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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Sep 24, 2007 at 02:49

A short interview, but to the point. Dr. Pipes can sure "think on his feet". Very quick and concise.

I agree with tax exemption of churches in the U.S. However, I wonder if there are laws on the books with regards to when does a "church" no longer constitute a "church"? When did Jim Jones lose his tax-exempt status? Or David Coresh? I would be curious. No previous example, to my knowledge, exists, with regards to collectively canceling Mosques' tax exempt status. That is - say a number of Mosques in a particular geographical area have been shown, more often than not, to be in possesion of arms AND spew hate AND serve as locations to plan carnage. Would the government continue to deal one-on-one with each and every mosque?

What percentage of the above mentioned variety of Mosque ultimately would convince us that we're dealing with a cult, albeit a large one? I know I'm being sarcastic regarding tax-exemption. If a Mosque is of the above mentioned variety it should be closed down. But I have to say, the more I learn about Mosque activity in this country, the more I see comparison with cult behavior. Secrecy. Not alot of information comming from Muslims. Not alot of cooperation with the government from Muslims. From what I gather, this applies much more specifically with regards to consistant Mosque-going Muslims.

Observe the beginnings of David Coresh and Jim Jones (who both had not a small following of "god-loving, peaceful pilgrims"; they were left to their own devices and look what happened at Waco, Texas and with the "Cool-aid" drinkers in South America) - I would suggest that these are micro-cosmic illustrations of the trend we're witnessing today regarding Mosques. They profess, at first, peace, good-will, charity; it's followed by secrecy, radical indoctrination of the congregation, weapons cache, strict adherence and allegiance towards their "god" and towards their religious leadership. And again, above all else, secrecy.

The few Muslims I know personnaly do not frequent Mosques, if at all. So I do not of course have any first-hand knowledge of Muslims who do. But try and name any other religion in this country that has been found on more than one occasion to have an arsenal in it's basement. Wait a minute. That might not be such a bad idea. But the planning carnage? We gave Capital Punishment to Timothy McVeigh. GOOD. David Coresh was annihilated at Waco. GOOD. And to any of you white-supremist idiots who romanticize and sympathize with McVeigh, Coresh, OR Dennis Weaver for that matter, take my advice and join a Mosque. We're a nation of laws, not vigilanties. Don't get me started............. -JS

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