible and not Quran — which not only reveals that people do not know the difference between the two, but also that their views on Islam are a bit askew.
The video went viral on YouTube with more than a million views and can be viewed above.