Muslims move to Amsterdam mostly due to the fact that the job oppurtunities are better than at home, and they do not just live in Amsterdam, they live in many places in Europe, North America, and the West in general (including Australia).
They murdered a Dutch film maker
There are over a billion Muslims, and onlly one of them murdered the dutch film maker. It is sort of like the abortion clinic bombings, you cannot blame all of Christianity for them, can you?
screaming for swimming pools to be shut down because they can't stand seeing women in swimsuits
I personally think that people who want this to happen shouldn't complain as they chose to go to the country, so they should follow the culture. But, you are making two mistakes here: generalising, and secondly, as Andreas pointed out, all immigrant groups are like this - they make demands that are out of place. In Qatar, European expats frequently break the laws about underage drinking, and they eat during Ramadan in public despite it being not allowed. It happens with all minorities within a country.
want movies banned (except, maybe films saying that Islam is the only religion in existence!), they basically want EVERYTHING banned. I cannot think of a single thing in Amsterdam that a Muslim would approve of.
The movie they wanted to be banned is one that unfairly attacked Islam, and was one that gave people false ideas. They can petition for it to be banned but its up to the government to decide. I think they have a right to protest against something that attacks them unfairly, dont you think? The statement above is greatly exageratted.
Why would they want to live in a country that is liberal in thoughts and all areas of life?
Better oppurtunites, and for some, like the Saudi opposition groups in London, political freedom. But, again, you are generalising. Just because a few Muslims are like this does not mean they all are.
Why don't they live in a stricly Muslim country instead of living in what is probably the most open society in the world? Again, I'm just curious.
More freedom, more opputunites, basically the same as I said above.
I have heard of Protestant and Catholic violence but it seems to be Islamic extremism that always grabs the headlines.
During The Troubles, in Northern Ireland, the IRA and everything going on there grabbed the headlines. During the Cold War, there was a lot of coverage on the Soviet Union. Now, there are a few Muslim Extremist groups, who make up what, half a percent of Muslims, that are ruining our religion. Islamic extremism might be in the spotlight today, but things are not that simple. There are causes for the extremism, and there is more to it than that.
Then, may I ask you this: why do I only hear from Muslims arguing that there is a so-called "Christian Crusade" to destroy Islam?
Because Mormons or Buddhists aren't going to be interested if Islam is on the attack as much as Muslims are, dont you think? They are saying this because of Palestine/Israel, Iraq, Chechneya, Serbia, and many other places Muslims have suffered over the past decade. That does not mean that Christians really are trying to destroy Islam, it just shows us that these people feel like this for a reason.
Why do I only hear about "Muslim extremism"? I have never heard of "Buddhist extremism" or other religions relating to terrorist activities.
Then you have not looked hard enough. Any religion has its extremists, and its terrorists. Again, you have the Northern Ireland example. And, over the past two milleniums, I think Christianity showed us what a brutal religion it can be, and you have terror against Palestinians going on in Palestine by Jews. You hear about Muslim extremism only because that is what you choose to hear.
Who was the most likely suspect in the World Trade Center attacks?
A group that happens to be Muslim. Was the McVeigh bombing commited by Muslims? You cannot say that all terrorist attacks are being carried out by Muslims because it is simply not true.
Who is whining and complaining about open societies?
Actually, Muslims are complaing and "whining" for open societies in their own countries.
You do have a point about not generalizing but then, I have never heard a single word from any Muslims criticizing Osama Bin Laden.
LOL! Welcome to the 21st centrury then, Most Muslims hate the guy and all Muslims governments have condemned them, you obviously do not know much Muslims.
I have never heard of any other religion involved in cases where "religious donations" were used to fund extremist activities.
Again, your not looking hard enough.
why would they live there?
Trust me, Islam doesn't promote openness. Just read the Koran. I've looked at it and it clearly is against such attitudes.
Reading and Understanding the Quran are two different things, and it is the reason we have extremists. The Quran is often misinterpretated, and when things are taken out of context they look bad, which is probably what you've seen. Trust me, a Muslim, Islam promotes a lot of openness.
Sheesh, is every Islamic group affiliated with terrorists?
Lets see. What do the media want to report about, Islamic groups not related to terrorists, which wont really have much relevance for news, or those who do?
I live in a country where they are almost never questioned openly or criticized out in public. No wonder some people believe absolutely everything they say.
Islam is a complicated religion to understand, Swisskloten, because of the number of different interpretations of the Quran there are. But, most Islamic countries are open, with the exception of Saudi Arabia. Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt are example of countries where the populations are actually quite liberal, even if the governments are corrupt. Dont forget Islam is a huge religion made up of over one billion people, do not think these are all taught to think as extremists.
I will be glad to answer any other questions you have to clear the distorted view of Islam you seem to have.
"The greatest threat to knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."