Although Muslims and even some Christians call Islam a religion of peace, a new study by a Danish expert concluded that Islam, in fact, is a violent faith.
Danish linguist Tina Magaard led a team of researchers who for three years studied the texts of the holy books of the world's 10 biggest religions, the Jihad Watch report said.
"The conclusion was clear: 'The texts of Islam [are] clearly distinct from the other religions' texts as [they include] a higher degree call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths.'
"There are also direct incitement[s] to terror ... Moreover, in the Quran [there are] hundreds of invitations to fight against people of other faiths," the report said.
Magaard, who holds a Ph.D. in text analysis and intercultural communication from the Sorbonne in Paris, said "it is indisputable that the texts [of Islam] encourage violence and terror."
For instance, the study noted a verse in Quran 47:4, which states, "So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike their necks until you have inflicted slaughter upon them."
"The fact that Islam is the world's most violent religion is most likely the reason why Muslims since September 11, 2011, [have] committed more than 27,000 deadly terrorist attacks in the name of Islam. This corresponds to approximately 2,000 a year or five a day," Jihad Watch pointed out.
Jihad Watch also noted that 80 percent of young Turks in the Netherlands "see 'nothing wrong' in waging jihad against non-Muslims."
What is even more worrisome, according to the report, is that "the number of Muslims in the Western world is increasing dramatically and that they are becoming still more religious."
It said "75 percent of Muslims inside Europe think that the texts of the world's most violent religion must be taken literal."
The Danish research also cited another study on 45,000 teenagers which concluded that "boys growing up in religious Muslim families are more likely to be violent."
The author of that study, Christian Pfeiffer, from a criminal research institute in Lower Saxony, Germany, said even when other social factors are taken into account, there remained a significant correlation between "religiosity and readiness to use violence."
As to be expected, the Jihad Watch report immediately drew a negative backlash from supporters of Islam.
Imam Abdul Wahid Peteresen, of Copenhagen, said the research inappropriately took quotes out of context. He asked: If Islam truly advocates violence against non-Muslims, why has Islam not "eradicated all other faiths in the communities where Muslims are in the majority?"