Sure, just like Catholicism is a religion of peace, and like monarchism, liberalism, and communism are ideologies of peace. They each propose a desired order which, once universally implemented, will remove strife and bring tranquility to some area of interest. In a Muslim, or Catholic, or liberal society, there will still be personality clashes at home and at work, and there may still be disagreements on secondary or unrelated issues, but Islam/Catholicism/liberalism itself will be exempt from dissent. Each ideology regards its universal implementation as good, as something to be strived for. In no case does the outside world have a right to be left alone to its perversity and injustice, although some of ideologies do limit the means their adherents may use to impose them, and Islam is not historically distinguished as scrupulous or unscrupulous in this regard. Islam, Catholicism, monarchism, communism, and liberalism all endorse coercion and violence to uphold their values in at least some circumstances.
Few religions or ideologies are not peaceful in this sense. Fascism and social Darwinism recognize strife as an ineluctable and perhaps ultimately even positive part of human existence. Anarchism and Leftism refuse to think past their current rage to envision an order that would actually satisfy them. Such non-peaceful ideologies are rare, and therefore interesting.
A friend once asked me if I thought Islam is a religion of peace, and I answered that Muslims regard Sharia the way we Westerners regard “human rights”. Respecting human rights isn’t optional for any society; it’s basic justice. If we see some country violating human rights, we feel obliged to move in and start breaking things, even if that country wasn’t provoking us particularly, and we don’t feel that this makes us aggressive. The other country is the aggressor for violating human rights. That’s how they feel about Sharia.
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