However, that cultural tradition, "honor" killing (one in which already has women walking around in sheets) appears to happen more often than the case of Nigeria. I know there is things in the quran about beating women and womens place.
Even supposing that interpretation of the Qur'an, it still says nothing about killing women to preserve family honor. Honor killings are only endemic of certain cultures, not necessarily religions. Yazidis in Kurdistan, for example, practice it, while they are against Muslims and Islam.
Why anyone would choose to walk around in a black sheet in the middle of the desert is beyond me.
It isn't necessarily a black sheet. Also, exposing bare skin doesn't necessarily lead to being cooler, especially with the sun out in a desert.
I just think too often "we" atheist on this forum give the Muslims a free ride cause most tend to be anti-Zionist.
What do you call a "free ride"?
If "we" attach anti-Zionism to Islam, then it discredits anti-Zionism by limiting to a narrow group of people and adding extra baggage that "we" dont need. We already get labeled as Jew haters. Just think if the Arab world turned atheist over night but were still complaining about Israel and the things that they were doing? I think other people would take them more seriously and not so quick to label it as a religious war.
Zionists and Neocons tend to be either Jews or Christians, and most of the atheists on this forum come from Christian family backgrounds.
Islam doesn't really factor into that equation, so it tends to get little more attention here than any of the other religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc. How often do you see atheists here talking about those religions?
Plus, it's hard to successfully bash a religion, when a significant number of the people around you believe in it and are competent enough to defend it.