Matthew Handley gives his argument for Islam being a peaceful religion. Follow Matthew Handley on Twitter @ twitter.com/matthandley92Facebook @ http://fb.me/theoxfordunionTwitter @ http://www.twitter.com/OxfordUnionOxford Union Website @ http://www.oxford-union.org/Matthew Handley started the debate by grounding it in recent events, deploring the previous day's "reprehensible act in Woolwich", a sentiment that he was sure would be shared by Muslims around the world.Handley continues by separating the religion of Islam from the individuals who "violently hijack faith for violent and maniacal ends" and maintains that the Qur'an has an "overwhelmingly peaceful character."In the light of the "decade long surge of violence and aggression" against Islam since 9/11, he summarises the debate as a choice between "love and hate and rejection, peace and conflict" and concludes: "I hope you make the right choice."MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.Yes's: 286No's: 168Filmed on 28/02/2013ABOUT MATTHEW HANDLEY:Studies History at Oxford University and is a mentor for the Debate Mate programme. ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY: The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.