“We were witnessing nothing less than a war of Islamic fundamentalism against both secularism and modernism” , Lewis states that Islam is an oppressed religion and the lack of secularism caused many of the wars and conflicts with the West. This however is misleading because as he generalizes the whole religion, each religion has its own pleasing as well as its atrocious adherents. As he continues to generalize the Islamic religion as a whole and state that it is indeed oppressed, he seems to lack the information about how each individual may respond differently to other cultural traditions despite any religious aspects. Islam may be viewed to be an oppressed religion, but in fact, it supports freedom and one’s voice to be spoken and heard. For example, as Islam advises women to cover up with a hijab, it certainly does not mean that women have no rights and that they should be placed at home.
O'Reilly used clearly Red Herring fallacy when he does not stay in his point, he just deviates from the main topic and he digresses talking about other information, like Obama and the survey about it. The speaker's words convey in a negative connotation to the general audience saying things like, "Abdul-Jabbar is missing the fact that much of the Muslim world does not understand the Islamic religion. Pakistan for instance, it allows the Taliban, who are major human right violations, sanctuary. Is that permissible under Islam? Apparently, the government of Pakistan believes it in" (O'Reilly).
Religion is looked down upon in societies today because it is considered troublesome and opposing to the way people view the world today. Muslims get the media’s attention because they strictly follow the religion; however, it’s not what many focus on, that’s just scratching the surface. Over the years we saw the events of 9/11 and the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, which led up to the war of Afghanistan, even worse, the war of Iraq and Sadam Hussein’s rebellion; which led to the rebellion of many Muslims going into many separate groups, radical and some that are indeed real Jihadists in the sense that they are fighting in the sake of Allah. The west in general dominated in media and news coverage. That dominance has been taken over to manipulate and put unethical and negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.
It could also mean the fight against someone’s negative emotions as referred to in the Oxford Islamic Studies or it could mean the struggle against nonbelievers. For example,converting non believers for the improvement of Islamic society is something that embodies the word Jihad. In some books containing Islamic law and the Quran it could mean the armed struggle against the disbelievers. It also means submission to peace and total submission to god as referred to in the Oxford Islamic Studies. Today the word is used without religious relation and directly means the crusade to promote Islamic religion.
Islam: suppressor of women, enemy of Western nations, and breeder of terrorists. The West has many stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam that are due to the media, prejudice, and ignorance. Islam is often seen as an "extremist" or "terrorist" religion. Often, the media's reports about Islam are incorrect due to ignorance or not wanting to acknowledge its true teachings. This is one of the reasons why Westerners are often wary of Muslims.
Faced with these apparent contradictions, many analysts in the West have decided that fundamentalism defies all generalization. Instead they have tried to center discussion on its supposed “diversity.” For this purpose, they seek to establish systems of classification by which to sort out fundamentalist movements and leaders. The basic classification appears in much different terminological appearance, in gradations of subtlety. “We need to be careful of that emotive label, `fundamentalism’, and distinguish, as Muslims do, between revivalists, who choose to take the practice of their religion most devoutly, and fanatics or extremists, who use this devotion for political ends.”  Fundamentalist Islam remains an enigma precisely because it has baffled all attempts to divide it into tidy categories. “Revivalist” becomes “extremist” (and vice versa) with such rapidity and frequency, that the actual classification of any movement or leader has little prognostic power.
These do not include the first and second on the list. i. Worldview: Religious Rationale The question that keeps being asked in the media is, "Why do they hate us so much?" It is important at the outset to separate out moderate to liberal Islam from radical Islamic fundamentalists, who do not represent most Muslims. Radical Islamic fundamentalists hate our culture. They have a worldview that is incompatible with the way that Americans-and other westerners-live their lives.
Although, when it comes to Islam and Muslims, the Western media always attacks them without any true justifications. Unfortunately, the term ‘freedom of speech’ became much more important that morality, ethics, and truth. I believe that the Western philosophers who were arguing for the freedom of speech would never accept the behavior of the Danish cartoonists because it was an immoral act that was based on lies and violations. On the other hand, I would never say that anyone has the right to criticize Islam, but only in a respectful and a well mannered way as said by Prophet Muhammad who respected freedom of speech. I believe in the dependency theory that states that morality depends upon God for its existence, that’s why it is immoral, as God would never consider these behaviors moral.
Fourth, Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used to acquire political or military advantage. Sixth, criticism of the West by Muslims is rejected out of hand. The hostility towards Muslims may be caused by indirect or direct discrimination that the media portrays to the masses. The media encourages the people by feeding them lies or “half-truths” against the Islam community. Often than that, the hostility towards Muslims becomes mainstream and common and is used to justify the discrimination that is ongoing.
They claim that the United States has forced them into a situation they want no part of, and hence, their actions were a statement of rebellion. Other countries and other cultures feel that globalization is the answer; hence, they side with the United States and disagree with the Extreme Islamic concepts. In my opinion, I feel that neither side is ultimately right or wrong. Instead, I feel that some sort of compromise must be made through education and understanding. While I do feel that the Islamic world will eventually have to globalize in order to compete with the Western world, perhaps the changes must be made with a greater understanding of their culture so that they would be more willing to accept it.