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The news is your source on Islam???

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Submitted by Chris G. (United States), Jul 13, 2007 at 10:19

If the news is your source on information Islam then you are sadly mislead. Having lived and travelled to many Islamic nations all over the world, I can attest to the fact that the islamic world is NOTHING like how Pat and many others on here portray it as. Nobody forced me to pay a special infidel tax, nobody threatened me with death if I didn't convert to islam, and nobody treated me like a 2nd class citizen. If Islam is so horrifically evil and they're all a bunch of terrorists, why have I never had problems in any Islamic country?

If you want to judge Muslims by the very worst and most fanatical amongst them, well that is your faulty logic to do so. Understand how the media works. Peaceful Muslims are boring and do not attract viewers. Bloody carnage, violence and fear is what makes headlines. If you want to learn about Muslims, I recommend that if you have a local Islamic community, that you go to their mosque, take off your choose as you enter, and tell the first person you run into that you'd like to learn if whether all Muslims are terrorists.

Before you know you'll have probably the Imam of the mosque or several other Muslims sitting down with you and engaging you in conversation. If you don't attack their beliefs in an ugly manner and are polite, they'll probably invite you for tea and introduce you to their friends...and soon enough you'll have a bunch of Muslim friends. Keep it at and soon you'll get to know who's who in the community and the general vibe of Muslims in your community. I think you will be quite surprised by what you find. I promise you that no conversion is necessary. I never converted to Islam and yet I'm always welcomed in my local mosques... and yes I asked many tough questions regarding terrorism and Jihad and all the stuff I see repeated her a million times. Try it sometime. Same goes for the rest of you who are so fearful and terrified of these Muslims.

Chris G.

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