Hello Turntoislam.com community, My name is Dakota and I am 15 years old, I want to address the serious nature of ignorance that I feel in highschool toward islam, Islamic people need to feel loved, and not treated like terrorists. I my self have been raised a buddhist, I am of buddhist nature and a lot of what I do in my life I try to round around buddhism, compassion and improving my lifestyle so that I can live a very peaceful and open minded life, However the problem against islam over the past year has deeply started to effect me in ways that are not imaginable. In my highschool there is a lack of religious faith from students and teachers, Lack of respect and understanding in general. A few weeks ago a girl talked to me about islam (something I know a lot about because of islamic friends and close members), she told me that the native population of my country was turning islamic, and that we should be aware, and that all islamic people are animals and they treat their wives like low meat. I WAS OUTRAGED. I then asked her, ; what is your relgion? She replied; Mormanism, I FELT, quite insulted. "how can someone totally unexperienced and ignorant say such a thing about islam, not only islam, but everyone of arabic ethnicity". I further discussed the issue with her, and told her my point of view. I explaned to her that being islamic is not bad, and that it is a good thing and that for someone like her who has no experience of the religion (only watch news), she should not judge it. I am not sure if this is the result of the media and internet? A lot of students at school say things like "you dirty arab", and other things that I think totally degrade the nation of that part of the world and also mecca. Teachers need to tell people about islam, or for that matter, all religions! Why should ALL islamic people be hated? they're people who believe in beloved Allah, and this is your right, islam LIKE ANY OHER WAY OF LIFE,got a bad, and a good side. I strongly hate, and advise against any anti-islam advertising or internet based interaction, chat rooms and media talk centres as well as television. The media is destroying the way and traditions of others lives and comfort. For me this makes my heart sad and full of sorrow. Is there anything I can do to stop the hatred? I feel so alone. Why do people do this? GEORGE BUSH HAS DESTROYED THE WORLD. "If only the world really knew who did 911, it was not islam it was America!!!" MAY ALLAH BE AND PROTECT ALL THAT FEEL THE NEED. MAY ALL THAT ARE AGAINST ALLAH, PLEASE, FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE WORLD AND THE ARABIC NATION AND ITS OUTSPREAD PEOPLES KEEP THEY'RE IGNORANT OPINIONS TO THEM SELVES. Please someone, give me some suggestions to prevent this, and actually educate islam hatred.