But a few weeks ago, ABC Lateline made some progress by honestly discussing the barbarity of the prophet Mohammed.
As Sam Harris says about Mohammed: "He was a warlord who did many of the things that you see members of ISIS doing".
The Koran contains 90 verses which implore Muslims to imitate the prophet Mohammed: "a beautiful pattern of conduct".
Devout Muslims, in an ardent search for the right way to follow their religion, inevitably turn to the biography of Mohammed, which reads like a war documentary.
Indeed, in early Islam, the biography of Mohammed was known as Maghazi (literally, stories of military expeditions).
And Mohammed nicknamed his swords "Pluck Out" and "Death", and himself had a nickname from early Muslim historian Tabari of "The Obliterator".
Religion is the imitation of archetypes, and Mohammed was nothing like Jesus or the Buddha. He was a role model in terrorism.
The kindest thing you can say about Islam is that it is open to interpretation, but the terrorists have a very convincing case that they are the true Muslims.
Other fun facts about Islam...
Mohammed beheaded 600-900 Jews on one day.File under: it's all about Mohammed.
Mohammed ordered or supported 43 assassinations.
The prophet Mohammed commanded 65 military campaigns, and fought in 27 of them. He averaged an event of violence every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life.
The prophet Mohammed sanctioned the killing of about 10 poets who criticised him.
The prophet Mohammed took a Jewish girl (Safiyah) to bed on the night of torturing her husband to death.
Safiyah said: “Of all men, I hated the prophet the most—for he killed my husband, my brother, and my father”.
Mohammed sanctioned sex slaves as the spoils of war.
The Islamic holy books (Koran, Hadith, Sira) contain more Jew hatred (9%) than Mein Kampf (7%).
The Islamic calendar begins when Mohammed stopped being a peaceful preacher in Mecca and became a violent warlord in Medina.
The prophet Mohammed was poisoned by a Jewish women, following his attack on the Jewish settlement of Khaibar. He died three years later as a result.
Three of the first four Caliphs (Muslim rulers after the death of Mohammed) were also so well loved, they too met with violent death.