Islam is not the religion of peace. It began with a history of conquest, Muhammad the messenger of Allah (God) is a bad example to be the main focus of a religion. He committed genocide, slavery, oppression, rape and pedophilia, which raises concerns for me as an individual how people can be seen as a ideal spiritual leader/role model.
Islam shouldn't be penalized as not being a religion of peace due to it not being alone in causing oppression. The Crusades are an example of the harm caused by the Catholic Church. This debate is also focusing on Islam as a religion, so a single prophet shouldn't be the reason why Islam is bad.
The crusades went against the teachings of the bible thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal. Half of the crusades was about reclaiming byzantine lands, byzantine villagers still occupying the cities well at least in the first crusade. The reason i want to penalize Islam for not being the religion of peace is ,because of the influence of the scripture on individuals. Before the holy land was a christian place and had many Christians there until the conquests of Muhammad. Many of the ancestors of modern day Muslims were forced to become Muslim through Muhammad either convert, die or become slaves or highly taxed after being captured. Qur'an (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day".