The Koran contains verses (surah) which incite racial hatred and murder against non-believers, Jews and Christians. Just one example: [Surah 4.89] "They [the unbelievers] desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then SEIZE THEM AND KILL THEM wherever you find them.... We (God) have given you clear authority"
These incitements were written in the 7th century CE when Mohammed was waging wars against other tribes to gain control of the cities of Medina and Mecca. They may have been appropriate then; they are not appropriate in the 21st century. Although moderate Muslims do not act upon them, they are now used with horrific results to incite hatred against Jews, Christians and the West in general and to justify mass murder of innocent men women and children, in the name of 'jihad' and 'martyrdom'. This is a world-wide issue, not just affecting the Middle East. We are all affected.
The full Koran in English translation can be read here (copy into url line) : http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/browse.html
The aim of the petition may seem to be a hopeless task, but what else can we do as intelligent and concerned human beings? Sit back and wait? Military and economic measures will not be the solution. Ideology ignores reality. The way to deal with Ideology is by ideology.
The United Nations has the power to call upon all member states to request and demand that its most senior Islamic clerics issue a fatwa stating that the surahs referring to killing and war, although 'God's words' should be INTERPRETED in the context of the 7th century battles, and not in the context of the 21st century. That is the aim of this petition.
The alternative is to continue to allow extremists to use the Koran as a justification for racial and religious hatred and mass murder. [Surah 8.65] O Prophet! urge the believers to war! So please sign and pass on this message, in the name of sanity and reason.